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Encyclopedia > Tony Vinson
Tony Vinson
Born:
Australia
Occupation: academic and writer
Nationality: Australian
Writing period: 1962-present
Subjects: Disadvantage, Penal Systems, Education

Tony Vinson is "one of Australia's leading social scientists and outspoken[2] public intellectuals"[3], an honorary Doctor of Letters in Social Work (honoris causa) from the University of Sydney, as well as being an Honorary Professor in the School of Social Work and Policy Studies at the University of Sydney from which he graduated in 1956. His career spans the disciplines of social work, social policy, psychology, education[4], public administration and social research. He is also an Emeritus Professor of the University of New South Wales[5]. For the album by the Kaiser Chiefs see Employment (album) Employment is a contract between two parties, one being the employer and the other being the employee. ... In English usage, nationality is the legal relationship between a person and a country. ... Terms like SOSE (Studies of Society & the Environment) not only refer to social sciences but also studies of the environment. ... An intellectual is one who tries to use his or her intellect to work, study, reflect, speculate on, or ask and answer questions with regard to a variety of different ideas. ... A Doctor of Letters is a university academic degree. ... Professional social workers are concerned with social problems, their causes, their solutions and their human impacts. ... The University of Sydney, established in Sydney in 1850, is the oldest university in Australia. ... Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A professor is a senior teacher and researcher, usually in a college or university. ... The University of New South Wales or UNSW is a university situated in Kensington, a suburb in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. ...

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Career

Professor Vinson's long and diverse career in social research, education[6], government services, prison reform[7], and community development, has included many projects on social disadvantage[8] and young people. Vinson has also studied the impact of cumulative medico-social problems and life opportunities generally. The determinative influence of education (or life prospects) has remained a theme in this strand of his research, culminating in the recent publication of an influential study on the distribution[9] of social disadvantage in Victoria and New South Wales. Social research refers to research conducted by social scientists (primarily within sociology, but also within other disciplines such as social policy, human geography, social anthropology and education). ... Prison reform is the attempt to improve conditions inside prisons, aiming at a more effective penal system. ... Capital Melbourne Government Constitutional monarchy Governor David de Kretser Premier Steve Bracks (ALP) Federal representation  - House seats 37  - Senate seats 12 Gross State Product (2004-05)  - Product ($m)  $222,022 (2nd)  - Product per capita  $44,443/person (5th) Population (End of September 2006)  - Population  5,110,500 (2nd)  - Density  22. ... Capital Sydney Government Constitutional monarchy Governor Professor Marie Bashir Premier Morris Iemma (ALP) Federal representation  - House seats 50  - Senate seats 12 Gross State Product (2004-05)  - Product ($m)  $305,437 (1st)  - Product per capita  $45,153/person (4th) Population (End of March 2006)  - Population  6,817,100 (1st)  - Density  8. ...

Community Adversity and Resilience: the distribution of social disadvantage
Community Adversity and Resilience: the distribution of social disadvantage[10]

His work as the Foundation Professor in Behavioural Science within the University of Newcastle (NSW) in the Seventies followed research into connections between social factors, and pregnancy outcomes, including the health and progress of young children. At Newcastle, an important educational experience was his involvement in the development of the problem-based learning approach adopted for the new medical course. This approach incorporated many of the key elements of the educational approach considered as somewhat radical departures in the field of school education. Professor Vinson also instigated the broadly based admission procedures adopted by the Medical Faculty. The meaning of the word professor (Latin: one who claims publicly to be an expert) varies. ... See: University of Newcastle (NSW), a university in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia University of Newcastle upon Tyne, a university in England. ...


Following three years as Head of the NSW Department of Corrective Services (1979-81) during a period of intense penal reform, Tony Vinson took up an appointment as Professor of Social Work at the University of New South Wales. Over subsequent years he has served as Head of School and Dean. He has twice been a Visiting Professor at the University of Stockholm and has observed the operation of Swedish social services, including early schooling. There have also been Visiting Professor appointments in Holland and government consultancies in the South Pacific. In 1980 Professor Vinson chaired a Commonwealth Government Inquiry into health and social services in the ACT. Professional social workers are concerned with social problems, their causes, their solutions and their human impacts. ... The University of New South Wales or UNSW is a university situated in Kensington, a suburb in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. ... A principal is the chief administrator in an elementary school, secondary school, or high school. ... Dean is a title given to some institutions senior or supervisory staff: Look up dean in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Stockholm University Stockholm University, or Stockholms universitet, is a state university in Stockholm, Sweden. ... Holland is a region in the central-western part of the Netherlands with a population of 6. ... The South Pacific is an area in the southern Pacific Ocean. ... For the U.S., see Commonwealth (United States). ... Look up Act on Wiktionary, the free dictionary Act may refer to: in law, a written document that attests the legality of the transaction. ...


