Abner Weng Cheong Poon

Senior Lecturer

Abner Poon is Senior Lecturer of Social Work at the School of Social Sciences. Abner has experience as a social worker in mental health. His research focuses on social work practice in mental health, impact of mental illness on families and caregivers, family intervention in mental health, children of parents with mental illness, health and wellbeing of migrants facing mental health problems, recovery and community mental health teams. He has published articles in high-ranking journals focusing on Assertive Community Treatment Program, caregivers of people with psychosis, carers of people with mental illness from ethnic minority groups and parents with mental illness.

Journal articles
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Poon AWC; Lappin JM; Cassidy A; Breckenridge J, 2021, 'Scoping Review of Family Interventions That Support the Physical Health of Caregivers', Research on Social Work Practice, vol. 31, pp. 234 - 243, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1049731520974444
2021
Poon AWC; Abdul Wahab N; Salim R; Ow R, 2021, 'Well-being and needs of Malay carers of people with mental illness in Singapore', Health and Social Care in the Community, vol. 29, pp. 164 - 174, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/hsc.13079
2021
Poon AWC; Cassaniti M; Sapucci M; Ow R, 2020, 'Wellbeing and experiences of Chinese and Vietnamese carers of people with mental illness', Transcultural Psychiatry, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1363461520952629
2020
Poon AWC; Lee JS, 2019, 'Carers of People with Mental Illness from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities', Australian Social Work, vol. 72, pp. 312 - 324, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0312407X.2019.1604300
2019
Cassidy A; Poon AWC, 2019, 'A Scoping Review of Family-Based Interventions in Drug and Alcohol Services: Implications for Social Work Practice', Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, vol. 19, pp. 345 - 367, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1533256X.2019.1659068
2019
Poon AWC; Curtis J; Howard A; Ward PB; Lappin JM, 2019, 'Health of Carers of Young People with Early Psychosis: A Biopsychosocial Approach', Australian Social Work, vol. 72, pp. 260 - 273, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0312407X.2018.1530269
2019
Poon AWC; Hayes L; Harvey C, 2019, 'Care-giving by people with psychotic disorders in the second Australian prevalence study of psychosis', Health and Social Care in the Community, vol. 27, pp. 1042 - 1052, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/hsc.12721
2019
Breckenridge J; Yang T; Poon AWC, 2019, 'Is gender important? Victimisation and perpetration of intimate partner violence in mainland China', Health and Social Care in the Community, vol. 27, pp. 31 - 42, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/hsc.12572
2019
Yang T; Poon AWC; Breckenridge J, 2019, 'Estimating the Prevalence of Intimate Partner Violence in Mainland China – Insights and Challenges', Journal of Family Violence, vol. 34, pp. 93 - 105, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10896-018-9989-9
2019
Poon AWC; Joubert L; Mackinnon A; Harvey C, 2018, 'Changes in health and wellbeing of carers of people with psychosis overtime', newparadigm, pp. 54 - 55, https://cmha.org.au/new-paradigm/
2018
Poon AWC; Curtis J; Ward P; Loneragan C; Lappin J, 2018, 'Physical and psychological health of carers of young people with first episode psychosis', Australasian Psychiatry, vol. 26, pp. 184 - 188, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1039856217748250
2018
Poon AWC; Joubert L; Harvey C, 2018, 'Perceived needs of carers of people with psychosis: An Australian longitudinal population-based study of caregivers of people with psychotic disorders', Health and Social Care in the Community, vol. 26, pp. 412 - 422, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/hsc.12530
2018
Poon AC; Joubert L; Mackinnon A; Harvey C, 2017, 'Recovery for Carers of People with Psychosis: A Longitudinal Population-Based Study with Implications for Social Work', British Journal of Social Work, vol. 48, pp. 1754 - 1773, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcx120
2017
Poon AC; Harvey C; Fuzzard S; O'Hanlon B, 2017, 'Implementing a Family Inclusive Practice Model in Youth Mental Health Services in Australia', Early Intervention in Psychiatry, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/eip.12505
2017
Poon AWC; Harvey C; Mackinnon A; Joubert L, 2016, 'A longitudinal population-based study of carers of people with psychosis', Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences, vol. 26, pp. 1 - 11, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S2045796015001195
2016
Poon WC; Joubert L; Harvey C, 2015, 'A longitudinal study of the health and wellbeing of culturally and linguistically diverse caregivers of people with psychosis in Australia', International Journal of Social Psychiatry, vol. 61, pp. 743 - 753, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0020764015577843
