Doctor Neil Hall

Doctor Neil Hall

DAP - Social Work and Community Welfare,
Social Work & Community Welfare

Senior Lecturer,
Social Work & Community Welfare


Neil Hall is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at WSU, specialising in group work. He worked as a social work practitioner in street work, adolescent health, drug and alcohol, sport development, and as a sessional group work specialist in prisons and juvenile justice centres. He has a long history as a lead academic with the WSU based Men's Health Information & Resource Centre. In 2010, he completed his PhD on sport, civic engagement and young males, and continues to research the social determinants of men's and boy's health and wellbeing (particularly through engagement in sport, art and music), and the situational approach to suicide prevention.      

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  • PhD University of Western Sydney
  • MHlthSc University of Western Sydney, Hawkesbury
  • BSc University of Sydney
  • BSocWk University of Sydney

Professional Memberships

  • International Association of Social Work with Groups (2017 - 2022)
  • NSW Institute of Group Leaders (2016 - 2022)
  • Australian Men's Health Forum (2016)
  • Australian Association of Social Work (AASW) (2003)
  • Australasian Performing Rights Association (2011)


  • Men and Boys Health
  • Sport, Music, Art

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Social Work & Community Welfare
  • Social Work & Community Welfare


Phone: (02) 9685 9448
Mobile: 0417278645
Location: EJD.G.43

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Previous Teaching Areas

  • 102396 Social Work Practice Methods 2, 2017
  • 400509 Group Work in Social Work, 2014


Chapters in Books

  • Hall, N. (2012), ''Sport's me life' : the role of sport in developing core, gender and civic identity in Australian young males', The Role of Sports in the Formation of Personal Identities: Studies in Community Loyalties, Edwin Mellen Press 9780773426665.

Journal Articles

  • Hall, N. (2021), 'Groupwork on the edge : embracing the messiness of group facilitation with marginalised peoples', Groupwork, vol 29, no 2 , pp 119 - 124.
  • Guntuku, S., Hall, N. and Smith, A. (2021), 'Situational approach to suicide prevention among Australian males : the role of unemployment', International Journal of Social Science Research, vol 9, no 1 , pp 93 - 101.
  • Saldanha, K., Currin-McCulloch, J., Muskat, B., Simon, S., Bergart, A., Mesbur, E., Guy, D., Chilwalo, N., Seck, M., Tully, G., Lind, C., Lee, C., Hall, N. and Kelly, D. (2021), '[In Press] Turning boxes into supportive circles : enhancing online group work teaching during the Covid-19 pandemic', Social Work with Groups, .
  • Lane, S., Hall, N., Keir, L. and Lawrence, C. (2020), 'Empowering elite athlete education in Australian professional sports', International Journal of Sport and Society, vol 11, no 4 , pp 1 - 16.
  • Guntuku, S., Hall, N. and Poole, G. (2020), 'Impact of COVID-19 restrictions on men's mental health services in Australia', Men's Health Journal, vol 4, no 1 .
  • Hall, N. and Houlbrook, M. (2019), 'Idiosyncratic social determinants of wellbeing for middle-aged men who play over-35s soccer', International Journal of Sport and Society, vol 11, no 1 , pp 43 - 58.
  • Fox, M., Hall, N. and Short, M. (2018), '"To boldly go..." : charting rough territory in field education', Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education, vol 20, no 1 , pp 14 - 16.
  • Hall, N. (2018), 'The impact of remote social work field placements on academic performance', Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education, vol 20, no 1 , pp 185 - 202.
  • Hall, N. (2015), 'Delineating the learning process in generating a research culture among undergraduate social work students : a case study of student participation in an academic conference', Social Work Education, vol 34, no 7 , pp 829 - 845.
  • Darcy, M., Blunden, H. and Hall, N. (2011), 'Unintended Consequences: the impact of delivery systems on homelessness', Parity, vol 24, no 9 , pp 45 - 45.
  • Hall, N. (2011), '"Give it everything you've got" : resilience for young males through sport', International Journal of Men's Health, vol 10, no 1 , pp 65 - 81.
  • Hall, N. (2007), 'Finding touch: Young males, sport and civic engagement in Australia', Scottish Youth Issues Journal, vol 9 , pp 23 - 40.
  • Hall, N. (2004), ''Safety in Numbers'. Young people's perspectives on community safety in a suburban context', Scottish Youth Issues Journal, vol 0, no 8 , pp 71 - 86.

Conference Papers

  • Hall, N. (2012), 'Disengaged young males and the role of sport in addressing marginalisation', Australian Sociological Association. Conference, St Lucia, Qld..
  • Hall, N. (2008), 'Young Australians using local sport for local transformation', Local sport in Europe. 4th EASS Conference, Munster, Germany.
  • Hall, N. (2007), ''Play hard, play fair'. Using sport to engage young males in social action', National Youth Affairs Conference, Melbourne.

