Dr Abner Weng Cheong Poon

Lecturer
BA (Singapore), MSW Mental Health (Melbourne, Australia), PhD (Melbourne, Australia)
School of Social Sciences

Contact

93850685
Room G37, Morven Brown
Kensington Campus
Fields: Health and Community Services, Mental Health, Clinical Social Work Practice, Social Work

Research

Abner Poon is a Lecturer of Social Work at the School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW.

Abner has experience as a social worker in mental health for 10 years. His research focuses on social work practice in mental health, impact of mental illness on families and caregivers, family intervention in mental health, children of parents with mental illness, health and wellbeing of migrants facing mental health problems, recovery and community mental health teams. He has published articles on Assertive Community Treatment Program, caregivers of people with psychosis, Chinese migrants caring for people with schizophrenia and parents with mental illness.

Research Areas

Social work practice in mental health, families of people with mental illness, psychosocial rehabilitation, caregiving in culturally and linguistically diverse communities, caregiving in Chinese families, family intervention in mental health, community mental health teams and recovery

Research Projects

headspace Family Inclusive Practice Model

The headspace Family Inclusive Practice Model project was funded by headspace Service Innovation Project Grant (2014-2015). The service development project evaluated an innovative Single Session Family Consultation Model for families of young persons with emerging mental health problems.

Non-English Speaking Caregivers of People with Psychosis

The research project was funded by William Buckland Foundation Grant (2011-2013). The study was conducted to identify the health and wellbeing of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) caregivers of people with psychotic disorders in Australia.

Profile and perceived needs of people with mental illness who are caring for young children

The project was an exploratory study of the profile and perceived needs of people with mental illness who were caring for young children in Singapore. The study was funded by the National Medical Research Council of Singapore (2008).

Postgraduate Research Supervision

Areas of Supervision

Social work practice in mental health, families of people with mental illness, psychosocial rehabilitation, recovery, family intervention in mental health and community mental health teams

Teaching Areas

Social work practice, mental health, research in practice

Current Teaching

SOCW2003          Social Work with Sole Clients and Families

SOCW2009          Social Work with Sole Clients and Families

SOCW4011          Evidence Based Practice and Research

SOCW4012          Social Work Practice in Mental Health and Trauma

SOCW4016          Social Work Honours: Advanced Practice Portfolio

SOCF5107           Professional Practice Research Project

Affiliations and Memberships

Member, Australian Association of Social Workers

Registered Social Worker, Singapore Association of Social Workers

Awards

Health Manpower Development Plan Fellowship, Singapore National Healthcare Group (2005)

Australian Postgraduate Award (2011 – 2014)

Melbourne Abroad Travelling Scholarship (2013)

Publications

    Journal articles

    • Poon AW C;Harvey C;Fuzzard S;O'Hanlon B, 2017, 'Implementing a family-inclusive practice model in youth mental health services in Australia.', Early Interv Psychiatry, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/eip.12505
    • Poon AC;Joubert L;Mackinnon A;Harvey C, 2017, 'Recovery for Carers of People with Psychosis: A Longitudinal Population-Based Study with Implications for Social Work', British Journal of Social Work, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcx120
    • Poon AW C;Harvey C;Mackinnon A;Joubert L, 2016, 'A longitudinal population-based study of carers of people with psychosis', Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences, pp. 1 - 11, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S2045796015001195
    • Poon WC;Joubert L;Harvey C, 2015, 'A longitudinal study of the health and wellbeing of culturally and linguistically diverse caregivers of people with psychosis in Australia', International Journal of Social Psychiatry, vol. 61, pp. 743 - 753, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0020764015577843
    • Poon WC;Lee C;Mark L, 2014, 'An Exploratory Study of the Profile and Perceived Needs of People With Mental Illness Who Are Caring for Young Children in Singapore', Social Work in Mental Health, vol. 12, pp. 174 - 193, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15332985.2013.851058
    • Low L;Tan YY;Lim BL;Poon WC;Lee C, 2013, 'Effectiveness of Assertive Community Management in Singapore', Annals of the Academy of Medicine Singapore, vol. 42, pp. 125 - 132
    • Poon WC;Joubert L;Harvey C, 2013, 'Experiences of Chinese Migrants Caring for Family Members With Schizophrenia in Australia', Social Work in Health Care, vol. 52, pp. 144 - 165, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00981389.2012.737907
    • Campbell L;Hanlon MC;Poon AW C;Paolini S;Stone M;Galletly C;Stain HJ;Cohen M, 2012, 'The experiences of Australian parents with psychosis: The second Australian national survey of psychosis', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, vol. 46, pp. 890 - 900, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0004867412455108
    • Lim CG;Koh CW;Lee C;Poon WC, 2005, 'Community psychiatry in Singapore: A pilot assertive community treatment (ACT) programme', Annals of the Academy of Medicine Singapore, vol. 34, pp. 100 - 104