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Editorial

Peter Robinson, Swinburne University of Technology:  Welcome to the August 2018 issue of Nexus where the focus is on professionalisation in the style of the work of Evan Willis from La Trobe university. When we sent out a call for writers, we stressed that we were interested in contemporary issues about research into professions and […]

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The ‘Professionalization’ of Academic Teaching and the Challenges for PhD graduates

Tom J. Kehoe, University of New England:  The academic profession is changing rapidly creating challenges for Australian doctoral programs and their graduates. Reflecting university requirements, hiring committees often seek impeccable credentials in discipline research and in teaching, including in course design and knowledge of relevant higher education literature. Applicants for first lectureships should have taught […]

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Taking a whole-school approach to trauma-informed practice

Carmel Hobbs, La Trobe University:  “Ultimately what determines how children survive trauma, physically, emotionally, or psychologically, is whether the people around them – particularly the adults they should be able to trust and rely upon – stand by them with love, support and encouragement” (Perry & Szalavitz 2017, p.5) It is estimated that up to […]

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Contemporary professionalisation among the healthcare professions

Olivia King, Monash University:  Professionalisation is not a finite process with a clear and unchanging end-point but rather an on-going journey characterised by efforts to establish spheres of expertise and achieve aspirational objectives in the face of interprofessional competition [1-3]. Milestones such as national registration, title protection and legislative reinforcement for specific practices (such as prescribing) […]

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Occupational boundary disputes in the Australian operating room

Allegra Schermuly, Monash University and Andy Schermuly, Clinical Facilitator, Theatres, Royal Children’s Hospital:  Timmons and Tanner have explored occupational boundary disputes involving theatre nurses and Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) in the UK (2004). In Australia, conflict over whether nurses or anaesthetic technicians (ATs) should assist the anaesthetist in the operating theatre is a classic example […]

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Multiple meanings of professionalisation

Edgar Burns, La Trobe University:  Professionalisation, like other concepts in the crosshairs of intense and sustained social contestation, has multiple, even contradictory, meanings. Its most conventional usage refers to the 200+years historical development of occupations and professions within Western modernity. This linear model assumes progress from craft to occupation to profession, building modern knowledge, sometimes traced […]

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Postgraduate Corner July 2018

Ashleigh Watson, Griffith University: TASA Post-graduate land is busy as ever – this year, the postgrad portfolio sub-committee is working hard to better support members and deliver more opportunities to develop their research careers. Following on from the great success of our Modern Methodologies workshop, which ran in February this year, we are busy preparing […]

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From Toronto 2018 to Melbourne 2022

Dan Woodman, University of Melbourne:  Toronto, Canada is a long way from Australia. Go much further and you’re technically on your way back. Despite the distance and the costs involved, TASA had a large and vibrant presence at the International Sociological Association World Congress of Sociology in Toronto last month, contributing papers to the theme […]

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Southern Notes #5 June 2018

Bruce Curtis, Waikato University: “Congratulations and well wishes poured in from all corners of the globe following the news of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Clarke Gayford welcoming a baby girl into the world.” “Welcome to our village wee one,” Ardern wrote on Instagram at 6.15pm on Thursday. The little girl [Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford] […]

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Contested ground: Migration intermediaries and the state

Marina Khan, Western Sydney University: It was a great pleasure to receive a scholarship to present my study at my very first TASA conference in 2017. I had just submitted my Master’s thesis and was awaiting the PhD scholarship announcements. The timing couldn’t have been better, because I was in the process of applying for […]

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TASA 2018 Conference on Precarity, Rights and Resistance: Themes, Keynotes and Plenaries

Alexia Maddox, Deakin University: The next TASA Conference is on the 19–22nd November, 2018, with the theme Precarity, Rights and Resistance. The conference will be held in the leafy suburbs of Melbourne at the Burwood campus of Deakin University. In this article, Local Organising Committee members Grazyna Zajdow, Anna Halafoff and myself reflect on how […]

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