In recent years Tony Vinson has had an extensive involvement in assessing schemes to protect children exposed to the dangers of abuse. Some of these projects have included the evaluation of professional practices, including the co-operation of schools with government and non-government services. Others have dealt with the social contexts and environments in which abusive practices occur. This work has been published internationally in journals such as The British Journal of Social Work and Modern Medicine as well as within Australia by the Institute of Criminology and other authorities.


On Professor Vinson's initiative, the UNSW School of Social Work, in partnership with the NSW Department of Housing, residents, and local community bodies, formed a community development centre on the Waterloo Housing Estate. Tony Vinson has had the title Professor Emeritus conferred on him by the University of New South Wales. Emeritus (IPA pronunciation: or ) is an adjective that is used in the title of a retired professor, bishop or other professional. ...


The Vinson Inquiry

The cover to The Vinson Inquiry

The Vinson Inquiry[11] provided a chance for parents, teachers and community members to challenge governments and the media about public education. The Vinson Inquiry was like a Royal Commission into public education. It is a parent/teacher venture into public policy making. The promotion of public education generated by the launch, submissions, public hearings and the findings will be invaluable. In states that are Commonwealth Realms a Royal Commission is a major government public inquiry into an issue. ...


Dropping off the Edge

The cover to Dropping off the Edge
The cover to Dropping off the Edge[12]

Dropping off the Edge[13] : the distribution of disadvantage in Australia was the most comprehensive national study of its kind. The report, which is a joint project with Jesuit Social Services and Catholic Social Services Australia was written by Professor Tony Vinson, from the University of Sydney, providing a picture of areas of entrenched disadvantage nationally. The report found that just 1.7 per cent of postcodes and communities across Australia accounted for more than seven times their share of top rank positions on the major factors that cause intergenerational poverty. "Our findings demand recognition of a common pattern associated with inadequate education and training – unemployment, low income, poor health and 'making ends meet' by criminal means, resulting in high rates of convictions and imprisonment. Where these characteristics are concentrated there, too, we find high levels of confirmed child maltreatment," said Professor Tony Vinson, author of the research. A boy from an East Cipinang trash dump slum in Jakarta, Indonesia shows what he found. ...


Judicial accountability

In September 1986 Professor Tony Vinson released a report dealing with the sentencing of drug cases in the NSW District Court between 1980 and 1982, which purported to find that a particular judge had exercised leniency in dealing with clients of a particular solicitor. It was revealed later that Justice Foord was the judge in question. He was stood down from the District Court in September 1986 and resigned on medical grounds later that year. One consequence of these and other events was the passing of the Judicial Officers Act 1986, establishing a formalized system of judicial accountability. [14] Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ...


Other work

1962-69 Tutor, Lecturer, School of Sociology and Social Work, University of New South Wales.


1969-71 Senior Lecturer, Department of Social Work, University of Sydney.


1971-76 Foundation Director, Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, NSW Department of Attorney General and Justice - undertaking wide-ranging social as well as criminological research.


1976-79 Foundation Professor of Behavioural Science in Medicine, University of Newcastle.


1979-81 Chairman, NSW Corrective Services Commission


Oct 1981- Professor, School of Social Work, University of New South Wales.


Trivia

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Academic qualifications

B.A., Dip. Soc. Studies (Sydney) 1956; Dip. Sociology (N.S.W.) 1962; M.A. Hons. (N.S.W.) 1965; Ph.D. (N.S.W.) 1972: Thesis - Social Factors Associated with the Occurrence of Low Birth Weight

  • Australian Social Welfare Commission Fellowship, April/June 1976

(University of Newcastle).

  • Visiting Professor, University of Stockholm January - March, 1985;

March - July, 1988.

