Personal details

Dr Michelle Newcomb
Faculty of Health,
School of Public Health & Social Work
Discipline *
Public Health and Health Services
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Doctor of Philosophy (Queensland University of Technology)

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Dr Michelle Newcomb is a social work lecturer at the School of Public Health and Social Work, QUT with extensive experience in her field.

Over her 10 years as an academic Dr Newcomb has pursued research in using critical theory to inform social work education and practice, as well as striving to understand student disadvantage and its impact on learning and teaching. This experience is enhanced by practical knowledge, gathered throughout a 15 year experience of domestic and international practice in human service organisations.

Dr Newcomb began her career as a youth homelessness worker in London back in 2000, where she was a founding member of a complex needs project developed for young homeless people. Over time, she became the project coordinator for the Greater London Domestic Violence project between 2003 and 2005. After moving to Australia in 2006 with Mission Australia, where she become the Roma House Service manager she went on to become a domestic violence counsellor with DV Connect in 2008. Her considerable practical work experience propelled Dr Newcomb to significant roles culminating as Community Development Officer and Homelessness and Social Housing Coordinator with the Brisbane City Council from 2011 to 2014. Following this strong practical career, Dr Newcomb entered academia as a field visitor, tutor and lecturer sparking an interest in social work education.

This information has been contributed by Dr Michelle Newcomb.


Lecturer, course convenor, tutor, guest lecturer and liaison visitor for Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Griffith University (GU) and Australian Catholic University (ACU). These roles have also included:

  • Convening undergraduate and postgraduate social work courses, including a capstone course.
  • The development of unit, lecture, tutorial and workshop material.
  • Creating new student assessments.
  • Marking and assessment of a range of student activities.

Unit Coordinator

2020 – QUT

Understanding Families and Relationships – SWB110

People, Community and Disability – SWB306

Child, Youth and Family Practice (Masters) – SWN024

2019 – Griffith University 

Critical Reflective Practice (Logan, Gold Coast and Online campuses) – 4002 HSV

Social Work II – Critical Social Work (Logan, Gold Coast and Online campuses) – 3038 HSV

Independent students (Masters)

Social Work Dissertation

2017 – QUT

Child Protection and Family Practice – SWB304


2010-2018 – QUT

Practice Theories

Communication and Engagement in Professional Contexts (Masters)

Human Rights

Advanced Communication for Social Work and Human Services

Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and Communities

Casework and Case Management

Practice Research Project (Masters)

Australian Society, Systems and Policies

Working in Human Service Organisations

Understanding Families and Relationships

Research Practices for Professional Practice

Professional Practice Processes and Assessment

Introduction to Social Work and Human Services

Introduction to Youth Services

Health Society and Culture

International Health

2017 – ACU

Justice and Change in a Global World

This information has been contributed by Dr Michelle Newcomb.


Current Research Projects

Dr Newcomb is involved in numerous research projects. These include projects related to understanding identities in disadvantaged social work students and the use of critical theory to understand discourses of self-care in social work settings. Dr Newcomb’s varied portfolio also leads her to be involved in research projects on the role of simulation in social work education and practitioners’ conceptualizations of self care. She is also the founder of the inter-institutional feminist writing group between Griffith, QUT and ACU founded in March 2019.

Peer Review Invitations

Dr Newcomb has been a peer reviewer on several journals, including the Journal of Public Spaces, Journal of Social Pedagogy, Practice, the Australian Social Work journal, Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work and the Journal of Social Inclusion.

Teaching Awards, Affiliations and Training Programs
2016:                Vice Chancellors Award for Teaching Excellence

2016:                Awarded Associate Fellow, Higher Education Academy.

2015:                Completion of the QUT Teaching Advantage and Sessional Career Academic

Development Programs

2014-2015:       Completion of QUT sessional academic workshops AD1-AD4.

This information has been contributed by Dr Michelle Newcomb.


For publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.