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Personal profile

Wendy Bowles has been lecturing and researching in social work and human services at Charles Sturt University since 1991. Prior to commencing at CSU, Wendy worked mainly in the disability field and taught in social work at the University of New South Wales. Wendy's PhD is in quality of life of people with spina bifida as an issue of equality. Wendy also convenes the Australian Association of Social Work's National Education and Knowledge Development Committee.

A scholar of social work education and professional practice, Wendy enjoys teaching and researching in those areas that focus on social justice and human rights including rural issues, ethics and disability. Wendy has co-authored two books: one on social work ethics and one on social work research methods (now in its 3rd edition) as well as book chapters and journal articles. Supervising research students and being active within the university, professional and disability communities are Wendy's priorities.

Research interests

  • Rural and regional welfare issues, including those experienced by diverse groups such as those with disabilities or from Aboriginal or CALD backgrounds
  • Social work field education / Workplace Learning
  • Ethics
  • Research methodology


  • Supervising doctoral students
    • Principal supervisor – 8 current students (past students – 2 – both successfully completed)
    • Associate supervisor – 3 current students (5 past students, all successfully completed)
  • Supervising masters students – have supervised 9 masters students, 8 of whom successfully completed (1 still in progress)
  • Honours students – many supervised. Most recent graduates have continued to PhD studies
  • Social work theory and practice subjects - undergraduate and postgraduate
  • Ethics
  • Field education (practicum, Workplace Learning)
  • Disability studies

Professional Information

  • Convenor, AASW National Education and Knowledge Development Committee Nov 2013 – current.
  • Convenor, National Field Education Sub-Committee AASW, 2007-2008, 2011-2013.
  • Member, AASW National Education Committee, 2009-2013.
  • Member, ASWEAS Review Reference Group (AASW), 2012
  • Member, Australian Council Heads of Schools of Social Work, 2014 – current.
  • Member, Centrelink National Professional Practice Reference Group, 2008 – 2012.
  • Contributions to 3 Centrelink Area South West social work conferences
    • Wagga 2006 – Engaging Indigenous communities
    • Bathurst 2007- ethics and supervision
    • Orange 2011 – engaging with communities
    • Centrelink 2010 – negotiated MOU CSU-Area South West Centrelink
  • Presenter - supervision workshop to ACT AASW Branch members, August 2012. Over 50 social workers attended.
  • Supervision workshops to field educators around the state in collaboration with CSU colleagues. Sites include:
    • Dubbo (2014, 2013, 2006)
    • Wagga (2013, 2007, 2006, 2005)
    • Gosford (2013)
    • Wollongong (2013, 2006)
    • Ballina (2012)
    • Grafton (2012)
    • Coffs Harbour (2008)
    • Port Macquarie (2008)
    • Bathurst (2007)
    • Young (2007)
    • Bega (2006)
    • Bateman's Bay (2006)
  • Member, Combined Universities' Field Education Group (CUFEG)
  • Chair, Access Committee, Bland Shire Council, 1999 - current
  • Member, Board of Director, IDEAS 2013 - current
  • Member, Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), 1991 - current

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Research Output

  • 1 Chapter (peer-reviewed)

A people world, rather than a paper world—Bronwyn Hyde

Pawar, M. & Bowles, W., 2017, Empowering social workers: Virtuous practitioners. Pawar, M., Hugman, R., Alexandra, A. & Anscombe, A. W. B. (eds.). 1st ed. Singapore: Springer, p. 101-122 22 p.

Charles Sturt University

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