Other Publications

  • 2020, 'Culturally Responsive Framework to Address Gambling Related Harm', Report
  • 2020, 'Suicide Prevention: Collaborating with Older People in Independent Living Units', Report
  • 2020, 'In Our Words: Stories from The Shed Mount Druitt', Report
  • 2017, 'Things I Wished I'd Said', Recorded Work
  • 2016, 'The Online Street Art Walk: Using Digital Technology to Support Community Engagement with Young Street Artists: A Report on the Katoomba Street Art Walk', Report
  • 2015, 'The Voices They Send', Recorded Work
  • 2014, 'Second Time Around the Block', Recorded Work
  • 2014, 'Unintended Consequences: The Impact of Delivery Systems on Homelessness in the Nepean/Blacktown Region: Final Report', Report
  • 2001, 'Safety in Numbers: The Final Report of the St Clair Erskine Park Youth and Community Safety (SCEPtiCS) Project', Report
  • 2000, 'So Close, So Far Away: Research Report of the Wollondilly Youth Needs Analysis', Report

Research interests are in the area of men and boys studies, particularly how men and boys engage with their communities.

Social determinants of health, research into wellbeing and social dimensions of sport, art and music.

Suicide prevention

This information has been contributed by Doctor Hall.

Current Projects

Title: Mates in Manufacturing Suicide Prevention Program Effectiveness Evaluation
  • Australian Manufacturing Workers Union
Western Researchers: Neil Hall
Years: 2021-02-08 - 2022-08-26
ID: P00026965
Title: Wesley LifeForce Gambling Program Evaluation
  • Wesley Community Services Limited
Western Researchers: Neil Hall
Years: 2021-09-20 - 2021-12-10
ID: P00027484
Title: Population Health Improvement - Male Health Initiative
  • Department of Health (non ACRG)
Western Researchers: Neil Hall
Years: 2017-05-18 - 2021-11-30
ID: P00024157

Previous Projects

Title: Youth Community Safety Project
  • Neighbourhood Development Team Erskine Park
Western Researchers: Neil Hall
Years: 2000-06-01 - 2001-06-30
ID: P0012300
Title: Elite Athlete Wellbeing
  • One Wellbeing Pty Ltd
Western Researchers: Neil Hall
Years: 2019-08-05 - 2019-12-07
ID: P00026137
Title: HOPEPLUS co-funded HDR Scholarship, Woodville Alliance - Challenging Youth Unemployment and Disengagement
  • Woodville Alliance Limited
Western Researchers: Sonia Tascon, Jim Ife and Neil Hall
Years: 2016-06-01 - 2020-05-31
ID: P00023556
Title: Improving the volunteer experience in the New South Wales State Emergency Service
  • University of Western Sydney
  • State Emergency Service (NSW)
Western Researchers: Freya Macmillan and Neil Hall
Years: 2016-07-28 - 2017-07-27
ID: P00023604
Title: Crossing the line: balancing risk and protective factors to support NRL player wellbeing on and off the field
  • Parramatta National Rugby League Club Limited
Western Researchers: Neil Hall
Years: 2018-02-01 - 2021-01-31
ID: P00024796
Title: Community attitudes to Graffiti & Street Art- Marrickville Council
  • Marrickville Council
Western Researchers: Cameron Mcauliffe and Neil Hall
Years: 2015-12-18 - 2017-08-07
ID: P00024452
Title: Community attitudes to Graffiti & Street Art- Blacktown Council
  • Blacktown City Council
Western Researchers: Cameron Mcauliffe and Neil Hall
Years: 2016-01-06 - 2020-06-30
ID: P00024460
Title: Youth Tobacco Uptake/Cessation Pilot Research Project
  • University of Western Sydney
  • Sydney West Area Health Service
Western Researchers: Natalie Bolzan and Neil Hall
Years: 2006-01-10 - 2007-01-31
ID: P0014932
Title: The role of sporting organisations in supporting young males' transition to adulthood
  • Panthers On The Prowl Ltd
Western Researchers: Neil Hall
Years: 2017-04-01 - 2019-12-31
ID: P00024033
Title: Men's Lived Experience of Suicide
  • Australian Men's Health Forum
Western Researchers: Neil Hall
Years: 2021-01-22 - 2021-02-26
ID: P00026963
Title: Service delivery systems and the unintentional causation and perpetuation of homelessness in the Nepean/Blacktown Region
  • Blue Mountains City Council
  • Hawkesbury City Council
  • Blacktown City Council
  • Penrith City Council
  • University of Western Sydney
  • Wentworth Community Housing
Western Researchers: Michael Darcy and Neil Hall
Years: 2011-11-03 - 2013-06-30
ID: P00020298
Title: Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre - YAWCRC - Transforming communities and institutions: Young people sharing experiences to promote understanding and inclusion
  • Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (CRC)
Western Researchers: Amanda Third, Ann Dadich, Neil Hall, Louise Crabtree-Hayes and Justine Humphry
Years: 2012-09-01 - 2016-06-30
ID: P00021662
Title: Nepean Regional Taskforce on Homelessness Scoping Project
  • Wentworth Community Housing
Western Researchers: Michael Darcy and Neil Hall
Years: 2011-03-01 - 2011-04-30
ID: P00020079

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