Associate Professor Fiona McDermott

Associate Professor

Joint Appointment with Southern Health


Monash details

Telephone: +61 3 9903 1709
Facsimile: +61 3 9903 1141

Southern Health details

Telephone: +61 3 9594 2290
Facsimile: +61 3 9594 6630


Associate Professor Fiona McDermott (BA Dip Soc Studs., M. Urban Planning, PhD: Melb). Fiona teaches in the areas of health and working with groups. She has a particular interest in teaching and supervising higher degree research, supporting practitioners in undertaking practice-driven research, and undertaking research in health and mental health. She is Editor of Australian Social Work, the journal of the Australian Association of Social Workers.

Fiona McDermott Research: Monash University Research



  1. Fiona McDermott, 2002 Inside Groupwork: a guide to  reflective practice (Allen & Unwin, NSW);
  2. Nadine Cameron & Fiona McDermott  (2007) Social Work and the body (Palgrave UK);
  3. Meadows, G., Fossey, E., Farhall, J., Grigg,  M., McDermott, F., Singh, B. eds (2012)  Mental  Health in Australia, 3rd edition Oxford University Press, South  Melbourne, Australia.
  4. Catherine Flynn & Fiona McDermott,  (2016) Doing research in social work and  social care (October 2016,  Sage, UK):

Book chapters:

Rosenberg, S. and  McDermott, F. 2015 ‘More than pills and beds: contemporary challenges in social  work practice and mental health care’ in Pack, M. and Cargill, J. (eds) Evidence  discovery and assessment in social work practice, IGI Global, USA,  Hershey Avenue, PA, p.113-129

McDermott, F.M.,  2014, Complexity theory, trans-disciplinary working and reflective practice, in  Applying Complexity Theory, eds Aaron Pycroft  and Clemens Bartollas, Policy Press, UK, pp. 181-198.

Journal articles (2014-2017):

McDermott, F.  & Bawden, G. (2017) New ways of seeing: health social work leadership and  research capacity building, Social Work in Health Care, doi:  10.1080/00981389.2017.1367349

McDermott,  F., Henderson, A., Quayle, C. (2017) Health social workers’ sources of  knowledge for decision making in practice, Social Work in Health Care, DOI:  10.1080/00981389.2017.1340391

Holland, C.,  Hocking, A., Joubert, L., McDermott, F., Niski, M., Salo, F. (2017) My kite  will fly: improving communication and understanding in young children when a  mother is diagnosed with life-threatening gynecological cancer, Journal of  Palliative Medicine, DOI: 10.1089/jpm2017.0058

Lee, D.,  Lalor, A., Russell, G., Stolwyk, R., Brown, T., McDermott, F., Haines, T.  Understanding temporal relationships between depression, falls and physical  activity in a cohort of post-hospitalized older adults – a breakthrough or a  conundrum? (2017) International Psychogeriatrics

O’Brien, L.,  Mitchell, D., Skinner, E., Haas, R., Ghaly, M., McDermott, F., May, K., Haines,  T. (2017) What makes weekend allied health services effective and  cost-effective (or not) in acute medical and surgical wards? Perceptions of  medical, nursing and allied health workers, BMC Health Services Research,  17:345

Cleary, Y.,  Rubin, L., Whitelaw, L., Moon, F., McDermott, F. 2016 Health social workers’  practitioner research program, Social Work Focus, Autumn 2016 Vol. 1 Issue 1  p.61

Green, L.,  Bawden, G., McDermott, F.M., 2015, You'll need to go to hospital in  Melbourne!" The experience of country patients and families in the city:  An evaluation of a supported accommodation service for rural patients attending  hospital., Practice Reflexions [P], vol On-line, Australian  Community Workers Association, Australia, pp. 1-16

Haines,  T.P., O'Brien, E.J., Mitchell, D., Bowles, K., Haas, R., Markham, D., Plumb,  S., May, K., Philip, K., Lescai, D., McDermott, F.M., Skinner, E., 2015, Study  protocol for two randomized controlled trials examining the effectiveness and  safety of current weekend allied health services and a new stakeholder-driven  model for acute medical/surgical patients versus no weekend allied health  services, Trials [P], vol 16, issue 1, BioMed Central Ltd, United  Kingdom, pp. 133-158.

Lee,  D.A., Day, L., Hill, K., Clemson, L., McDermott, F.M., Haines, T.P., 2015, What  factors influence older adults to discuss falls with their health-care  providers, Health Expectations [E], vol E, John Wiley & Sons,  UK, pp. 1-17.

O'Callaghan,  C., McDermott, F.M., Michael, N., Daveson, B., Hudson, P., Zalcberg, J., 2014,  "A quiet still voice that just touches": music's relevance for adults  living with life-threatening cancer diagnoses, Supportive Care In Cancer [P],  vol 22, issue 4, Springer, Germany, pp. 1037-1047.

Haines,  T.P., O'Brien, E.J., McDermott, F.M., Markham, D., Mitchell, D., Watterson,  D.M., Skinner, E., 2014, A novel research design can aid disinvestment from  existing health technologies with uncertain effectiveness, cost-effectiveness,  and/or safety, Journal of Clinical Epidemiology [P], vol 67, issue 2,  Elsevier Inc., United States, pp. 144-151.

O'Neal,  P., Jackson, A.C., McDermott, F.M., 2014, A review of the efficacy and  effectiveness of cognitive-behaviour therapy and short-term psychodynamic  therapy in the treatment of major depression: implications for mental health  social work practice, Australian Social Work [P], vol 67, issue 2, Routledge,  Australia, pp. 197-213.

O'Neal,  P., Jackson, A.C., McDermott, F.M., 2014, Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy and  short-term psychodynamic therapy in the treatment of major depression:  Implications for mental health social work practice, Australian Social Work [P],  vol 67, issue 2, Routledge, Australia, pp. 200-211.

Lee,  D., Pritchard, E., McDermott, F.M., Haines, T., 2014, Falls prevention  education for older adults during and after hospitalization: A systematic  review and meta-analysis, Health Education Journal [P], vol On-line, Sage  Publications, USA, pp. 1-15.

Lee,  D.A., Day, L., Hill, K., Clemson, L., McDermott, F.M., Haines, T.P., 2014, What  factors influence older adults to discuss falls with their health-care  providers, Health Expectations [E], vol E, John Wiley & Sons,  UK, pp. 1-17.