Sion - Social Worker - Woolloongabba, QLD, Australia

Kanau Sion

Woolloongabba, QLD, Australia


Social Worker


I am a social worker with skills in teaching; leadership; counseling including client centred, strength-based, narrative therapies etc.; interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal); networking; negotiation; action learning & research utilizing qualitative techniques as interviews; indigenous and cross cultural knowledge; community planning and development; staff/people management; facilitation; meetings, supervision etc.

Work History

Lecturer and Head of the Social Work Discipline

University of Papua New Guinea

As a lecturer I taught year one to year 4 level units; involved in research projects; student fieldwork and honors research project supervision; community and volunteer work and membership to professional boards etc. As a discipline leader I managed staff, resources, but importantly facilitated for teamwork in planning and implementation of programs which involved collective participation. Some skills which I displayed included negotiation, interpersonal and communication skills among others.


The Social and Cultural Context of Domestic Violence in Papua New Guinea: Effectiveness of Past and

This was a Master of Social Work research project at Massey University in New Zealand focusing on the way Papua New Guineans interpreted and understood domestic violence from their social and cultural perspectives. The project also examined whether past and existing social work interventions were appropriate and effective in addressing the issue/victims. Recommendations were also made for improvements to be made.

Understanding for Action: An Indigenous People's Perspective of Child Labor in Papua New Guiea

A PhD (in Social Work) research project at the University of Western Australia focusing on understanding they way the indigenous people of Ndranou Yiringou community of Papua New Guinea understood and interpreted child labor from their lived experiences. This action learning project involved this group of indigenous people sharing their childhood experiences and being inspired through it to think differently about child labor and consequently taking action to address it as an issue.

Responsible Leadership for Papua New Guinea Children

This was a project sponsored by UNICEF (PNG); PNG's National Planning Office and the University of Papua New Guinea. As part of the working group I was involved in negotiations for funding; technical support, planning and implementation of a national forum which resulted in a National Framework for Responsible Leadership and Protection of Children's Rights

Qualifications & Certifications

PhD in Social Work

University of Western Australia

Master of Social Work

Massey University, New Zealand

Bachelor of Social Work (Honors)

University of Papua New Guinea

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