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Mark Hughes
Professor Mark Hughes
BSW(Hons)(JCU), PhD(UQ)
Current Appointment: Chair of Discipline (Social Work and Community Welfare)
Organisational Unit: Faculty of Health

Telephone: 07 5589 3169
Location: Gold Coast, Building A3.28; Lismore V Block, V1.03
Campus: Gold Coast
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Mark Hughes is a social worker and has worked in health, aged care and mental health settings in both Australia and the UK. He has also worked as a social work academic at the University of Queensland, the University of New South Wales, and Goldsmiths College, University of London. He is currently Dean and Head of School, School of Arts and Social Sciences.

Mark's research interests centre around ageing and the delivery of health and aged care services to older people. He has completed research projects on conflict and violence in care-giving relationships involving older people, dementia and care-giving, older people's transitions through health and community care systems, and educational initiatives to facilitate reflective practice with older people. In addition to work on ageing, Mark has also published more broadly on social work and social work education.

He is currently engaged in a program of research on ageing in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) communities, which has involved projects on sexual identity expression in health and aged care, lesbian and gay people's experiences and expectations in accessing services, and the care networks of older LGBTI people.


Advancing Social Work Research - ARC Discovery Grant 2017-2020
The aim of the Advancing Social Work Research project is to increase the production, utilisation, and impact of social work research in Australia in order to improve the quality and effectiveness of human services. It is designed to enhance conceptual, methodological, and empirical understandings of the distinctive nature of social work research and its contribution to human services policy and practice. Research team: Professor Clare Tilbury, Griffith University; Professor Mark Hughes, Southern Cross University; Professor Christine Bigby, La Trobe University; Professor Mike Fisher, University of Bedfordshire, UK

Reducing Health Disparities for Older LGBTI Australians - ARC Linkage Grant 2016-2019
This project brings together researchers and key organisations in the health, aged care, and LGBTI sectors to build a much-needed evidence base to optimise health and aged care services throughout Australia. It will utilise quantitative and qualitative methods to provide detailed data on the health and support-related challenges and needs of older LGBTI Australians, as well as the educational and support needs of service providers, and will develop essential resources to support policymakers and service providers in reducing the health disparities faced by older LGBTI Australians. Research team: A/Prof Anthony Lyons, La Trobe University; Dr Catherine Barrett, La Trobe University; Prof Victor Minichiello, University of New England; Prof Mark Hughes, Southern Cross University; Prof Karen Fredriksen-Goldsen, University of Washington, USA.