Dr Rosalie Barbara Pockett AM

Honorary Senior Lecturer
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Rosalie Pockett is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Sydney School of Education and Social Work (SSESW) at The University of Sydney. She has a career background in hospital/health social work practice and her areas of research interest include: health inequalities and social justice perspectives; interprofessional education and practice; critical reflection in education; leadership and management in social work; advanced care and end-of-life care planning; practice-based research; professional practice supervision; new graduates and the workplace; the occupational culture of social work, and classification systems for social work practice. Rosalie has held the following positions in SSESW:
  • Honorary Senior Lecturer (2014–present) 
  • BSW Program Director (2010–2014) 
  • Research Progress Manager 
  • Research Ethics Adviser 

She has provided postgraduate and higher-degree research supervision in a range of areas including dementia and guardianship; social care and social enterprise in Korea; parent carers and interdisciplinary teams; social work as emotional labour; transitioning to residential aged care; and stroke rehabilitation and family conferences.

Before joining SSESW, Rosalie had worked in health-related social work for more than 25 years, including as Director of Social Work at Westmead Hospital and Area Director, Western Sydney Area Health Service, NSW Health.

Member of the Order of Australia, for significant service to the community through social
welfare education and initiatives, Australian Government 

  • Editorial Advisor, Australian Social Work (Journal of the Australian Association of Social Workers)
  • Member, Australian Association of Social Workers 
  • Editorial Board (Asia-Pacific Region), Social Work Education: The International Journal 
  • Member, Social Work Health Inequalities Network (SWHIN) 
  • Reviewer, Australian Social Work
  • Reviewer, International Social Work
  • Reviewer, Social Work Education
  • Reviewer, Studies in Continuing Education
  • Reviewer, Aoteatoa New Zealand Social Work Journal
  • Reviewer, Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education
  • Reviewer, Journal of Qualitative Research

  • O’Hara, A., and Pockett, R. Skills for Human Service Practice: Working with Individuals, Groups and Communities (3rd Edition) South Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
  • Fawcett, B. and Pockett, R. (2015). Turning ideas into research: Theory, design and practice. UK: Sage.
  • O’Hara, A., and Pockett, R. (2011). Skills for Human Service Practice: Working with Individuals, Groups and Communities (2nd Edition) South Melbourne: Oxford University Press. 
  • Pockett, R., and Giles, R. (2008). Critical Reflection: Generating theory from practice. The graduating social work student experience. Sydney: Darlington Press.

Selected book chapters
  • Giles, R., and Pockett, R. (2018). "Supporting diversity and finding congruity in social work field education." in F. Gardner, J. Theobold, N. Long & H. Hickson (Eds). Field Education. Creating Successful Placements. South Melbourne: Oxford University Press. 
  • Beddoe, E. and Pockett, R. (2017). "Working in Health Social Work." In M. Connolly, L. Harms and J. Maidment (Eds). Social Work Contexts and Practice, 4th Edition. South Melbourne: Oxford University Press. 
  • Pockett, R. and Beddoe, E. (2014). "Social Work in health care: an international perspective." In Social Work in Health Care, Stockholm Sweden: Natur & Kultur. 

Selected journal articles
  •  Pockett, R. (2022). Editorial: Associate Professor Fiona McDermott: in appreciation, Australian Social Work, 75:4, 405-406, https://doi.org/10.1080/0312407X.2022.2075304 
  •  Pockett, R., Hobbs, K. Social Work and Cancer: The Unique Contribution of Social Workers. (2022). Australian Social Work, 75:2, 133-134, Guest Editor Special Issue. https://doi.org/10.1080/0312407X.2021.1988664 
  • Pockett, R., Hobbs, K., Holden, N. (2021) "The challenges of Using Available Practice Classification Systems in Researching Social Work," Australian Social Work, DOI: 10.1080/0312407X.2021.1986559.
  • Pockett, R., Hobbs, K., Araullo, R., Dave, D. (2019). "Social Work Interventions in Cancer Care," Australian Social Work, doi/full/10.1080/0312407X.2020.1748673.
  • Pockett, R. (2018). Australian Social Work Awards. Editorial, Australian Social Work, 71 (3) 257-260. 
  • Pockett, R., and Beddoe, E. (2017). "Social Work in Health Care: An International Perspective," International Social Work 60, (1) 126–139. Published online: 16 February 2015 
  • doi/10.1177/0020872814562479
  • Pockett, R., Peate, M., Hobbs, K., Dzidowska, M., Bell, M L., 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: 444–452. 
  • 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., 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: the International Journal, 33(6) 731-743. DOI:10.1080/02615479.2013.874411 

Selected reports
  • Pockett, R., Hobbs, K., Araullo, R., Dave, K. (2020) "Social Work Interventions in Cancer Care: Final Report." University of Sydney eScholarship Repository