Position

Chair of the Social and Behavioural Research Ethics Committee SBREC
Social Work & Social Planning

Biography

Lorna was appointed in September 2006. She holds a PhD from Flinders University (2005) having completed a B. Soc. Wk. from University of Queensland in 1982. Prior to coming to Flinders, Lorna practiced in a range of settings, including disability advocacy and the management of a loss and grief service. Lorna has been a significant and long term contributor to the development and analysis of disability policy. Her recent research has focussed on the Evaluation of the Trial of The National Disability Insurance Scheme through the National Institute of Labour Studies at Flinders. In 2015, Lorna was appointed the Independent Reviewer of the SA Adoptions Act (1988) and she is a member the SA Premier's Women's Council. Lorna speaks and writes regularly on issues related ethical issues for workers in complex human services.

Qualifications

B Soc Wk (University of Queensland, 1982)

PhD (Flinders University, 2005)

Honours, awards and grants

  • South Australian Women's Honour Roll, 2011
  • Joint winner Australian Book Review 2010 Calibre Prize for Outstanding Essay for an essay entitled 'On being odd'
  • Winner Best Abstract Award (Practitioner) Joint World Conference on Social Work and Social Development Hong Kong June 2010
  • Faculty of Social Sciences Teaching Award 2009

Key responsibilities

  • Discipline Leader, Social Work
  • Chair, Social and Behavioural Research Ethics Committee
  • Research Ethics Advisor

Teaching interests

Lorna contributes to teaching in the fields disability studies; human rights and ethics and integrity in social work practice. Lorna supervises a number of research students.

Topic Coordinator:

  • SOAD9207  Integrity in social work practice (m)
  • SOAD9217  Social work in the disability sector

Research expertise

  • Disability
  • Evaluation
  • Social work

Research interests

Lorna is a Senior Research Fellow and is one of four chief investigators in the officail 3 year Evaluation of the Trial of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, funded by the Commonwealth Department of Social Services and run through the National Institute of Labour Studies at Flinders University.

Lorna also conducts research in these areas:

  • Social inclusion and the importance of freely given relationships
  • Adult protection, advocacy and safeguarding
  • Social work theory and moral philosophy especially related to ethical practice with vulnerable people
  • Assessment and planning in indiviualised services

Lorna conducts consultancies in these areas:

  • Ethical practice related to vulnerable people reliant on complex human services
  • Innovative practice frameworks and organisational change
  • Disability policy development and analysis
  • Loss and intentional relationship building

Lorna is a member of the International Editorial Board of The Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work and the Editorial Board of The International Journal of Innovation, Creativity and Change.

Supervisory interests

  • Ageing
  • Child protection
  • Disability and policy
  • Social work practice and spirituality
  • Social work theory and practice

RHD research supervision

Current

Principal supervisor : Child protection (2) ; Social work practice (3) ;

Associate supervisor : Disability and policy (1) ;

Completion

Principal supervisor : refugees and social work practice (1) ; ethics and social work practice (1) ;

Associate supervisor : disability theology (1) ;

