Dr Rosalie Pockett



Phone: 9036 5371


Building.Room: A35.

Research interests

Social work and social policy

  • Ageing and end-of-life
  • Counselling, welfare and community services
  • Social work in health care


practice based research, health inequalities, interprofessional education, critical reflection and practice

Professional biography

Dr Pockett has extensive practice experience in the health sector.

Research interests include practice-based research in the health field; health inequalities; interprofessional education; the occupational culture of social work; and the transition of new graduate social workers to professional practice.

Professional and community roles

  • Member of the Australian Association of Social Workers

  • Member of the Social Work Health Inequalities Network (SWHIN)

    An international network of social workers in health and mental health 

  • Chair, Editorial Board Australian Social Work

    Reviews Editor, Australian Social Work

    The Journal of the Australian Association of Social Workers 

Selected publications


  • Fawcett, B & Pockett, R. (2015). Turning Ideas into Research:Theory, Design and Practice. UK: SAGE:UK.
  • O'Hara, A and Pockett, R. (2011). Skills for Human Service Practice:Working with individuals, groups and communities. . (2nd ed.), South Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
  • Pockett, R, Giles, R. (2008). Critical Reflection: Generating theory from practice. The graduating social work student experience. Sydney: Darlington Press.

Book chapters

  • Giles, R., Pockett, R. . (2019). Supporting diversity and finding congruity in social work field education . In F. Gardner, J. Theobald, N. Long & H. Hickson (Ed.), Field education: Creating successful placements Docklands, Victoria: Oxford University Press.
  • Beddoe, E., Pockett, R. . (2017). Working in Health Social Work . In M. Connolly, L. Harms and J. Maidment (Eds.), Social Work Contexts and Practice. (4th ed.,), South Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
  • Dunston, R., Forman, D., Matthews, L., Nicol, P., Pockett, R., Rogers, G., Steketee, C, & Thistlethwaite, J. . (2015). Utilizing curriculum renewal as a way of leading cultural change in Australian Health Professional Education. In Forman, D., Jones, M & Thistlethwaite, J. (Ed.), Leadership and Collaboration. Further developments for interprofessional education (pp. 121–134), UK: Palgrave macmillan.
  • Pockett, R and Beddoe, E. (2014). Social Work in Health Care: An International Perspective . In A. Lalos, B. Blom, S. Moren, M. Olsson (Ed.), Social Work in Health Care (pp. 216–234), Stockholm, Sweden: Natur & Kultur.
  • Giles, R & Pockett, R . (2012). Critical Reflection and Social Work Education . In Jan Fook and Fiona Gardner (Eds.), Critical Reflection in Context Oxon, UK: Taylor and Francis.
  • Pockett, Rosalie . (2009). Data-mining 'victim of crime' presentations in hospital emergency departments: a research tool with wider significance . In Bywaters, P., McLeod, E., Napier, L. (Ed.), Social Work and Global Health Inequalities:practice and policy developments (pp. 217–223), Bristol, UK: The Policy Press.
  • Pockett, R. (2008). Human service professionals, violence and the workplace. In Barbara Fawcett and Fran Waugh (Eds.), Addressing Violence, Abuse and Oppression: Debates and Challenges (Vol. 1, pp. 174–186), New York London: Routledge.

Journal articles

  • Pockett, R., Hobbs, K., Araullo, R. Dave, K. (in press). Social work interventions in cancer care. Australian Social Work. DOI:10.1080/0312407X.2020.1748673
  • Pockett,R. (2018). Australian Social Work Awards. Editorial . Australian Social Work , 71(3), 257–260.
  • Pockett, R., M. Peate, Hobbs, K., Dzidowska, M., Bell, M., Baylock, B. & Epstein, I. . (2016). The characteristics of oncology social work in Australia: Implications for workforce planning in integrated cancer care. Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, 12(2016), 444–452. DOI:10.1111/ajco.12482
  • Pockett, R. (2016). Holding back and going forward: Social work’s relationship with leadership and management. . Social Work Focus, 1(2), 24–25.
  • Pockett, R. & Beddoe, E. (2015). Social work in health care: An international perspective. International Social Work, 12, 444–452. DOI:10.1177/0020872814562479
  • Pockett, R., Dzidowska, M. & Hobbs, K. (2015). Social work intervention research with adult cancer patients: A literature review and reflection on knowledge-building for practice. Social Work in Health Care, 54(7), 582–614.
  • Pockett, R. (2014). 'Health in all placements' as a curriculum strategy in social work education. Social Work Education, 33(4), 731–743. DOI:10.1080/02615479.2013.874411
  • Pockett, R., Hobbs, K., Dzidowska, M., Peate, M. . (2012). Describing oncology social work practice in Australia: what is the current 'state of play'? . Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology/Psycho-Oncolgy , 129(absr(8 (supp3).
  • Matthews,L., Pockett, R., Nisbet, G., Thistlethwaite, J.,Dunston, R., Lee, A., White, J. . (2011). Building capacity in Australian interprofessional health education: perspectives from key health and higher education stakeholders. Australian Health Review, 35(2), 136–140. DOI:10.1071/AH10886 0156-5788/11/020
  • Pockett, Rosalie. (2010). Interprofessional Education for Practice: Some Implications for Australian Social Work . Australian Social Work , 63(2), 207–222. DOI:10.1080/03124070903060059
  • Pockett, R., Walker, E., Dave, K. . (2010). 'Last Orders': Dying in a Hospital Setting . Australian Social Work , 63(3), 250–265. DOI:10.1080/0312407X.2010.497928
  • Thistlethwaite, J., Lee, A., Dunston, R., Nisbet, G., Matthews, L., Pockett, R. (2009). Interprofessional developments in Australia- L-TIPP (Aus) and the Way Forward. Journal of Interprofessional Care , 23(4), 315–317. DOI:10.1080/13561820903028251
  • Pockett, R. (2006). Learning from Each Other: The Social Work Role as an Integrated Part of the Hospital Disaster Response. Social Work in Health Care, 43(2-3), 131–149.
  • Pockett, R. (2003). Staying in Hospital Social Work. Social Work in Health Care, 36(3), 1–24.
  • Pockett, R, Lord, B, Dennis, J. (2001). The development of an Australian national classification system for social work practice in health care. Social Work in Health Care, 34(1/2), 177–193.

