Ines has extensive work experience as a social worker in social welfare practice since 1992, exposing her to a broad range of interventions and fields of practice Research has been an integral part of Ines’ professional social work practice. Examples include two projects at the North Queensland Domestic Violence Resource Service one developing perpetrator programs, the other the education in schools project as well as conducting the NQDVRS’s self-assessment against the Practice Standards of the Department of Communities. Over the years, Ines’ work in this area has attracted three Queensland Domestic Violence Prevention Awards and an Australian Violence Prevention Merit Award.
Ines is currently teaching and working in the field education team in Social Work and Humans Services at JCU. She completed her PhD in 2015, and her thesis topic was ‘Social Work Field Education with External Supervision’. Ines is a collaborator in a current OLT grant exploring internationalisation is social work education. Ines has published widely, with a particular focus on field education and social work education. Ines social work practice experience and research interest are particularly centred around, child and youth welfare, violence prevention, professional development of supervision, social justice and human rights, women’s issues and field education for social work students.