Associate Professor Janet George

BA, MPhil, PhD
Honorary Associate Professor in Social Work and Policy Studies
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The University of Sydney

Janet George's first professional qualification was in pharmacy and University teaching, followed by postgraduate qualifications in sociology and social policy. Her professional life has been focused on research, publication and teaching in the fields of social policy, social development and social work education, primarily at The University of Sydney.

During seven years in Hong Kong, Janet researched at The University of Hong Kong and taught at City Polytechnic (now university) of Hong Kong. For 15 years, she served on committees of the Asian and Pacific Association for Social Work Education (including as president from 1993-97) and the International Association of Schools of Social Work, as an elected Board member from 1990-94 and 1998-2002 and Vice-President (Asia-Pacific) 1994-97.

Janet's research and teaching interests are in the fields of health policy, notably published in States of Health: Health and Illness in Australia, which she co-authored with Alan Davis and which has been updated and republished in two succeeding editions.
Janet has also written numerous journal articles and presentations in the fields of social policy, social development, human rights, social work education and issue-based learning, social work and health care, ageing (including presenting the inaugural Celia Weisman lecture at the International Federation of Social Workers Conference, Adelaide, 2004). Administratively, served at The University of Sydney as Head of the Department of Social Work, Social Policy and Sociology from 1997–2000.

Asia-Pacific Association for Social Work Education Award for contribution to social work education, research and regional and international professional organisations

  • Member, Board of Directors, The Astor, Macquarie St, Sydney 2012–current
  • Member, Board of Directors, Cardiomyopathy Association of Australia. 
  • Member, Independent Scholars’ Association of Australia Committee, NSW Chapter 
  • Chair, committee planning the commemoration of the centenary of The Astor building, 2019–2023
  • Secretary, Cardiomyopathy Association of Australia and national contact co-ordinator 2009–2023
  • Member, NSW Ministerial Advisory Committee on Ageing, 2008–2011 
  • Member, Human Research Ethics Committee, Benevolent Society of New South Wales, 2007–2010 
  • Member, Human Research Ethics Committee, University of Sydney, 2002–2011 
  • Visiting Professor, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Departments of Sociology and Social Welfare, 1999 
  • Member, (part-time), Social Security Appeals Tribunal, Commonwealth of Australia (appointed by Australian Governor-General), 1996–2005 
  • Fellow, Research Institute for Asia and the Pacific, University of Sydney, 1987–2000

  • George, J. and Davis, A., States of Health: Health and Illness in Australia, Melbourne, Addison, Wesley, Longman, 3rd edition, 1998, (pp. 507 +xxxvi) 
  • George, J. and Davis, A., States of Health: Health and Illness in Australia, Sydney, Harper Educational, 2nd edition, 1993, (pp.475 + xiv) 
  • George, J. and Davis, A., States of Health: Health and Illness in Australia,, Sydney, Harper and Row, 1988, (pp.430 + ix) 

Selected Book Chapters
  • "Cultivating Wellbeing: Gardens and Health in Colonial New South Wales", in Poiner, G. and Jack, S. (eds) Gardens of History and Imagination: Growing New South Wales, 2016. Sydney University Press. 
  • "Social Work, Death and Dying In Australia" in Tan N. T. and Dodds I. (eds) Social Work Around the World, Vol. 2, 2002. International Federation of Social Workers, Berne. 
  • "Australia’s Health Policy" in Kobayashi, R. (ed.) Social Welfare in the Contemporary World: Australia and New Zealand, 2000, Junoousha, Tokyo. (In Japanese) 
  • "The allied health professions and death", in Kellehear A., (ed.) Death and Dying in Australia: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, 2000. Oxford University Press, Melbourne.

Selected Journal Articles
  • "Changing concepts in ageing: A social policy perspective", Asian Journal of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 2008, 3, 143-52. 
  • "Older People and the Last Gift of Time", inaugural Celia Weisman Memorial Lecture, IFSW/IASSW Biennial Congress, Adelaide, October, 2004, Social Worker [Journal of the Japanese Association of Social Workers] 2006, 3, pp.91–99. (in Japanese translation). 
  • "The Madrid Plan of Action on Ageing 2002 and Social Work", Asia-Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development, 2005, 15, 1, June, pp.51-61. 
  • "Changing Social Work Education in Australia" Social Work Education, 2001, 20, 1, pp.75-87 (with Lindsey Napier). 
  • The lady doctor's "warm welcome": Dr Alice Sibree and the early years of Hong Kong's maternity service 1903-1909. Journal of the Hong Kong Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, 1993, Vol.33, p.81-109.

Career, family and social change in 1960s Australia: An historical analysis of collected correspondence

Research on Hong Kong’s first woman doctor, a project flowing from my PhD research