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Mark worked for many years in HIV-related health and mental health care and management before joining Massey, both in the US and New Zealand. He has published on HIV prevention, care delivery, and programme design and evaluation. He is the project leader on Lavender Islands: Portrait of the Whole Family, the strengths-based national study of sexual minorities in Aotearoa New Zealand, and the author or co-author of a number of publications from this study. "Standing in the Fire": Experiences of HIV Positive Black African Migrants and Refugees Living in New Zealand was completed in 2011. He was the lead investigator on AfricaNZ Health, a collaborative study with the University of Otago and African new settler communities in New Zealand that seeks to advise the Ministry of Health on HIV-related prevention and health promotion in African migrant and refugee communities in NZ.
Mark plays an active role in international social work education, and participates on editorial boards and reviews for research journals.
Roles and Responsibilities
In addition to teaching and research Mark has served on the boards of a number of community and international organisations, including:
COMMUNITY AND PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
· Asia-Pacific Representative of IASSW to the Joint Committee on the Definition of Social Work (2012-present)
· Member, International Planning Committee, Global Social Work Congress 2014, Melbourne.
· Member, Planning and Scientific Committees, Social Worker’s Registration Board/Kahui Whakamana Tauwhiro 10th Anniversary Conference, November, 2013, Wellington.
· Member, Steering Committee on the Process for Recognition/Re-recognition of Social Work Qualifications in New Zealand, Social Workers Registration Board/Kahui Whakamana Tauwhiro (2012)
· Asia-Pacific representative to Board, International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW), 2010-present
· Board of Directors, Asia Pacific Association of Social Work Education (APASWE); Treasurer, 2006-2011, Vice President, 2011-2013; Board member 2013-present
· Member, Council on Social Work Education in New Zealand (CSWEANZ) 2009-present; Treasurer 2012-present
· Member, Massey University Human Ethics Committee (July, 2007-present); Acting Chair, June, 2013 - present
· Co-chair, SWinNZ2009: The Asia Pacific Regional Social Work Conference (Auckland, 11-13 November 2009)
· Member, Board of Trustees, New Zealand AIDS Foundation, 2006-2010; Chair, 2008, 2009
· Member, Board of Governance, Connect Supporting Recovery (North Shore-Rodney), 2005-2008
· Editorial Board, Journal of LGBT Youth (December 2007-present)
· Editorial Board, Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development (June 2009-present)
· Asia-Pacific Region Advisor, British Journal of Social Work (January 2009- present)
· Editorial Consultant, Chenoweth & McAuliffe – The Road to Social Work and Human Service Practice (3rd ed.)
· Registered Social Worker (Reg #2779) with current APC, May, 2007- present
· Full Member, Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers, 2002-present
Mark worked for many years in HIV-related health and mental health care and management before joining Massey, both in the US and New Zealand. He has published on HIV prevention, care delivery, and programme design and evaluation. He was the project leader on Lavender Islands: Portrait of the Whole Family (2004), the strengths-based national study of sexual minorities in New Zealand; a co-investigator on Standing in the Fire, a qualitative study of Black African new settlers living with HIV; and AfricaNZ Health, a study of African new settlers in New Zealand and their HIV related prevention and treatment needs.
International social work
African new settlers
Health and Well-being
Field of research codes
Clinical Social Work Practice (160701):
Medical And Health Sciences (110000): Public Health and Health Services (111700): Residential Client Care (111718):
Social Program Evaluation (160703): Social Work (160700): Studies In Human Society (160000)
Psychosocial aspects of HIV/AIDS, sexuality and sexual minorities, international social work
Project Title: HIV risks and concerns among African communities in New Zealand
Date Range: 2012 - 2016
Funding Body: Health Research Council of New Zealand
Currently teaching the following papers:
Introducing Social and Community Work Practice
Social Work Theories, Assessment and Interventions
Applied Research in Social Work and Social Policy
My main areas of graduate supervision include gender and sexual diversity, HIV, sexuality and ageing, and related topics. I am particularly interested in international projects related to social justice and stigmatised, vulnerabilised, and marginalised communities and populations. I have done consultations for international organisations in a number of Pacific Island countries and territoriesm and am very familiar with Pasifika and Black African-related issues and topics.
I have been approved as a mentor supervisor at Massey, and I am available for consultations and support particularly in the above areas, for projects using qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods. I served for six years on Massey's Human Ethics Committee-Northern, and am familiar with the challenges and issues of preparing HEC applications. I am particularly interested in challenges related to postcolonial ethics, and the ethics of research with vulnerabilised and stigmatised populations. I have carried out projects (and peer-reviewed) for the Health Research Council of New Zealand; I have a Royal Society Marsden Fund project; and I have reviewed for the Auckland Medical Research Foundation, as well as a number of international granting bodies. I peer review 25-30 papers per year for an array of social work, nursing, public health, interdisciplinary and HIV-related journals. One of my great personal and professional pleasures is seeing committed people doing great research that promotes human dignity.