  • Visiting Professor, Research Centre, Ministry of Justice, Netherlands,

April - July, 1985, February, 1988.

  • Editor Board, Scandinavian Journal of Social Welfare, 1991 -

Other literature

  • Vinson, T., Homel, R., Indicators of Community Wellbeing. Canberra:

Australian Government Publishing Service, 1977.

  • Vinson, T., Homel, R., Crime and Disadvantage: The Coincidence of

Medical and Social Problems in an Australian City, British Journal of Criminology, Vol. 15, No. 1, January, 1975.

  • Vinson, T., Homel, R., Bonney, R., A Community Study: Newcastle,

Community Services: Four Studies, Poverty Commission, Australian Government Publishing Service: Canberra, 1976.

  • Vinson, T., Stevens, L.A., Unequal at Birth: A Study of Social Factors

Associated with Low Weight Births, Sydney: New South Wales Government Printer, 1977.

  • Vinson, T., Walmsley, R. and Coul, V., Beyond the Image. Review of

Health and Welfare Services and Policies in the ACT., (Canberra, Australian Government Printing Service, 1984)

  • Vinson, T., and McArthur, M., Why Child Abuse Appears to have

Increased, Modern Medicine, Sept. 1988, 62-73.

  • Vinson, T., Baldry, E., Hargreaves, J., The Social Ecology of Child

Abuse, to be published in Br. J. of Social Work.

  • Vinson, T., Preparing Human Service Professionals for work in the

fields of gender related violence, to be published in Scandinavian Jr. of Social Welfare.


Tony Vinson has been published in a range of international, referred journals including British Journal of Criminology, British Journal of Social Work, Anglo-American Law Review, Journal of APLET, Scandinavian Journal ofSocial Welfare, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Sociology.


References

  1. ^ Vinson recognised for service to public education. UNSW (2004). Retrieved on 2007-04-10.
  2. ^ Some effective ways to target and combat community disadvantage. On Line Opinion (2004). Retrieved on 2007-04-10.
  3. ^ Honorary Doctorate for Professor Tony Vinson. University of Sydney (2005). Retrieved on 2007-04-10.
  4. ^ Chair Of The Public Education Inquiry. Public Education Inquiry NSW (2001). Retrieved on 2007-04-10.
  5. ^ Emeritus Professor Tony Vinson staff profile. University of New South Wales (2007). Retrieved on 2007-04-10.
  6. ^ Selective Schools - Professor Tony Vinson. ABC Sydney (2002). Retrieved on 2007-04-10.
  7. ^ Photograph of Tony Vinson as Chairman of the Prison Reform Commission. State Library of New South Wales (1979). Retrieved on 2007-04-10.
  8. ^ COMMUNITY ADVERSITY AND RESILIENCE. The Ignatius Centre for Social Policy and Research (2004). Retrieved on 2007-04-10.
  9. ^ Postcodes and Poverty. The National Interest - ABC Radio (2005). Retrieved on 2007-04-10.
  10. ^ Community Adversity and Resilience. Jesuit Social Services (2004). Retrieved on 2007-04-10.
  11. ^ The New South Wales Public Education Inquiry. The New South Wales Public Education Inquiry (2003). Retrieved on 2007-04-10.
  12. ^ Foreword to 'Dropping off the Edge. Jesuit social services (2006). Retrieved on 2007-04-10.
  13. ^ Dropping off the edge. Jesuit & Catholic social services (2007). Retrieved on 2007-04-10.
  14. ^ Principles, Personalities, Politics: Parliamentary Privilege Cases in NSW. Parliament of NSW (2004). Retrieved on 2007-04-10.
  15. ^ From Report Writer to Song Writer. ABC National Radio Australia The National Interest (2004). Retrieved on 2007-04-10.
  16. ^ Music Details for Tuesday 29 July 1997. ABC Radio Australia Classic FM (1997). Retrieved on 2007-04-10.

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Further reading

  • Vinson on Social Cohesion
  • Tony Vinson ‘Unequal in Life,’ 1999
  • Tony Vinson 'Dropping off the Edge'
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NAME Vinson, Tony
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SHORT DESCRIPTION Australian-born academic
DATE OF BIRTH
PLACE OF BIRTH Australia
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