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Mim Fox Dr.

Senior Lecturer, Social Work

  • Academic Program Director, Masters of Social Work (Qualifying) - School of Health and Society - Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities 2021 -

Overview


The focus of Dr Mim fox’s research is in the articulation and translation of social work practice knowledge. This research agenda is pursued in the fields of digital technologies and social work practice in the healthcare sector. Dr Fox is a collaborative and qualitative researcher, working in partnership with social workers in the hospital and community health setting to engage in practice-based research that pursues an agenda of evidence-based evaluation. Current projects in this space include an indepth exploration of compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma in hospital social workers, and the development of research capacity amongst healthcare social workers. Dr Fox also hosts the Social Work Stories podcast, researching the impact of storytelling in the digital space on social work education and practice. Since its launch in 2018, the Social Work Stories podcast has had over 60,000 downloads, is listened to in over 90 countries, and used in social work undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum across Australia. The impact of the Social Work Stories podcast has been evidenced in the decision making of potential social work students as to their career paths, the choice of practice setting for newly graduated social workers, and the simulation of clinical supervision in the digital space for advanced practitioners. 

Top Publications


    Year Title
    2019 International field placements: The models Australian social work programmes are currently using
    Published in   International Social Work
    2017 Student isolation: the experience of distance on an international field placement
    Published in   Social Work Education
    2017 The theory tree: an extensive representation of social work theory for use in practice
    Published in   Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education

Research Overview


  • My principal research interests lie in the field of health social work, social work professional identity development and social work education. Of particular interest to me is the building of researching capacity of hospital and community health social workers. I have a Research partnership with South east Sydney Local Health District where i collaborate on practice-based research projects with hospital social workers, and provide professional development on developing research and academic writing skills for practitioners. I also research in field education, work integrated learning and international social work. I am the Co-Editor of Advances in Social Work & Welfare Education, the Journal for ANZSWWER (Australian & New Zealand Social Work & Welfare Education & Research). I also research and write on the critical use of creative arts and film in social work education and am the Co-Host of the social work education podcast, Social Work Stories. Social Work Stories is a critical discussion of everyday social work practice, featuring anonymous social workers discussing the case studies that have challenged their practice. 


Selected Publications


Impact Story


  • <p>The organisational mission and workload demands in the health services can restrict and constrain a social worker's capacity to fully engage with their social work professional identity, including the ability to critique their practice and be cognisant of gaps in service to clients. In partnership with South East Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD), Dr Fox is impacting upon the way social workers engage with research and their own professional identity.</p><p>Since 2015, Dr Fox has been engaging with health based social workers through a practice-based research partnership. The partnership sees social workers as full members of the research team. Through workshops, one on one mentoring, and practical support social workers are developing the knowledge and skills to conduct practice-based research, and contribute to scholarship through presentations and publications. The body of work is also contributing to an ongoing change in culture within the health services in which these social workers are based. The value of Dr Fox’s work is demonstrated in a cultural shift which has shown time being set aside each week for ward based social workers to participate in research activities, the inclusion of a research agenda in the regular workings of hospital social work departments, and successful grants supporting social work research in the health setting.</p><p>A current research project being conducted by the partnership includes a large scale project exploring compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma in hospital social workers. The aim of the project is to build capacity in hospital social workers to engage in research that is meaningful to their professional identity and increase capacity to create change for their patients and families. The first of its kind, this project is being carried out entirely by social work practitioners and managers in four large metropolitan hospitals. Concurrent to their involvement in conducting the research, the eight social worker research team members are undertaking participatory action research, exploring their own experiences in collaborative, practice-based research. Through this project Dr Fox has impacted the hospital environment and culture around research capacity, the professional perspective of hospital social workers in regards to their capacity to create change, and cemented relationship-based practice as a collaborative research framework.</p>

