Creating change in policy and communities for positive impact

Our School creates industry-ready change makers that have hands on experience and learn from experts with strong links to the health sector, government and community.

Our teachings are designed to develop high-level practitioners, with competence in all areas, capable of promoting social justice and equality.


We have a range of scholarships for current students.


The HSSWA were awarded Student Guild Club of the Year 2017. The HSSWA provides membership to students and alumni of Griffith University's School of Human Services and Social Work. Our club was created out of need and purpose:

  • We endeavour to raise awareness of what human services and social work is all about,
  • We aim to create engaging environments for networking through social activities,
  • We strive to build students up by provide professional development opportunities and further ongoing support as they move forward into their career.

Lesley Chenoweth Award for Social Justice and Equity

Conferred to an outstanding student in the School who demonstrates contribution to equity and social justice in at least two of the following areas:

  • Student engagement and capacity building
  • Community engagement and capacity building;
  • Engaging with other disciplines and professions;
  • Internationalisation efforts;
  • Promoting the profession and its role in social justice and equity issues;
  • Outstanding self-advocacy or allyship in promoting social justice for diverse groups and individuals;
  • Promoting the importance of lifelong learning for the enrichment of Queensland, Australia and the international community.

School of Human Services and Social Outstanding Achievement Awards

Conferred to outstanding students in the School who have maintained a GPA of at least 6 and who staff and peers feel have demonstrated their sustained contribution to three or more of the following areas:

  • Academic engagement as evidenced through a GPA of 6.0 or higher (mandatory)
  • Supporting diversity among student peers and others in the University community
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others
  • Modelling the positive characteristics of a professional in-training;
  • Demonstrating commitment to study
  • Displaying awareness of and responsiveness to contemporary issues in our surrounding communities and/or the environment.

School of Human Services and Social Work Outstanding Alumnus of the Year

Recognising an outstanding record of professional excellence and contribution to their chosen field and community. This award acknowledges and celebrates our former students' outstanding success, and contributions to their profession, chosen field and to the community.

  • sustained outstanding contribution to their chosen field / profession, and
  • substantial contribution to the community at the local, state, national or international levels (this may be as part of employment in their chosen profession or may be activities undertaken in a voluntary capacity)

Outstanding Higher Degree Research Student

Conferred to an outstanding higher degree research student who demonstrates:

  • Outstanding emerging ability in research;
  • Publishing in academic peer reviewed publications;
  • Tenacity and commitment to topic of study;
  • Contributions to the field through innovative methods, conference presentations;
  • Contributions to research community at Griffith, through participation in Three Minute Thesis competitions, workshops, conferences, peer support and engagement, team work.


Podsocs is an initiative of the School of Human Services and Social Work, Griffith University. We bring you up-to-the minute research, diverse and sometimes controversial perspectives on social  phenomena and focus on knowledge and skills needed in the human services.

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