School of Arts

Michelle Hunt

Position: Lecturer
Study area: Community and Human Services/Social Work
Location: Mt Helen Campus, H Building, Room H248
Email: ml.hunt@federation.edu.au

Qualifications

Master of Social Work – Monash University - 2010

Graduate Certificate in Social Science (Male Family Violence) – Swinburne University of Technology - 2007

Bachelor of Social Work –Deakin University - 1999

Bachelor of Arts (Community Development) – Victoria University of Technology - 1994

Teaching

Programs

  • Bachelor of Community & Human Services
  • Master of Social Work (Qualifying)

Courses

  • Social Work Practice with Groups and Communities (MSWPG7108)
  • Theories and Models of Practice (CHSUG1003)

Biography

Michelle is a Social Worker lecturing in the Community and Human Services and Social Work courses at Federation University. Michelle is also currently completing her PhD as part of the Central Highlands Children and Youth Area Partnership (CHCYAP) research collaboration. Prior to commencing her academic career, Michelle worked in the areas of women’s health, domestic family violence and the prevention of violence against women. Her experience has included training development and delivery, project management and leadership roles as well as direct case work.

Areas of expertise

Michelle is a Social Worker interested in the relationship between research, theory and practice. She is committed to participatory and collaborative research methods that capture the knowledge and expertise of the community. Her professional expertise are in the areas of gender, domestic family violence and the prevention of violence against women. Michelle works from a feminist perspective that explores how systems and structures of disadvantage impact on the experiences of individuals and communities.

Research interests

Michelle is currently completing her PhD as part of the Central Highlands Children and Youth Area Partnership (CHCYAP) research collaboration. Her research entitled: Breaking through using photovoice: Supporting strong families, safe children in the context of domestic violence is a partnership between Federation University, Berry Street and the Central Highlands Integrated Family Violence Committee.

The research uses photovoice, a qualitative research method, to contribute the knowledge and expertise of women who have experienced family violence to systems and service reform in the Central Highlands region. The research privileges the perspective of women who have experienced family violence on what they think is needed from family violence services to support strong families, safe children in the context of family violence.

Publications

Our Watch (2017). Putting the prevention of violence against women into practice. Melbourne: Our Watch. (Contributing author acknowledgement).

Report

Hunt, M. (2012). Victorian Parliament Law Reform Committee: Inquiry into Sexting. Paper submitted and presented on request at hearing.

Conference Presentations

Hunt, M. (2018, July). Breaking through using photovoice. Paper presented at the Sharing our Knowledge: HDR Conference, Federation University, Ballarat.

Hunt, M. (2016, November). Change the Story: A shared framework for primary prevention. Presented at the Central Coast Connexions Conference, Terrigal, NSW.

Holmes, S. & Hunt, M. (2016, October). Change the Story: A national framework for preventing violence before it occurs. Paper presented at the 21st Nursing Network on Violence Against Women International Conference, Melbourne.

Hunt, M. (2016, October). Change the Story: A shared framework for primary prevention. Presented at the ANROWS Action Research Support workshop, Perth.

Hunt, M. (2014, October) Act@Work: Challenging sexism, discrimination and violence against women. Presented at the Violence Prevention - It's Everybody's Business Conference, Bendigo, Victoria.

Hunt, M. (2013, May). The Digital World: A new space for old injustice. Presented at the 7th Australian Women’s Health Conference, Sydney

Associations

  • Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)