ANZSW Journals

Call for Papers

Did you finish your masters recently eg in the last 2-3 years? The ANZSW journal is really keen to publish masters and PhD student research in the journal. There are such interesting projects being done. There is information here for authors, about the journal’s guidelines and how to register and submit your article.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions at any stage of the process.

I also wrote a little blogpost about publishing from masters research which has some links to some examples of recent articles:…/writing-an-…/

Please contact Professor Liz Beddoe to discuss:

The World Health Organisation has indicated that mental disorders are the leading cause of ill-health and disability worldwide. Mental illness and addictions impact people of all ages and backgrounds. In Aotearoa New Zealand, there is a particular emphasis on mental health, specifically around disproportionately high suicide rates especially for Māori. The coalition government’s initial response following election in 2017 was a general inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction (Paterson et al.)
Anecdotally, there have been a variety of reports around the failings of secondary mental health services in Aotearoa New Zealand with reports of embedded cultures of fear within staff teams (Yeoman & Savage, 2019).
There remain significant inequalities with mental health services and the availability of appropriate support to different sectors of the community. The public misunderstanding and stigma around mental illness remains apparent. There is also a drive towards primary care for the assessment and treatment of mental illness.This special edition of the journal aims to capture new ideas, developments and critiques of practice in the mental health sector. It aims to analyse contemporary government policy and consider social and cultural co-determinants with regards to mental health, thus informing the effects of current policy action to promote mental wellbeing.
We are interested in reviewing articles that address public mental health understanding, or interventions that have helped to target mental disorders and promote mental health nationally and internationally.We welcome articles focusing on public mental health issues such as: assessment tools and indicators, policy, availability and accessibility of mental health systems and services, socio-economic aspects, epidemiology of mental health and its co-morbidity, social determinants, inequalities and inequities, contribution of social sciences to public mental health, and current insights in prevention and promotion strategies.We are also interested in new developments in mental health care since the mental health review, such as alternative or community mental health care. Specifically, following the outbreak of Covid-19, were there any areas of practice that you noticed that stood out for you, in terms of good (or not so good) practice?
The collection is open for submissions of systematic reviews, research, and commentary articles, which would undergo the journal’s normal peer review process.Abstract submission – please submit a 150-200-word proposal outlining your topic, method (theoretical, quantitative, qualitative or mixed method), findings and conclusions. Send abstract to by 5 June 2020 if you would like initial feedback from the special issue editors. Don’t hesitate to email us with any queries.

Submissions due 15 December 2020 – see journal guidelines for more info about how to register and submit online for our open access journal

Please contact Simon Lowe or Niall Allen for more info

Full articles due 15th December 2020 – please submit on line at
Publication date: March 2021

Paterson, R., Durie, M., Disley, B., Rangihuna, D., Tiatia-Seath, J., & Tualamali’i, J. He Ara Oranga: Report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction, 2018. The Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction,: Wellingotn, New Zealand, 219.

Yeoman, S., & Savage, J. (2019). Embedded culture of fear’ revealed in mental health and addiction services team at Bay of Plenty DHB. Bay of Plenty Times.

Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work


ANZASW logoAotearoa New Zealand Social Work is an international, peer-reviewed, open access journal that provides a platform for research, analysis and scholarly debate on social work theory, policy and practice.  Published quarterly, it particularly welcomes work offering critical perspectives on contemporary policy developments, indigenous social work, post-colonialism, anti-racism, feminism, and progressive social work theory, policy and practice.

The journal also publishes book reviews and encourages short topical pieces called viewpoints offering readers’ critical commentaries on published articles, analyses of policy or practice developments, and reports on research-informed practice innovations.

Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work has been the official journal of the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers since 2007 [1].

Te Komako and Tu Mau

Each year, one issue of the journal is published as Te Komako focusing on Tangata Whenua social work; and – from time to time – we publish a Tu Mau issue highlighting issues for Pasifika social work.


[1] The ANZASW has a had a quarterly publication in print since 1965. However, 2007 marks the year when the publication name was changed to Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work.

The Editorial Collective

Since October 2015 the journal has been managed by an editorial collective. The editorial collective are:

  • Neil Ballantyne, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand
  • Dr. Liz Beddoe, Professor of Social Work, University of Auckland
  • Dr. Yvonne Crichton-Hill, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, University of Canterbury
  • Anaru Eketone, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, University of Otago
  • Dr. Ian Hyslop, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, University of Auckland
  • Dr. Emily Keddell, Associate Professor in Social Work, University of Otago
  • Simon Lowe, Lecturer, University of Waikato
  • Dr Kath Hay, Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Massey University
  • Deb Stanfield, Consultant and professional supervisor
  • Shayne Walker, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, University of Otago

The journal has established an International Editorial Advisory Board drawn from both national and international communities of social work practitioners and educators. Members of the International Editorial Advisory Board have been selected for their expertise and experience in the publication of scholarly articles in the fields of social work, social welfare, community development practice, social policy, social work education and social work research. Currently, the board members are as follows:

  • Amanda Barusch, University of Otago, New Zealand
  • Iain Fergusson, University of the West of Scotland, Scotland
  • Heather Fraser, Flinders University, South Australia
  • Kate Morris, University of Sheffield, England
  • Hong-Jae Park, University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • Ming-sum Tsui, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
  • Tracie Mafile’o, Massey University, New Zealand
  • Peter Mataira, University of Hawaii, US
  • Patrick Vakaoti, University of Otago, New Zealand
  • Stephen Webb, Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland
  • Dale Fitch, University of Missouri, US
  • Sue Young. University of Western Australia , Australia
  • Vasilios Ioakimidis, University of Durham, England
  • Uschi Bay, Monash University, Australia
  • Judy Gillespie, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Jo Warner, University of Kent, England
  • Nicki Weld, Stand Children’s Services, Tu Maia Whanau ,New Zealand
  • Stephanie Wahab, Portland State University, United States
  • Steve Kirkwood, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Robert Harding, University of the Fraser Valley, Canada

All submitted work undergoes a rigorous, anonymous peer-review process including screening by the issue editors, refereeing by two anonymous reviewers and the editors’ final decision to publish.

In order to improve the global reach of the journal the editorial collective decided to make Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work an open access journal beginning with Volume 28, Issue 1 in 2016.  The journal will continue to be available to libraries through EBSCO host and Informit, but the change will mean the journal is freely available to the academic and practice community throughout the world.  The benefit to authors of making articles available on open access is that this is likely to attract significantly more readers and citations.

Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work invites submissions of papers from authors worldwide and all authors are encouraged to present their work for an international readership.

The editors are very happy to offer support to new and emerging authors, and we recommend a visit to the blog: Write about social work in New Zealand.

If you are interested in submitting an article to Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work please download a copy of our information for authors and/or contact the editors at 

We look forward to working with you.

The Editorial Collective.

The new articles, since the Editorial Collective took over, all  are covered by this CC license:

Which makes it clear what people can do so long as they follow the terms specified in the licence.

The earlier articles in the archive remain as Copyright (c) 2016 Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers.