• The University of Western Australia (M256), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


After 22 years in the field as a front line Social Worker and Senior Manager, I am an Early Career Researcher and Academic. My skills in communication and facilitation, creative and innovative practice and problem-solving make me a sought after team member, presenter and research collaborator.

My main research interests are in the out-of-home care field, particularly exploring issues for foster and kinship carers and innovation in the care sector. I also have a strong interest in the trauma-informed practice, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, improving teaching methods and a strong focus on student mental health and wellbeing. 

Teaching philosophy

I strive to be an enthusiastic, collaborative and accessible teaching academic. I am open and transparent in my approach, flipping the classroom to ensure that students are empowered to take responsibility for their own learning outcomes. My approach is strengths-based and creative and I implement differentiated instruction in my courses to ensure that learners of all abilities have the opportunity to thrive. I am open to feedback and strongly encourage participation and innovation in all classes. 

Teaching overview

  • Chair of School of Allied Health Learning and Teaching Committee
  • MSW Course Coordinator
  • SWSP 5301 Foundations of Social Work Thinking and Identity
  • SWSP 5409 Applied Social Work Practices
  • Graduate Certificate in Child Protection Practice


Current projects

  • Evaluating a novel online interactive simulation platform for Western Australian healthcare training
  • Children's Voice in Thoughtful Schools
  • The Thoughtful Schools Project (inc. Mid-West implementation)
  • Valuing Children Initiative- Australian adults' attitudes towards children
  • Evaluation of the Palmerston Child Support Service

Industry relevance

Project industry partners:

  • Department of Communities, Government of Western Australia
  • Palmerston Association
  • Valuing Children Initiative (Centrecare WA)
  • Iluka Resources Ltd.

Education/Academic qualification

Tertiary Teaching, Graduate Certificate of Tertiary Teaching, The University of Western Australia


Award Date: 23 Jul 2021

Social Work, PhD


Award Date: 20 Jul 2018

Social Work, Bachelor of Social Work (Hons)


Award Date: 1 Mar 2000

Anthropology/ Industrial Relations, Bachelor of Arts


Award Date: 1 Mar 1989

External positions

Consultant, Western Australian Department of Communities

Aug 2021 → …

Industry keywords

  • Social and Welfare Issues
  • Children and Young People
  • Not for Profit


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