Head of Department

Social Work Head of Department

Philip Mendes

Associate Professor

Email: Philip.Mendes@monash.edu

Telephone: +61 3 9903 1132
Facsimile: +61 3 9903 1141


Dr Philip Mendes is an Associate Professor and currently Acting Head in the Department of Social Work, Faculty of Medicine at Monash University, and is also the Director of the Social Inclusion and Social Policy Research Unit (SISPRU). He coordinates the three Social Policy and Community Development subjects in the Social Work Department. He is an acknowledged expert on community welfare lobby groups, having completed his PhD on the peak community welfare lobby body, the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS). He has also published widely on a range of social policy and community development debates including globalisation and the welfare state, compulsory income management, illicit drug policies, Indigenous social policy and social workers and policy practice.

Philip is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for a number of academic journals including Alternativas (Spain), International Journal of Social Welfare (Sweden), Developing Practice and Social Alternatives. He is also a reviewer for International Social Work (UK), Journal of Social Work (UK) and Australian Social Work, and a member of the Sidney Myer Fund Poverty and Disadvantage Grants Committee.

He has published widely in peer reviewed academic journals (over 100 publications in total), and is the author or co-author of 12 books including Harm Minimisation, Zero Tolerance and Beyond: The Politics of Illicit Drugs in Australia (Pearson, 2004), Inside the Welfare Lobby: A history of the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) (Sussex Academic Press, 2006), Young People Leaving State out of home care: Australian Policy and Practice (Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2011), Young people transitioning from out-of- home care: International research, policy and practice (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) and Australia's Welfare Wars (UNSW Press, 3rd edition, 2017) which was recently shortlisted for an Australian Educational Publishing Award.

For the last 18 years, he has been engaged in ongoing research on young people transitioning from out-of- home care. He is a member of the Transitions to Adulthood for Young People Leaving Public Care International Research Group, and has completed a number of major leaving care studies pertaining to youth justice, disability, Indigenous care leavers, and mentoring and employment programs. He is currently a Chief Investigator in four (4) ARC funded projects, involving the Transitions of young people with complex needs; Rights in Records by Design; Agency and autonomy: A cross-national study of compulsory income management policies; and transitioning from out of home care: A longitudinal population-based study, plus also a funded evaluation of the Salvation Army Westcare Continuing Care program. He is also preparing a new book titled To empower or control the disadvantaged: A critical historical analysis of the modern Australian Welfare State for publication by Routledge in 2018.

Philip Mendes Research: Monash University Research