Publications

  • Hallahan, L.E. (2008). On relationships not things: exploring disabilty and spirituality. In Elizabeth McKinley, ed. Ageing, Disability and Spirituality. London, UK: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, pp. 94-105.
  • Hallahan, L.E. (2001). Embracing Unloveliness: Exploring Theology from the Dungheap. In Denis Edwards, ed. Earth Revealing, Earth Healing: Ecology and Christian Theology. Collegeville, USA: Liturgical Press, pp. 105-123.
  • Hallahan, L.E. (2015). Review of the Sa Adoption Act 1988. Adelaide: SA Government.
  • Irizarry, C., Hallahan, L., Bull, M. and Roach, D. (2013). Lotus: Responding to Loss and Grief. Adelaide, South Australia: Australian Centre for Community Services Research.
    [Web Link]
  • Miller, K., Irizarry, C. and Hallahan, L. (2011). Disability Carers Mediation and Counselling Service. Adelaide: Uniting Care Wesley.
  • Hallahan, L.E. (2004). A river of desire, struggle and hope. In Like a sweet cup of tea: shared lives, neighbourhoods & communities. Brisbane, QLD: Community Resources Unit Publishing, pp. 106-119.
  • Hallahan, L.E. (2010). On being odd. Australian Book Review, May 2010(321) pp. 24-35.
  • Bowden, M., Hallahan, L., Hall, M. and Keng, S.L. (2012). Shifting Sands: Narratives of quality and compromise in timely postgraduate research supervision and outcomes. In M Kiley, ed. Narratives of Transition: Perspectives of Research Leaders, Educators and Postgraduates. Canberra, ACT: The Australian National University. 10th Quality in Postgraduate Research Conference. Adelaide, SA. Apr 2013, pp. 39-57.
    [Web Link]
  • Hallahan, L.E. (2002). Giving cheek: ecotheologians speaking in a global age. In Proceedings of the 2nd International Institute for Public Ethics (IIPE) Biennial Conference. IIPE. Restructuring 'the public interest' in gloabalizing world: business, the professions and the public sector: International Institute for Public Ethics (IIPE) Biennial Conference 2002. Brisbane, QLD. Oct 2002, pp. 1-16.
    [Web Link]
  • Hallahan, L.E. (2015). Disability policy in Australia: a triumph of the scriptio inferior on impotence and neediness. Australian Journal of Social Issues, 50(2) pp. 191-208.
    [Web Link]
  • Irizarry, C.R., Marlowe, J.M., Hallahan, L.E. and Bull, M.A. (2015). Restoring Connections: Social Workers' Practice Wisdom towards Achieving Social Justice. British Journal of Social Work,
  • Hallahan, L. (2013). In all its unfitness: the publics' framing of the NDIS. International Journal of Innovation Creativity and Change, 1(1)
    [Web Link]
  • Hallahan, L.E. (2013). Down the Rabbit-hole: Reflections on 13 Narratives of Living with the 'Disabled' Label. Narrative Enquiry in Bio-ethics, 3(3) pp. 229-234.
    [10.1353/nib.2013.0070] [Web Link]
  • Hallahan, L.E. (2010). Legitimising social work disability policy practice: pain or praxis? Australian Social Work, 63(1) pp. 117-132.
    [10.1080/03124070903515458] [Scopus]
  • Hallahan, L.E. and Irizarry, C.R. (2008). Fun days out: normalising social experinces for refugee children. Journal of Family Studies, 14(1) pp. 124-130.
    [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Hallahan, L.E. (2008). The whirlwinds of war: disabilty, conflict and theological reflection. Journal of Disability, Religion and Health, 12(3) pp. 214-220.
    [10.1080/15228960802269299] [Scopus]
  • Hallahan, L.E. (2004). Believe that a farther shore is reachable from here: mapping community as moral, loving, journeying. Journal of Disability, Religion and Health, 8(1/2) pp. 33-44.
  • Hallahan, L.E. (2004). Beautiful lies and the dung heap. Interface: A Forum For Theology in The World, 7(1) pp. 118-123.
  • Hallahan, L.E. (2015). Disability policy in Australia: a triumph of the scriptio inferior on impotence and neediness. Australian Journal of Social Issues, 50(2) pp. 191-208.
    [Web Link]
  • Irizarry, C.R., Marlowe, J.M., Hallahan, L.E. and Bull, M.A. (2015). Restoring Connections: Social Workers' Practice Wisdom towards Achieving Social Justice. British Journal of Social Work,
  • Hallahan, L. (2013). In all its unfitness: the publics' framing of the NDIS. International Journal of Innovation Creativity and Change, 1(1)
    [Web Link]
  • Hallahan, L.E. (2013). Down the Rabbit-hole: Reflections on 13 Narratives of Living with the 'Disabled' Label. Narrative Enquiry in Bio-ethics, 3(3) pp. 229-234.
    [10.1353/nib.2013.0070] [Web Link]
  • Hallahan, L.E. (2010). Legitimising social work disability policy practice: pain or praxis? Australian Social Work, 63(1) pp. 117-132.
    [10.1080/03124070903515458] [Scopus]
  • Hallahan, L.E. (2008). The whirlwinds of war: disabilty, conflict and theological reflection. Journal of Disability, Religion and Health, 12(3) pp. 214-220.
    [10.1080/15228960802269299] [Scopus]
  • Hallahan, L.E. and Irizarry, C.R. (2008). Fun days out: normalising social experinces for refugee children. Journal of Family Studies, 14(1) pp. 124-130.
    [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Hallahan, L.E. (2004). Beautiful lies and the dung heap. Interface: A Forum For Theology in The World, 7(1) pp. 118-123.
  • Hallahan, L.E. (2008). On relationships not things: exploring disabilty and spirituality. In Elizabeth McKinley, ed. Ageing, Disability and Spirituality. London, UK: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, pp. 94-105.
  • Hallahan, L.E. (2001). Embracing Unloveliness: Exploring Theology from the Dungheap. In Denis Edwards, ed. Earth Revealing, Earth Healing: Ecology and Christian Theology. Collegeville, USA: Liturgical Press, pp. 105-123.

Professional and community engagement

  • Member, SA Health Ethics Council
  • Member, SA Premier's Women's Council
  • HCSCC Charter Champion

Expertise for media contact

Subject Titles

  • Disability
  • Rights
  • Social Inclusion
  • Social Policy/Welfare

Interests

  • Disability Policy

Contact

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Postal address: GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia
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