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Dr Patricia Fronek


Patricia Fronek

Senior Lecturer
School of Human Services and Social Work
+61 (0)7 5552 9345 (Work)
G01 3.02, Gold Coast Campus

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As a researcher, educator and social worker with thirty years experience in the field, I am deeply committed to social work values including social justice, human rights, respecting and valuing the worth and self-determination of all people, and professional integrity. I am passionate about social work's value to society and research-informed public policy as opposed to policy informed by ideology, personal opinions or political influence. As past President of the Australia and New Zealand Association of Social Work and Welfare Education and Research (ANZSWWER), an accredited member of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), member of the Australian College of Social Workers (ACSW) and the Asia Pacific Association of Social Work Education (APASWE), and creator and producer of Podsocs (the podcast for social workers on the run), I value the worth of social work research and the education of qualified and skilled practitioners. I was a visiting Research Fellow at the University of Huddersfield and served on the National InterCountry Adoption Advisory Group (NICAAG) for the Australian federal Attorney-General's Department as the academic member. Currently I am a member of an International Expert Group for ISS (Geneva) on surrogacy and ISS (Australia) Advisory Committee Intercountry Adoption Tracing and Reunification Services


  • Member
    Law Futures Centre2018
  • Member
    Disability & Rehabilitation2018 - 2019


  • Doctor of Philosophy
    University of Queensland
  • Bachelor Of Social Work
    University of Queensland