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Dr Philip Mendes

Associate Professor, Research

Telephone: +61 3 9903 1132

Facsimile: +61 3 9903 1141


Dr Philip Mendes is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work, Faculty of Medicine at Monash University, and is the Director of the Social Inclusion and Social Policy Research Unit (SISPRU). He coordinates the three Social Policy & 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), Community Development Journal (UK), 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. He is also 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 nine 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), Australia’s Welfare Wars Revisited (UNSW Press, 2008), and Young People Leaving State out of home care: Australian Policy and Practice (Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2011).

For the last 16 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, and mentoring and employment programs. He is currently undertaking two funded studies involving Indigenous care leavers, and the Berry Street Stand By Me program, and is about to commence an edited international text on leaving care research, policy and practice which will include contributions from more than 10 different countries.

His most recent publications include:

Philip Mendes, Samone McCurdy, Kandi Allen-Kelly, Karl Charikar and Kate Incerti (2014). “Integrating professional identity and social justice advocacy. An analysis of the Australian campaign to restore Medicare rebates for accredited mental health social workers”. Journal of Social Work, DOI, 10.1177/1468017314552050.

Philip Mendes, Pamela Snow and Susan Baidawi (2014) “The views of service providers on the challenges facing young people also involved in the youth justice system transitioning from out-of-home care” Journal of Policy Practice, 13 (4), 239-257.

Philip Mendes and Pamela Snow (2014) “The needs and experiences of Young People with a Disability Transitioning from out-of-home care: The views of practitioners in Victoria, Australia”, Children and Youth Services Review, 36, pp.115-123.

Philip Mendes, Jacinta Waugh and Catherine Flynn (2014) “Income management in Australia: a critical examination of the evidence”, International Journal of Social Welfare, 23 (4), pp.362-72.

Philip Mendes, Pamela Snow and Susan Baidawi (2014) “Young people transitioning from out-of-home care in Victoria: Strengthening support services for dual clients of child protection and youth justice”, Australian Social Work, 67(1), 6-23.