SCU Staff Directory
Professor Mark Hughes
Current Appointment: Professor
Organisational Unit: Faculty of Health
Telephone: 0405 386 976
Location: Gold Coast
Campus: Gold Coast
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 a former Dean of Arts and Social Sciences and Chair of Academic Board at Southern Cross University. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Australasian Journal on Ageing.
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 queer (LGBTQ+) 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 LGBTQ+ people.