2015
Poon WC; Lee C; Mark L, 2014, 'An Exploratory Study of the Profile and Perceived Needs of People With Mental Illness Who Are Caring for Young Children in Singapore', Social Work in Mental Health, vol. 12, pp. 174 - 193, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15332985.2013.851058
2014
Poon WC; Joubert L; Harvey C, 2013, 'Experiences of Chinese Migrants Caring for Family Members With Schizophrenia in Australia', Social Work in Health Care, vol. 52, pp. 144 - 165, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00981389.2012.737907
2013
Low L; Tan YY; Lim BY; Poon WC; Lee C, 2013, 'Effectiveness of Assertive Community Management in Singapore', Annals Academy of Medicine, vol. 42, pp. 125 - 132, http://www.annals.edu.sg/pdf/42VolNo3Mar2013/V42N3p125.pdf
2013
Campbell L; Hanlon MC; Poon AWC; Paolini S; Stone M; Galletly C; Stain HJ; Cohen M, 2012, 'The experiences of Australian parents with psychosis: The second Australian national survey of psychosis', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, vol. 46, pp. 890 - 900, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0004867412455108
2012
Lim CG; Koh CW; Lee C; Poon WC, 2005, 'Community Psychiatry in Singapore: A Pilot Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Programme', Annals Academy of Medicine, vol. 34, pp. 100 - 104, http://www.annals.edu.sg/pdf200502/LimCG.pdf
2005
Book Chapters
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Poon AWC; Kung WW, 2020, 'An Overview of Social Work Approaches in Working with Families of People with Serious Mental Illness', in Ow R; Poon AWC (ed.), Mental Health and Social Work, Springer, Singapore, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-0440-8_8-1
2020
O'Hanlon B; Harvey C; Poon AWC; Cuff R; McKenzie P; Young J, 2020, 'Working with families', in Mental Health and Collaborative Community Practice: An Australian Perspective
2020
Poon AWC; Ow R, 2020, 'Reflection of Future Social Work Practice in Mental Health', in Ow R; Poon AWC (ed.), Mental Health and Social Work, Springer Nature, Singapore, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-0440-8_20-1
2020
Campbell L; Poon AWC, 2020, 'Parenting Challenges for Persons with a Serious Mental Illness', in Ow R; Poon AWC (ed.), Mental Health and Social Work, Springer Nature, Singapore, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-0440-8_16-1
2020
Poon AWC; Ow R, 2020, 'Reflection of Future Social Work Practice in Mental Health', in Mental Health and Social Work, Springer Singapore, pp. 541 - 554, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-6975-9_20
2020
Ow R; Poon AWC, 2020, 'Theories on Mental Health, Illness and Intervention', in Mental Health and Social Work, Springer Singapore, pp. 3 - 21, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-6975-9_1
2020
Campbell L; Poon AWC, 2020, 'Parenting Challenges for Persons with a Serious Mental Illness', in Mental Health and Social Work, Springer Singapore, pp. 457 - 474, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-6975-9_16
2020
Poon AWC; Curtis J; Ward P, 2020, 'Using Standardized Questionnaires and Anthropometric Instruments in Measuring Health and Well-Being of Caregivers of Young People With Early Psychosis', in SAGE Research Methods Cases., http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781529740585
2020
Poon AWC; Kung WW, 2020, 'An Overview of Social Work Approaches in Working with Families of People with Serious Mental Illness', in Mental Health and Social Work, Springer Singapore, pp. 199 - 217, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-6975-9_8
2020
Higgins M, 2019, 'Social work with refugees and migrants', in Poon AWC; Ow R (ed.), Mental Health and Social Work, Springer, Singapore, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-0440-8_13-1
2019
Ow R; Poon AWC, 2019, 'Theories on Mental Health, Illness and Intervention', in Ow R; Poon AWC (ed.), Mental Health and Social Work, Springer Nature, Singapore, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-0440-8_1-1
2019
Edited Books
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Poon AWC; Ow R, (ed.), 2020, Mental Health and Social Work, Springer Nature, Singapore, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-6975-9
2020

Bruce Lord Award for Excellence in Research Methodology, Australian Social Work (2020)

Best Oral Presentation, 8th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health (2016)

Australian Postgraduate Award (2011 – 2014)

Melbourne Abroad Travelling Scholarship (2013)

Health Manpower Development Plan Fellowship, Singapore National Healthcare Group (2005)

My practice-based teaching focuses on social work practice in mental health and trauma, evidence-based practice, and counselling and groupwork.

SOCW2009 Social Work Counselling with Individuals, Families and Groups

SOCW4011 Evidence and Practice-based Research

SOCW4012 Social Work Practice in Mental Health and Trauma

SOCW4016 Social Work Honours Advanced Practice Portfolio