Brigid Wilkinson

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Brigid Wilkinson

Field Education Officer (South), Social Work
School of Social Sciences

Room 579 , Social Sciences Building

+61 3 6226 7264 (phone)

Since qualifying in 1999, Brigid spent time working in youth and disability fields before moving to the UK, where she spent 10 years working within various inner London hospitals. Her roles within the hospitals centred on assisting clients and families to plan for safe discharge, and coordinating support services and rehabilitation to enable and empower people to live independently in the community. Brigid has a strong interest in positive ageing and advocating for quality, sustainable care and support for older Australians.

Since returning to Tasmania, Brigid has held the role of Careers Advisor within the Student Experience portfolio at the University of Tasmania.  This role involves 1:1 careers counselling, education program development, workshop design and facilitation, and assistance to manage student career peers.


Before taking up her current role in the School of Social Sciences, Brigid worked within the Student Leadership, Career Development and Employment team as a careers advisor.  Her role involved working with students to clarify career interests and pathways, develop and deliver workshops within faculty on career preparation themes, and coordination of career development programs.  Brigid has a keen interest in employability and the future of work university students are preparing to enter, and has participated actively in CDAA and NAGCAS conference and forums to build her knowledge and develop best practice in this area.

A social worker with extensive assessment and case management skills, alongside management and service re-design experience, Brigid is fascinated by people, communication and decision making and sees herself assisting others to feel empowered to make positive choices for their life and career journeys.  Brigid held various senior and team manager roles for Southwark Council, UK, managing multidisciplinary teams and leading vulnerable adult investigations.  Her work as a senior social worker led to establishing community review teams with her final role in the UK working to redesign adult social care practices in readiness for personalisation and individualised budgets.


Professional practice

AASW - Member

CDAA – Professional Member

  • 2018 Conference Committee member

NAGCAS – Individual Member

COTA - member of the Board since 2014. Current roles : Director and Secretary

Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

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Total funding



Ya pulingina Social Work (2021)$25,000
The ya pulingina social work learning and teaching project aims to graduate social work students highly proficient when collaborating with the Tasmanian Aboriginal community, and Aboriginal people more broadly across Australia. Building upon the Indigenising curricula work the Social Work Discipline, in conjunction with the School of Social Sciences, and CALE have been undertaking, the project will begin by creating a series of place-based encounters on each campus embedded in the local Indigenous worldview of welcoming people. This will be led in partnerships with Tasmanian Aboriginal Elders and community members. During these place-based welcomes, social work students, staff, and community members will generate stories and artefacts that document their welcome experience. These in turn become elements of an interactive lutruwita (Tasmania) map, that is both a record of experience, and a learning and teaching tool that can be added to each year as students progress their studies.
University of Tasmania ($25,000)
Grant-Indigenous Student Success Program
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Prehn J; Baltra-Ulloa AJ; Vreugdenhil AJ; Canty JB; Roberts JK; Williamson M; Warren K; Hay JK; Wilkinson BM