Mr Phillip Pallas

Mr Phillip Pallas

Lecturer

School of Humanities and Social Science

Career Summary

Biography

Phill Pallas is a Lecturer and Deputy Program Convenor of Social Work in the College of Human & Social Futures. Phill's current PhD research explores the complexities of local and non-local engagement in a geographically-defined group of remote Aboriginal communities in the tri-state region of Australia. His research seeks to better understand the complex relationships between Anangu and non-local practitioners, in order to promote better practice social work where the voices, knowledges and aspirations of Anangu are foregrounded. Phill also researches and publishes on social work pedagogy, undergraduate student experience and rural and remote social work practice. 

Phill was awarded the faculty award for teaching excellence and contribution to student learning in 2018 and made the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Merit List for Teaching and Learning Excellence twice in 2020. He is the Chief Investigator on a number of projects that explore experience-based pedagogy and has co-published with First Nation practitioners to bring voice to the varied negotiations of decolonisation in practice. 

Phill founded the Central Coast Social Work Practice Network (currently 125 members) to provide a space for genuine knowledge exchange between practice and research. Seeing an opportunity to enhance new partnerships with local social service organisations, Phill established a network for social workers to gather and discuss regional challenges and investigate new ways of delivering better health outcomes to communities across our region. The Network hosts an annual forum and other professional network and research translation events. 

An experienced consultant, he continues to provide a range of strategic and professional support to teams and organisations in Central Australia as they negotiate the challenges of working across points of language, culture and complexity.

Phill's work is born from two-decades of relationship and direct practice experience in remote communities across the tri-state region where the borders of the Northern Territory and South Australia meet Western Australia. He gratefully acknowledges the significant investment in his learning by Anangu through language, ceremony and story. The red dirt has become a classroom that dramatically shapes his research approach, practice framework and teaching philosophy. Phill describes his engagement in this space as 'having a series of blindfolds removed to reveal new and deeper knowledge'; a space where he is 'entangled' and committed to learning as he stumbles, fails, feels and learns.'

Of Greek and English heritage, Phill acknowledges his cultural connections through ceremony and kinship with Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara people. 



Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Social Work (Honours), University of Newcastle
  • Graduate Diploma of Divinity, Australian College of Theology

Keywords

  • Cultural safety
  • Decolonisation
  • Remote research
  • Rural and remote social work
  • Social work pedagogy

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
440999 Social work not elsewhere classified 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia
Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Book (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Howard A, Katrak M, Blakemore T, Pallas P, Rural, Regional and Remote Social Work : Practice Research from Australia, Routledge, Milton Park, Abingdon, 129 (2016) [A1]
Co-authors Tamara Blakemore, Amanda Howard

Chapter (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2021 Williams J, Pallas P, 'Mental health as spiritual health,', Aboriginal Fields of Practice, Macmillan, London (2021)
2021 McMinn S, Cruse C, Howard R, Murgha N, Pallas P, 'Rural and remote social work with Aboriginal people', Aboriginal Fields of Practice, Macmillan, London (2021)
2021 Hennessey K, Keed S, Howard R, Bennett B, Pallas P, Agllias K, ''Getting used to the First Nation person in the room : A discussion on field practice in Australia', The Routledge Handbook of Field Work Education in Social Work, Routledge, Abingdon (2021)
Co-authors Kylie Agllias

Journal article (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 Agllias K, Pallas P, Blakemore T, Johnston L, 'Enhancing child protection practice through experience-based simulation learning: the social work big day in', Social Work Education, 1-14 (2020)
DOI 10.1080/02615479.2020.1771301
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Lou Johnston, Kylie Agllias, Tamara Blakemore
2019 Blakemore T, Agllias K, Pallas P, 'What you need to do is : Social work students reflections on an advice giving audit exercise', Journal of Social Work Practice, 33 67-80 (2019) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/02650533.2017.1419464
Co-authors Kylie Agllias, Tamara Blakemore

Conference (5 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 Pallas P, Slabb K, Slabb B, Slabb J, McMinn S, McMinn R, 'Fathering and growing up within a cultural framework', Online (2020)
2020 Pallas P, Barry D, Williams J, McMinn S, 'Elite sport, mental health and wellbeing.', Online (2020)
2017 Pallas P, 'Is cultural awareness ever enough? A conversation about culturally safe practice in remote Aboriginal communities.', Alice Springs (2017)
2015 Pallas P, 'Navigating leadership, governance and local politics in remote Australia.', Sydney (2015)
2015 Pallas P, 'Our own cultural story: keys to working in an Anangu context.', University of Adelaide (2015)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 3
Total funding $20,892

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20211 grants / $14,892

John Anthony Gilbert (Humanities) Research Grant$14,892

Funding body: The University of Sydney

Funding body The University of Sydney
Scheme John Anthony Gilbert (Humanities) Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2021
Funding Finish 2022
GNo
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON N

20201 grants / $5,000

Exploring current and recent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students' experiences on clinical placement in social work and speech pathology$5,000

Funding body: Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle

Funding body Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle
Project Team

Dr Gwendalyn Webb (Lead), Mr Phillip Pallas, Ms Joanne Walters and Miss Rhyann Roberts

Scheme Strategic Network and Pilot Project Grants Scheme
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2020
Funding Finish 2020
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20191 grants / $1,000

2019 Ourimbah Strategic Research Grant$1,000

Funding body: Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle

Funding body Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle
Scheme Faculty funding
Role Lead
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2019
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N
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Mr Phillip Pallas

Position

Lecturer
School of Humanities and Social Science
College of Human and Social Futures

Contact Details

Email phillip.pallas@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 5396

Office

Room HO-119 (Ourimbah)
Building Behavioural Sciences
Location Ourimbah & Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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