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Gerard Jefferies


Position on the Board:  General Board Member & Chair of Education Sub Committee

Introduce yourself:  Gerard is a social worker and since 2012 has been the Field Education Coordinator at the University of the Sunshine Coast.  Gerard arranges and coordinates field education placements for students in both the social work and the human services programs at the Faculty of Arts, Business and Law.  Gerard's prior work experience includes mental health, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, youth justice and homelessness.  Gerard has a passion for working with students to achieve their potential.

Education and Credentials:  Master of Social Work - Queensland University Of Technology. Bachelor of Social Science (Human Services) - Queensland University Of Technology. Certificate IV Disability Work – TAFE. Certificate IV Assessment and Training

Notable Achievements:  Gerard was elected and served as a member of the Australian Association of Social Workers, Queensland Branch, Branch Management Committee - 2013 – present.  He was elected and served as a member of the Brothers Old Boys Rugby Union, Board of Management - 2009 – 2011.  Gerard was presented the University of the Sunshine Coast Vice-Chancellor and President’s Award for Excellence in Engagement in 2016.

Closing Statement:  Gerard is currently undertaking further research in Social Work at the University of the Sunshine Coast. He maintains the passion for his work with a keen interest in the outdoors, including camping and 4 wheel driving. Gerard lives in Parrearra, Sunshine Coast.