The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work has a long history in social policy teaching and research. It is one of the School's recognised core teaching, research and service strengths. Given the current environment in which we work, the School recognises the need for leadership in critically informed and practical engagement with social policy issues at a state, national and international level. Consequently, at a meeting in November 2004, staff endorsed a proposal to establish a Social Policy Unit within the School. The Unit has three main aims:

  1. To promote, both internally in the University and externally in the community, the existence of a group of scholars with expertise in social policy research, teaching and consultancy
  2. To develop the social policy discipline and its visibility at UQ and in Australia
  3. To develop partnerships with external bodies to promote public debate and advocacy on key contemporary social policy issues

Social Policy Unit Publications

  • The Experience of Using Fringe Lenders in Queensland - A Pilot Study
  • Australian Costs of Raising Children, by Dr Paul Henman
  • Books and Edited Collection
  • Book Chapters
  • Journal Articles 
  • Refereed Conference Papers
  • Research Reports 
  • Other Academic Contributions 
  • Student Research Projects

For further information about the Unit's research activities and events please contact  Dr Paul Henman (Director of the Social Policy Unit) on For information on social policy postgraduate teaching contact the School on