Professor Ben Mathews

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Faculty of Business & Law,
School of Law


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Faculty of Business & Law,
School of Law


Child abuse law, research, and policy reform, Prevalence and health outcomes of child maltreatment, Child sexual abuse law, research and policy, Institutional child sexual abuse prevention and regulation, Child abuse prevention, identification and response, Legal liability for child abuse, Mandatory reporting laws and child protection systems generally, Public health law, child maltreatment, and improving child outcomes, Multidisciplinary research and evaluation at local, national and international levels, ACHLR


Law, Public Health and Health Services

Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


  • PhD (Queensland University of Technology)
  • BA (Hons) (Queensland University of Technology)
  • LLB (James Cook Uni. of North Qld)

Professional memberships and associations

  • Adjunct Professor, Johns Hopkins University, Department of Mental Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Member, Australian Centre for Health Law Research, QUT
  • Co-Director, Childhood Adversity Research Program, QUT
  • Member, World Health Organization (Department of Reproductive Health), Guideline Development Group, Health Sector Response to Child Sexual Abuse in Low and Middle Income Countries
  • Member, World Health Organization (Department for the Management of Noncommunicable Diseases), Guideline Development Group, Health Sector Response to Child Maltreatment in Low and Middle Income Countries
  • Member, American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) Committee on Child Maltreatment Reporting Laws
  • Editorial Board, Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Overseas Fellow, Royal Society of Medicine, UK
  • Member, International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Research Affiliate, ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course
  • Official Collaborator, Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Intimate Relationship Problems and Sexual Abuse, University of Montreal
  • Member, Executive, Parenting and Family Research Alliance
  • Child Protection Practitioners Association of Queensland


Courses currently taught: IF49 Doctor of Philosophy; LLH201 Legal Research (Honours unit); Mentor supervisor to unit coordinators in research and skills-based units

Postgraduate supervision

Ben is an experienced supervisor and thoroughly enjoys postgraduate supervision. He has supervised 17 students to completion. He welcomes applications from new PhD candidates.  He is a Level 3 accredited supervisor (the highest level of accreditation at QUT).

Selected publications

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Research projects


Current supervisions

  • Interpretation and presentation of statistical methods: understanding statistical evidence in the Australian criminal justice system
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Nathan Subramaniam
  • Aboriginal Young People in Out of Home Care: "How are traditional connections to culture and 'Country' maintained for Aboriginal young people in Out-of-Home Care in Queensland?"
    PhD, Mentoring Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Associate Professor Kelly Richards, Associate Professor Debbie Duthie