Dr Catherine Hughes

Head of Social Practice
Social Practice
Location: Building 510, Room 5013

Professional memberships

Golden Key National Honour Society


Professional and Industry Experience

  • 2009 - 2011, Specialist Palliative Care Social Worker. Hospice West Auckland
  • 2002 - 2010, Lecturer (Part Time). School of Social Work and Human Services, University of Canterbury
  • 2001, Home Hospice co-coordinator and Social Worker, The Centre For Attitudinal Healing, Sausalito, California
  • 2000 - 2003, Tutor, School of Social Work and Human Service, University of Canterbury
  • 1991 - 1999, Part time roles: Consumer advocate. Health Advocacy Committee, Hillmorten Hospital. Workshop presenter. Christchurch Women's Days; Community Group Coordinator. Alcohol and Drug Centre Christchurch
  • 1986 - 1990, Tutor and Technician. Department of Visual Communication and Craft Design, Christchurch Polytechnic.

Areas of Research Interest

  • Health Social Work, Ethnographic research looking at culture and context in end of life care
  • Organ donation and the choices and decision making processes that occur
  • The professional supervision of community workers
  • Domestic violence - what the statistics don't tell us.

Graduate supervision of completed theses/dissertations

Masters theses or dissertations

Masters theses or dissertations supervised by Catherine Hughes as Principal Supervisor

Wallace, Eliza (2018-01). Manawanui : illuminating contemporary meanings of culturally effective social work supervision practice in Te Taitokerau, Northland (Master of Social Practice)


Hughes, C. R., Gremillion, H., Bridgman, G., Ashley, P., & McNabb, D. (2017). Student selection process effectiveness: Correlations between task performance and undergraduate success. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work Journal (Vol. 29(4)).

Hughes, C. R. (2017). Who will the Social Workers of the future be? IFSW European Conference, Reykjavik, Iceland.

Hughes, C. R., van Heugten, K., Keeling, S., & Szekely, F. (2017). Being-in the-Chemotherapy-Suite versus Being-in-the-Oncology-Ward: An Analytical View of Two Hospital Sites Occupied by People Experiencing Cancer. Cancers (Vol. 9(64)).

Hughes, C. R., McNabb, D., Staniforth, B., Adamson, C., & Hancox, J. (2017). Report to CSWEANZ on Behalf of the Fit & Proper Working Group. Auckland, Council for Social Work Education, Aotearoa New Zealand (CSWEANZ).

Hughes, C R. (2016). Csweanz Fit & Proper Survey results. Council for Social Work Education Aotearoa New Zealand. November Council Meeting, Palmerston North.

Hughes, C R., McNabb, D., 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 & Welfare Education (Vol. 18(2)).

Hughes, C R., McNabb, D., Ashley, P., & Gremillion, H. (2016). What To Do About Student Selection For Social Work Programmes. Social Work in Changing times: towards better outcomes, Massey University, Palmerston North.

Hughes, C. R., (Producer), & Edgecombe, A., (Editor) (2016). Take me Home: Palliative care social work in Aotearoa New Zealand Film. New Zealand, Independent.

Hughes, C. R., McNabb, D., Kuruvila, A., Tudor, R., & Matthewson, P. (2015). Social work and community development: What's the story? Community Development Conference, Unitec Waitakere Campus, Auckland, New Zealand.

Hughes, C R., (Producer), & Edgecombe, A., (Editor) (2015). Take me Home: Palliative care social work in Aotearoa New Zealand Film. United Kingdom, C R Hughes.

Hughes, CR., & Gremillion, H. (2014). The meanings of gender and the home space for recipients of palliative care, and some implications for social workers in the field. Social Dialogue (Vol. Issue 8 Volume 3).

Hughes, C. R. (2014). The Patient Perspective: Panel Presentation: I would have liked that... Optimising the Patient Experience Conference. Hotel Novotel, Auckland, May 20-21st.

Hughes, C. R. (2014). What doctors have up their sleeves: Creating hope for oncology patients. 12th Psychosocial Oncolgy Conference: The Big "C": Communication, Palmerston North, New Zealand, 20-22 November.

Hughes, C.R., Van Heugten, K., and Keeling, S. (2014). Cultural meaning making in the journey from diagnosis to end of life. Australian Social Work.

Hughes, C.R., Cottle , M., and Gremillion, H. (2013). A community cpproach to palliative care: Embracing indigenous concepts and practice in a hospice setting. Journal of Systemic Therapies (Vol. 32).

Hughes, C. R. (2013). Reviewing Palliative Care Services: One Boring Story. Aged Care Service Delivery Conference: Creating better service performance management:. Auckland, New Zealand,12-13 November.

Hughes, C. R., and McNabb, D. (2013). In the Year 2025 Looking back at the Future of Social Work Education. Social Workers Registration Board Conference 2013, Wellington, New Zealand. 11-12 November.

Hughes, C. R., Fleming, T., Cottle, M., and Davis, M. (2010). Navigating the Journey. 19th Hospice Palliative Care Conference, Te Papa, Wellington, 9-11 November.

Hughes, C. R. (2010). Palliative Care in Context: An Ethnographic Account of the Journey from Diagnosis to the End of Life. Ph.D. University of Canterbury, Department of Social Work and Human Services.

Hughes, C. R. (2010). An ethnographic case study of one participant's journey from diagnosis to the end of life. Living Every Moment, Auckland University: Tamaki Campus, 11 August.

Hughes, C. R. (2010). Palliative Care in Context: An Ethnographic Account of the Journey from Diagnosis to the End of Life. Palliative Care Lecture Series, Hospice New Zealand, Hospice West Auckland, 2 September.

Hughes, C. R. (2007). The journey from diagnosis to end of life: Individual and family experiences of palliative care in a major NZ city. Bridging the Gap: Psycho Oncology New Zealand Conference. Langham Hotel, Auckland City, 1-2 November.