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Associate Professor Goetz Ottmann

Social Work


Since joining ACAP in 2016, Goetz has taught a range of units both in the Bachelor and Master of Social Work and is currently coordinating the Bachelor program. He was previously an Associate Professor at Deakin University where he led a research program focused on community aged and disability care.

Goetz completed an undergraduate degree in Development Studies at La Trobe University in Melbourne before embarking on a Ph.D. at the Australian National University in Canberra. He successfully completed his Ph.D. thesis in 1998. His thesis focused on the fate of social movements in post-authoritarian Brazil was published by Pittsburgh University Press. Subsequently, he secured a Rockefeller Award for the Humanities tied to a post-doctoral fellowship at New York University focusing on cultural incentive policies and a post-doctoral fellowship at La Trobe University comparing participatory democracy in three Brazilian municipalities.

In 2006, he accepted a Research Fellow position at Austin Health/La Trobe in Melbourne focusing on the psycho-social needs of patients with serious illnesses and end of life care issues. Between 2007 and 2015, he was the lead researcher of a Deakin University based research program focusing on aged and disability care in the community.


Goetz has a wide range of research interests but is particularly interested in systemic processes that transfer decisional authority regarding social or health services to the people that actually receive them. Furthermore, he is interested in holistic, inter-disciplinary models of service provision that transform service-focused care into people/family-focused supports. He is passionate about supporting students in their endeavours to complete their research project 


Goetz has taught a range of units including

  • Ageing and Aged Care Services
  • Government, Policy and Civil Society
  • Research Methods
  • Research Project

Journal Articles

  • Ottmann, G. Exploring Community-Based Aged Care with Aboriginal Elders in three Regional and Remote Australian Communities: A qualitative study. Social Work & Policy Studies: Social Justice, Practice and Theory. Accepted for publication.
  • Douglas T, Redley B, Ottmann G, The need to know: The information needs of parents of infants with an intellectual disability – a qualitative study. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 2017; online (doi:10.1111/jan.13321).
  • Mohebbi M, Sanagou M, Ottmann, G, Key design considerations using a cohort stepped-wedge cluster-randomised trial in evaluating community-based interventions: Lessons learnt from an Australian domiciliary aged care intervention evaluation. International Journal of Statistics in Medical Research. 2017; online (doi:10.6000/1929-6029.2017.06.03.4).
  • Douglas T, Redley B, Ottmann G, The first year: the support needs of parents caring for a child with an intellectual disability. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 2016, online (doi: 10.1111/jan.13321).
  • Ottmann G, Maragoudaki M. 'I walk from trouble': exploring safeguards with adults with intellectual disabilities - and Australian qualitative study. Disability and Society. 2016; Volume 31(1):47-63.
  • Li S, Pathirana P, Galea M, Ottmann G, Khan F. Quantitative Assessment of ADL: A Pilot Study of Upper Extremity Reaching Tasks. Journal of Sensors. 2015; Volume 2015, Article ID 236474(1-13).
  • Ottmann G, McVilly K, Anderson J, Chapman J, Karlyawasam I, Roy A, et al. Barriers and Enablers to Safeguarding Children and Adults within a Disability Services Context: Insights from an Australian Study. Social Policy and Administration. 2015; online (DOI: 10.1111/spol.12189).
  • Street AF, Ottmann G, Considine J, Livingstone T, Kent B. Advance Care Planning for older people in Australia presenting to the emergency department from the community or residential aged care facilities. Health & Social Care in the Community. 2015;23(5):513-22.
  • Ottmann G, Maragoudaki M. Fostering Resilience Later in Life: A narrative approach involving people facing disabling circumstances, carers, and members of minority groups. Ageing and Society. 2014;35(10):2071-99.
  • Ottmann G, Mohebbi M. Self-Directed Community Services for Older Australians: A Stepped Capacity Building Approach. Health & Social Care in the Community. 2014; 22(6):598-611.
  • Ottmann G, Mohebbi M, Millicer A. Client self-assessment in community aged care: A comparative study involving older Australians and their case managers. SAGE Open. 2014; 4(1): online.
  • Street M, Considine J, Livingstone T, Kent B, Ottmann G. In-reach nursing services improve older patient outcomes and access to emergency care. Australasian Journal on Ageing. 2014; 34(2):115-20.
  • Allen J, Ottmann G, Roberts G. Multi-professional communication for older people in transitional care: A review of the literature. International Journal of Older People Nursing. 2013; 8(4):253-69.
  • Allen J, Ottmann G, Roberts G. Communication pathways in community aged care: An Australian study. International Journal of Older People Nursing. 2013; 8(3):226-35.
  • Ottmann G, Allen J, Feldman P. A systematic narrative review of consumer-directed care for older people: implications for model development. Health & Social Care in the Community. 2013; 21(6):563-81.
  • Ottmann G, Crosbie J. Mixed methods approaches in open-ended, qualitative, exploratory research involving people with intellectual disabilities: A comparative methods study. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities. 2013; 17(3):182-97.
  • Piil K, Rasmussen B, Ottmann G, Kolbaek R. The impact of the expanded nursing practice on professional identity in Denmark. Clinical Nurse Specialist: The Journal for Advanced Nursing Practice. 2012; 26(6):329-35.
  • Laragy C, Ottmann G. Towards a framework for implementing individual funding based on an Australian case study. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities. 2011; 8(1):18-27.
  • Ottmann G, Allen J, Laragy C, Feldman P. Coproduction in Practice: Participatory Action Research to Develop a Model of Community Aged Care. Systemic Practice and Action Research. 2011; 24(5):413-27.
  • Ottmann G, Laragy C. Developing Consumer-Directed Care for People with a Disability: Ten lessons for User Participation in Health and Community Care Policy and Program Development. Australian Health Review. 2010; 34(1):390-94.
  • Ottmann G, Laragy C, Haddon M. Experiences of disability Consumer-Directed Care users in Australia: Results from a longitudinal qualitative study. Health & Social Care in the Community. 2009; 17(5):466-75.
  • Ottmann G, Laragy C, Damonze G. Consumer Participation in Designing Community Based Consumer-Directed Disability Care: Lessons from a Participatory Action Research-Inspired Project. Systemic Practice and Action Research. 2009; 22(1):31-44.
  • Street AF, Ottmann G. Addressing Online Information Needs in Palliative Care: An action research-inspired approach. Systemic Practice and Action Research. 2006; 20(2):151-65.
  • Ottmann G, Street AF. Ten lessons for developing a health information website. Australian Health Review. 2007; 31(4):523-6.
  • Street AF, Swift K, Annells M, Woodruff R, Glidden T, Oakley A, et al. Developing a web-based information resource for palliative care: an action-research inspired approach. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making. 2007; 7(26):7-26.


