Post Grad. Dip. in Arts in Social Work, Massey University Bachelor of Social Work, Massey University Bachelor of Divinity (Distinction), University of Otago CQSW
Aotearoa NZ Association of Social Workers
Registered Social Worker
Professional and Industry Experience
- 1999-2009, Social Work Professional Leader and Social Work Practitioner, Mental Health Services Auckland District Health Board (ADHB)
- 1992-2002, Social Work Consultant, Self Employed. Social work consultant; consultant supervision; education and training; social service agency development and consultancy; facilitation; individual, couple and family counselling (ACC, Family Court)
- 1984-1999, Social Worker, Child Youth and Family Palmerston North (1984-1985) and Hamilton (1987- 1999)
- 1978, Community Worker, Community Volunteers Inc., Christchurch.
Involvement with ANZASW includes the roles of:
National President; Chair, Course Approval Board (CAB) and Chair, CAB visits to: the University of Otago, Unitec, and the University of Auckland; National Competency Assessor.
Areas of research interest
My research interests focus on the development of professional social work and the workplace context, social work education and programme approval, social work and mental health services, social work leadership, and clinical governance and quality improvement in health services.
Supervised thesis projects
McNabb, D. J. (2017). What role does the church have in promoting the SDGs? Sustainably yours, Community Development and a sustainable just future, Auckland, New Zealand.
McNabb, D., & Webster, M. (2016). Globalising social work education: The relevance of global standards in Australasia. Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development, Seoul, Korea.
Hughes, C. R., McNabb, D. J., Ashley, P., McKechnie, R., & Gremillion, H. (2016). Selection of social work students: A literature review of selection criteria and process effectiveness. Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education (Vol. 18(2)).
Webster, M., & McNabb, D. J. (2016). New public management and information communication technology: Organisational influences on frontline child protection practice. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work Review (Vol. 28(2)).
Hughes, C., Staniforth, B., Adamson, C., Hancox, J., & McNabb, D. (2016). CSWEANZ Fit & Proper survey results. CSWEANZ National Meeting, Palmerston North, New Zealand.
Hughes, C. R., McNabb, D. J., Ashley, P., & Gremillion, H. (2016). What to do about student selection for social work programmes? Social work in changing times: Toward better outcomes, Palmerston North, New Zealand.
Webster, M., McNabb, D., & Darroch, J. (2015). Advancing social work professionalism: Standards for management and leadership in Aotearoa New Zealand. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work Review (Vol. 27(3)).
Hughes, C., Kuruvila, A., McNabb, D., Roberts, L., and Matthewson, P. (2015). Social work and community development: What's the story? Community Development Conference, Unitec Waitakere Campus, Auckland.
McNabb, D. (2015). The role, advantages and disadvantages of regulating social work education in Aotearoa New Zealand. International Association of Schools of Social Work Conference, Vancouver, Canada.
McNabb, D. (2015). Can we re-imagine social work education in Aotearoa NZ and beyond? Australia and New Zealand Social Work and Welfare Education and Research (ANZSWWER) Symposium 'Building Collaborations in Education and Research: Beyond the Rhetoric', Melbourne, Australia.
Sandford-Reed, L., & McNabb, D. (2015). In conversation - remodelling CYF. In A. Ross, CYF Review: Let's Get Real.
McNabb, David. (2014). The social work profession in Aotearoa NZ. Council for International Fellowship, Auckland, 5 November.
McNabb, D., and Webster, M. (2014). The future of social work education in Aotearoa New Zealand. Paper presented at the Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development, Melbourne, Australia. 9-12 July, 2014. .
Webster, M., and McNabb, D. (2014). Challenging current managerialism in organisationally-based social work services through ethical leadership. Paper presented at the Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development, Melbourne, Australia. 9-12 July, 2014. .
McNabb, D. (2014). 30 years' membership and a 50th birthday - where to next for ANZASW? Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work (Vol. 26 (2&3)).
McNabb, D. (2012). Exemplary leadership: social work leadership in mental health services and education in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Joint world conference on social work and social development, Stockholm, 8-12 July.
McNabb, D. (2012). Report on participation in the joint world conference on social work and social development: Action and impact, in Stockholm, Sweden. Invited presentation for Waitemata DHB mental health social workers, Auckland, 26 September.
McNabb, D. (2010). 'Yes we can': The contribution of social work leadership to clinical governance and quality improvement in mental health services in Aotearoa/New Zealand. 2010 Joint World Conference on Social Work and Social Development: The Agenda, Hong Kong, 10-14 June.
McNabb, D., and Webster, M. (2010). Qualities and practices of professional social work leadership in an interdisciplinary mental health service: An action learning approach. Action Learning: Research and Practice (Vol. 7(1)).
McNabb, D., and Webster, M. (2009). 'Yes we can': The emerging contribution of social work leadership to clinical governance and quality improvement in district health board mental health services. Auckland, NZ.
McNabb, D. (2008). Professional Leadership for Social Work In State Mental Health Services in New Zealand. Conference Proceedings of the 19th World Conference of Social Work 2008. 16 - 19 August 2008, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.