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Janis Hinson

Social Worker

Jan is the Director of Social Work Services, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH). She has recently returned to this role from a secondment to the Human Social Incident Management Team as Deployment Manager for Disaster Recovery for Queensland Health during the summer floods and cyclones in Queensland.

She has a long history of working in the tertiary health setting. Her clinical practice expertise includes domestic violence; male and female sexual assault; women’s health; paediatric oncology; critical incident debriefing; bereavement and grief and loss.  She has had a major focus on child protection practice both in Queensland and London.

Jan’s professional practice has had a focus on service development. She developed and managed the first Non Accidental Injury to Children Unit in the Borough of Kingston-on-Thames, London; the first Parent Aide Unit in Brisbane; the development and management of the Brisbane Sexual Assault Service; and the development of Queensland’s first Statewide After Hours Sexual Assault Helpline. She has more recently established the first Child Protection Liaison Officer team in the RBWH and is currently involved in a new model of sexual assault service provision to men and women.

Jan has been in management positions since very early in her career, both in Australia and the UK. She has worked in statutory agencies such as Centrelink and Dept Social Services (UK) but has focused largely on health in both paediatric and adult settings.

She is in the process of submitting her PhD for examination.  Her study investigates the impact of working with trauma in a complex hospital organisation.  This was a multi-sited study that will contribute to the understanding of reported experiences and the emotional labour of social workers in this difficult field of practice.

The Mental Health Professionals’ Network (MHPN) respectfully acknowledges the Wurundjeri and the Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin nation, the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land on which our office is situated. We also acknowledge Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.