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Occupational Identity and Its Effect on Career Re-Direction Investigating He relationship between occupational Identity and vocational re-Direction work related injuries Girdler, Ross
    Doctor of Philosophy Smartphone Use and Smartphone Addiction among Saudi Adolescents Alotaibi, Mohammad
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Deaf Consumers and Mental Health Service Delivery Rozsa-Brown, Dalia
    Master of Philosophy -SOC Meeting the Psycho-Social Needs of Patients and Families in an Acute Hospital: Evaluating Social Work Intervention During End of Llife Care McIlveen, Joanna
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) The Effectiveness of Perpetrator Programs for Domestic Violence, Specifically Domestic Violence Perpetrator Programs (DVPP). Jennings, Grace

Full Name


  • Dr Mim Fox

Mailing Address


  • University of Wollongong

    School of Health & Society

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2252

    Australia

Top Publications


    Year Title
    2019 International field placements: The models Australian social work programmes are currently using
    Published in   International Social Work
    2017 Student isolation: the experience of distance on an international field placement
    Published in   Social Work Education
    2017 The theory tree: an extensive representation of social work theory for use in practice
    Published in   Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education

Research Overview


  • My principal research interests lie in the field of health social work, social work professional identity development and social work education. Of particular interest to me is the building of researching capacity of hospital and community health social workers. I have a Research partnership with South east Sydney Local Health District where i collaborate on practice-based research projects with hospital social workers, and provide professional development on developing research and academic writing skills for practitioners. I also research in field education, work integrated learning and international social work. I am the Co-Editor of Advances in Social Work & Welfare Education, the Journal for ANZSWWER (Australian & New Zealand Social Work & Welfare Education & Research). I also research and write on the critical use of creative arts and film in social work education and am the Co-Host of the social work education podcast, Social Work Stories. Social Work Stories is a critical discussion of everyday social work practice, featuring anonymous social workers discussing the case studies that have challenged their practice. 


Selected Publications


Impact Story


  • <p>The organisational mission and workload demands in the health services can restrict and constrain a social worker's capacity to fully engage with their social work professional identity, including the ability to critique their practice and be cognisant of gaps in service to clients. In partnership with South East Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD), Dr Fox is impacting upon the way social workers engage with research and their own professional identity.</p><p>Since 2015, Dr Fox has been engaging with health based social workers through a practice-based research partnership. The partnership sees social workers as full members of the research team. Through workshops, one on one mentoring, and practical support social workers are developing the knowledge and skills to conduct practice-based research, and contribute to scholarship through presentations and publications. The body of work is also contributing to an ongoing change in culture within the health services in which these social workers are based. The value of Dr Fox’s work is demonstrated in a cultural shift which has shown time being set aside each week for ward based social workers to participate in research activities, the inclusion of a research agenda in the regular workings of hospital social work departments, and successful grants supporting social work research in the health setting.</p><p>A current research project being conducted by the partnership includes a large scale project exploring compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma in hospital social workers. The aim of the project is to build capacity in hospital social workers to engage in research that is meaningful to their professional identity and increase capacity to create change for their patients and families. The first of its kind, this project is being carried out entirely by social work practitioners and managers in four large metropolitan hospitals. Concurrent to their involvement in conducting the research, the eight social worker research team members are undertaking participatory action research, exploring their own experiences in collaborative, practice-based research. Through this project Dr Fox has impacted the hospital environment and culture around research capacity, the professional perspective of hospital social workers in regards to their capacity to create change, and cemented relationship-based practice as a collaborative research framework.</p>

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Occupational Identity and Its Effect on Career Re-Direction Investigating He relationship between occupational Identity and vocational re-Direction work related injuries Girdler, Ross
    Doctor of Philosophy Smartphone Use and Smartphone Addiction among Saudi Adolescents Alotaibi, Mohammad
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Deaf Consumers and Mental Health Service Delivery Rozsa-Brown, Dalia
    Master of Philosophy -SOC Meeting the Psycho-Social Needs of Patients and Families in an Acute Hospital: Evaluating Social Work Intervention During End of Llife Care McIlveen, Joanna
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) The Effectiveness of Perpetrator Programs for Domestic Violence, Specifically Domestic Violence Perpetrator Programs (DVPP). Jennings, Grace

Full Name


  • Dr Mim Fox

Mailing Address


  • University of Wollongong

    School of Health & Society

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2252

    Australia

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