Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Monica Short

 Monica Short

Bachelor of Social Work and a Master of Social Welfare (Welfare and Social Policy)


Monica Short has a degree in Social Work and a Master of Social Welfare (Welfare and Social Policy). She has worked for over 20 years in large government organisations.

She has a particular interest in:

  • Mutual dialogic exchanges between theologians, sociologists and social workers
  • Community engagement/mission within churches/ministries and their local communities
  • Social Work career pathways including for 'peoples' living with disabilities
  • Social Work education including field practicum
  • Rural issues

Monica is a member of:

  • the Australian Association of Social Workers
  • the ACT/NSW Combined Universities Field Education Group
  • Believing in 'peoples' living with disabilities research community

She is based in Sydney.

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Monica lectures in the following subjects:

  • HCS303 Social Work Field Education 1
  • HCS505 Social Work Field Education 1
  • HCS402 Social Work Field Education 2
  • HCS506 Social Work Field Education 2
  • SWK424 Social Work Field Education 2A
  • WEL418 Case Management

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Monica Short is currently researching how an integrated lens with an epistemological base in theology, sociology and social work can through dialogue inform thinking about social phenomena within local communities.    Monica's preferred research methods are co-operative inquiry and case study - with a focus on researching 'with' people rather than 'about' people.

Monica Short is a current and active member of the Believing in 'Peoples living with Disabilities' Research Community.  This community meets weekly and is currently researching the experiences of people who are studying and/or working and living with a disability.

Monica has chaired or been a member of committees for professional development conferences for Social Workers, including conferences for: Field Education, Social Inclusion and Community Development; Capacity Building, Income Support and Employment; and Engaging Indigenous Communities. Three of these conferences led to joint CSU and (DHS) Centrelink publications.

Monica has published and written in the following areas: Reforms in Welfare Delivery and Community Development, Field Education, Social Work Induction/Pathways including ability, and Basic Counselling Skills.

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Believing in 'peoples' living with disabilities research community papers
  • Tillotson, N., Short, M., Ollerton, J., and Sawatzky, B. (2017). Faith matters: From a disability lens. Journal of Disability and Religion. 21(3): p. 319-337.
  • Healy, J., Tillotson, N., Short, M., & Hearn, C. (2015). Social work field education: Believing in supervisors who are living with disabilities. Disability and Society, 30(7), 1087-1102.
  • Hearn, C., Short, M., & Healy, J. (2014). Social Work Field Education: Believing in Students who are living with a Disability. Disability and Society, 29(9), 1343-1355.
Generic Social Work
  • Jones-Mutton, T., Short, M., Bidgood, T., & Jones, T. (2015). Field Education: Off-site social work supervision in rural, regional and remote Australia. Advances in Social Work & Welfare Education, 17(1), 83-97.
  • Short, M., Russell, D., & Bidgood, T. (2011). Watch out for moon walking bears. In H. Barton, M. Short, T. Jones-Mutton (Eds.), Centrelink social work conference papers 2011. Engaging with the community - real people, real lives, real stories, Wagga Wagga: CSU.
  • Anscombe, A. W., Murrell-Orgill, K., & Short, M. (Eds.). (2005). Social Work: Engaging Indigenous Communities (3rd ed.). Wagga Wagga: CSU.
Research Methodology
  • Short, M., Barton, H., Cooper, B., Woolven, M., Loos, M. & Devos, J. (2017). The power of the case study within practice, education and research. Advances in Social Work & Welfare Education. 19(1): p. 92-106
  • Short, M., & Healy, J. (2017). Writing 'with' not 'about': Examples in Co-operative Inquiry In S. Gair & A. V. Luyun (Eds.), Sharing Qualitative Research: Showing Lived Experience and Community Narratives. London: Routledge.
Spirituality, religion, faith
  • Short, M., Seiffert, M., Haynes, R., & Haynes, L. (2018). Church, Disability, and Rurality: The Lived Experience. Journal of Disability and Religion, 18(1), 1-26.
  • Short,  M. (2018). Anglican Churches engaging with people living with disabilities. Sydney, Australia: The Bush Church Aid Society, CBM Australia - Luke 14 Program.
  • Naden, K., Riches, F., Wighton, M., & Short, M. (2017). A Celebration of God's Faithfulness: AEF History, Testimonials, Indigenous Theology, Sermons and Bible Studies. Melbourne, Vic: AEF.
  • Short, M., Broughton, G., Short, M., Ochala, Y., & Anscombe, B. (2017). Connecting to belonging: A cross-disciplinary inquiry into rural Australian Anglican Church engagements with people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Journal of Contemporary Religion. 32(1), 119-133.
  • Short, M. (2015). The Anglican Church of Australia and engagement with people living with disabilities. St Mark's Review, 232(July 2), 123 - 138.
  • Short, M. (2015). Three Anglican Churches engaging with people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Sydney: Bush Church Aid.

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