Conference papers

  • Pockett, R. (2018). Using a health inequalities lens in clinical data-mining studies in hospital settings: social work in oncology. . In Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Community Development. . Royal Dublin Society, Dublin Ireland, 3-7 July, 2018.
  • Pockett, R. . (2016). Exploring health inequalities through the lens of social work interventions: a hospital data mining study in cancer care.. In The 8th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health. Enhancing the Human Condition: Negotiating and Creating Change. National University of Singapore, Singapore, 19th – 23rd June 2016.
  • Pockett, R., Joubert, L., Hocking, A., Hobbs, K. . (2016). Grounding oncology social work in theory, practice and evidence: An academic and practitioner collaboration.. In The 8th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health. Enhancing the Human Condition: Negotiating and Creating Change.. National University of Singapore, Singapore., 19th – 23rd June 2016..
  • Pockett, R., Hobbs, K., Dzidowska, M., Epstein, I. . (2014). Social Work in Australian cancer services: A practice research study.. In 3rd International Conference on Practice Research.. Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, New York, New, June 9-11, 2014.
  • Pockett, R. (2014). Promoting health inequalities in the social work curriculum through interprofessional education and communities of practice.. In Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development.. Melbourne Convention Centre, Victoria, July 9-12, 2014.
  • Pockett, R. (2013). Adapting the global initiative of ‘Health in all policies’ to social work field education through a ‘health in all placements’ strategy to promote health inequalities in the curriculum. . In 7th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health. University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA, 23-27 June, 2013.
  • Pockett, R . (2013). Developing the social work curriculum: promoting health inequalities within social work education, practice and research. . In 7th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health. University of Southern California, Los Angeles USA, 23-27 June 2013.
  • Pockett, R. (2012). Conceptualising the 'social' in health and health inequalities: initiatives in Australian social work education . In Joint World Conference on Social Work and Social Development: Action and Impact. 8-12 July, 2012 Stockholm, Sweden. . Stockholm Sweden, 8-12 July, 2012.
  • Pockett, R., Hobbs, K., Dzidowska, M., Peate, M. . (2012). Describing oncology social work and practice in Australia: what is the current 'state of play'? . In Joint Meeting of COSA 39th Annual Scientific Meeting and IPOS 14th World Congress of Psycho-Oncology. Brisbane, Qld Australia, 13-15 November, 2012.
  • Pockett, R. (2011). The inclusion of health inequalities in the social work curriculum: an Australian perspective. . In Translating global perspectives on health inequalities research into social work education - a Pacific Rim perspective. University of Sydney; University of Warwick; Seoul National University and University of Auckland. . University of Sydney and On-Line Symposium, 9th November, 2011.
  • Pockett, R. (2010). Teaching teamwork in social work education. In Tenth Doris Siegel Memorial Colloquium 'Promoting and sustaining excellence in clinical social work practice'. Mt Sinai Medical Center New York NY USA, 23-24 June, 2010.
  • Pockett, R. (2010). Putting back the 'social'. Addressing health inequalities as part of hospital social work practice: A collaborative model between practitioners and academics.. In Changing Health. 6th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health. University College Dublin, Ireland, 28 June - 2 July, 2010. .
  • Pockett, R. (2006). Victims of crime presentations in an emergency department: an unexpected profile. In 5th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health. Hong Kong, 10 – 14 December 2006.
  • Pockett, R. (2001). Why Social Workers Stay in Hospital Settings. In Rosenberg and Weissman Behavioral and Social Sciences in 21st Century Health Care: Contributions and Opportunities : Papers from the Eighth Doris Siegel Memorial Colloquium . Mt Sinai Medical Center New York, July 2004.


  • Pockett, R., Hobbs, K., Araullo, R. & Dave, K. . (2020). Social Work Interventions in Cancer Care: Final Report, University of Sydney eScholarship Repository.
  • Interprofessional Curriculum Renewal Consortium, Australia. (Pockett, R. Project Partner - University of Sydney). (2013). Interprofessional Education: a National Audit. Report to Health Workforce Australia , Sydney, Australia.
  • Dunston, Roger; Lee, Adrian; Lee, Alison; Matthews, Lynda; Nisbet, Gillian; Pockett, Rosalie; Thistlethwaite Jill; White, Jill. . (2009). Interprofessional Health Education in Australia: The Way Forward. A document prepared by Learning and Teaching for Interprofessional Practice, Australia, L-TIPP (Aus), a project co-managed by The University of Sydney and the University of Technology, Sy, .
  • Pockett, R & Postle, K. (2009). International Social Work Journal Special Issue: Health Editorial and Guest Editor 52(4) July 2009, International Social Work An official journal of the International Association of Schools of Social Work; International Council on Social Welfare; International Federation of Social Workers Sage: London .