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Personal profile

Heather is a lecturer in Social Work and Human Services at Charles Sturt University.  She began work in the field of disability in the 1990's and later practiced in areas of child welfare, school social work, women's health, and private practice.  Heather grew up in rural New South and has maintained an interest in rural social work practice, as well as other areas within a rural context, particularly ecological practice and gender.

Teaching

Heather began teaching in the Social Work and Human Services discipline at CSU in 2003, initially as a casual lecturer, and since 2008 as a permanent staff member.  Heather has taught in a broad range of subject areas, including social work theory and practice, social policy, child welfare, communications, introductory social welfare and fields of practice.  Heather has a particular interest in assisting students transition developed knowledge (e.g. values and ethics, theory) into articulated strategies and approaches for practice and provides social work students with supervision when undertaking practicum placements as part of their course work.  Heather is also involved in supporting social work students on international study abroad programs to develop knowledge and understanding about the global context of practice issues.

Research Interests

Although Heather has an interest in various research areas, her main focus relates to ecological social work.  Heather commenced her PhD in 2013 to explore how ecological approaches can be incorporated into foundations of social work practice, and has published several articles relating to this topic.  Heather's other areas of interest include gender, internationalisation and rural social work.

Professional Information

  • Member of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)
  • Committee member of Lila Kirilik Social Justice Committee
  • Advisory Group Member for Relationships Australia, Riverina Branch

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Research Output

  • Social justice theory and practice for social work (Book review)

    Boetto, H., 2020, In : Australian Social Work. 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Student participation in study abroad programs: Social justice implications for tertiary education

    Wonson, M., Boetto, H. & Moorhead, B., 13 Aug 2020, In : Australian Social Work. p. 1-13 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Advancing transformative eco-social change: Shifting from modernist to holistic foundations

    Boetto, H., 03 Apr 2019, In : Australian Social Work. 72, 2, p. 139-151 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 7 Citations (Scopus)

    Prizes

  • Journal Prize: International Social Work Journal

    Boetto, Heather (Recipient), Bowles, Wendy (Recipient), Jennifer McKinnon (Recipient) & Peter Jones (Recipient), 2018

    Prize: Award

  • Activities

    • 2 Advisory panel/policy group/board
    • 2 Professional association or peak discipline body
    • 1 Expert/advisor
    • 1 External research and teaching

    National Advisory Panel for Climate Change - Australian Association of Social Work

    Heather Boetto (Panel member)

    2020 → …

    Activity: Academic engagement & professional developmentExpert/advisor

    Expert panelist - Social Workers for Climate Action: Australian Association of Social Work CPD Webinar Program

    Heather Boetto (Panel member)

    12 Aug 2020

    Activity: Academic engagement & professional developmentExternal research and teaching

    The Riverina Anglican College (External organisation)

    Heather Boetto (Member)

    2019 → …

    Activity: Membership Advisory panel/policy group/boardIndustry

    International Federation of Social Workers (External organisation)

    Heather Boetto (Member)

    2016 → …

    Activity: Membership Professional association or peak discipline bodyIndustry

    Relationships Australia Advisory Panel (External organisation)

    Heather Boetto (Member)

    Feb 2013 → …

    Activity: Membership Advisory panel/policy group/boardIndustry

    Press / Media

    International prize for CSU social work academics

    Heather Boetto, Wendy Bowles & Jennifer McKinnon

    03/06/19

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    Social work in the age of climate change

    Heather Boetto

    24/05/18

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    Ecosocial Work - Where people and the environment meet

    Heather Boetto

    19/03/18

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    Charles Sturt University Medal

    Heather Boetto

    11/12/17

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Press / Media