  • Noble, C. and Ottmann, G., Social Work in Australia: Context, Content and Challenges. Social Work in the 21st Century: Challenges for Academic and Professional Training. Nieto-Morales, C. (ed.). Dykinson e-books. 2018.
  • Ottmann, G. Bouncing Back Later in Life: How to Build Resilience and Lead a More Fulfilling Life. Ballarat: Connor Court Publishing, Australia. 2013.
  • Ottmann, G. Democracy in the Making: Municipal Reforms, Civil Society, and the Brazilian Workers’ Party. Haupaugge, N.Y.: Nova Science Publishers. 2009.
  • Ottmann, G. Lost for Words: Brazilian Grassroots Activism in the 1990s, Pittsburgh: The University of Pittsburgh Press. 2002.

Book Chapters

  • Ottmann, G. Chapter 4: Systems of Health Care Delivery. Tabbner’s Nursing Care: Theory & Practice 7th edition. G. Koutoukidis, J. Hughson and K. Stainton. Melbourne, Elsevier Australia. 2016.
  • Ottmann, G. Chapter 4: Systems of Health Care Delivery. Tabbner’s Nursing Care: Theory & Practice 6th edition. G. Koutoukidis, J. Hughson and K. Stainton. Melbourne, Elsevier Australia. 2012.

Research Grants

2017:  City of Sydney/City West Housing; $8,545
2015:  VALID, Victorian Office of the Public Advocate (led by Assoc. Prof. Erin Wilson, Deakin University); $59,000
2014:  Deakin University, QPS Seed Funding; $22,000
2014:  COTA Australia; $10,000
2013:  Deakin University, QPS Seed Funding; $50,000
           State Trustees, Victoria; $10,000 
2012:  State Trustees, Victoria; $10,000
           National Disability Insurance Scheme; $139,000
           Commonwealth Department of Social Services; $500,000          
2011:  Deakin University, QPS Bridging Grant; $10,000