Sharyn Frawley

Sharyn Frawley

Mrs, Doctor of Philosophy Student

  • The University of Western Australia (M422), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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I am a qualified social worker with postgraduate qualifications in policy analysis, and community and sustainable development. I have worked in several social work practice contexts including child protection, exiting prison and reintegration services, homelessness, mental health and research across the education, non-government and public sectors. I have significant experience in the field of family and domestic violence (FDV) from case management, advocacy and activism, to refuge and outreach services management, contract management and staff supervision and skills development. My clinical work is heavily influenced by the theoretical and practice-based frameworks of Narrative Practices and Response-Based Practice.

I am currently undertaking a Doctor of Philosophy program within the School of Allied Health (SAH) - Social Work and Social Policy at the University of Western Australia. I am concurrently employed as a sessional academic in the SAH and provide consultancy services to the FDV sector, training staff in safe interviewing and communication techniques, risk assessment and safety planning, and provide program evaluation services.


Mothering in the context of violence: The family and domestic violence - child protection nexus (Current)

Beyond refuge: An ecological approach to supporting culturally and linguistically diverse women in crisis accommodation

Conversations across the counter: An institutional ethnography of welfare to work policy and praxis in Australia

A study of low paid work and low paid workers in Western Australia

An analysis of the rhetorical construction of WorkChoices and its impact on low-paid working carers

Working English: An investigation of employment language needs of culturally and linguistically diverse groups

Research interests

Family and domestic violence policy and legislation; Employment and welfare rights; Human rights; Humanitarian action; Sustainable development; and Climate justice

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Graduate Certificate, Sustainable Development and Humanitarian Action, Deakin University

Bachelor of Social Science, Children and Family Studies, Edith Cowan University

Bachelor of Social Work, First Class Honours, Beyond refuge: An ecological approach to supporting culturally and linguistically diverse women in crisis accommodation, Edith Cowan University

Master of Arts, Community Development, An analysis of the rhetorical construction of WorkChoices, Murdoch University


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