Prof Tony Vinson

.Professor Tony Vinson
Honorary Professor, University of Sydney

Professor Tony Vinson's initial qualifications were in Arts and Social Work and he subsequently obtained a doctorate from the University of New South Wales for a sociological study of low birth weight babies.

His professional career has alternated between academic appointments and government and community positions. He has held professorial appointments in Behavioural Science in Medicine at the University of Newcastle and Social Work at the University of NSW and has held visiting professorships in Sweden and Holland.

In the early 1970s, he was Foundation Director of the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research within the NSW Department of Attorney General and Justice. From 1979 to 1981 he headed the NSW Department of Corrective Services during a period of intense reform following a Royal Commission into the state's prison system.

In 2001 he was invited to chair a year long Independent Inquiry into Public Education in NSW, a contribution that resulted in his receiving an inaugural NSW Government Award for Meritorious Services to Public Education. Professor Vinson has undertaken a number of studies of the geographic distribution of social disadvantage and in 2007 he published a national study of the distribution of disadvantage (Dropping off the Edge).

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