Ms Janine Harrison

Senior Lecturer

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

place Education (366)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Janine Harrison qualified as a social worker in South Africa in 1988. She spent her first year of professional practice in Paediatric Oncology and Haematology at the Johannesburg Hospital. She then worked in a large, comprehensive drug and alcohol and mental health serivice for 7 years, achieving a senior managerial position. In 1995 she joined the University of the Witwatersrand as a part-time lecturer in the Social Work Department whilst working simultaneously in a specialist childhood sexual abuse service. She later worked as a consultant in organisational change and occupational social work before taking up a full-time lecturing position. She left the University in 2004 to join Monash University (South African campus) as Community Services Manager. There she implemented a macro change perspective including community and organisational development strategies, whilst providing clinical services to staff and students. She migrated to Adelaide with her husband and two daughters in January 2006.

MA (Social Work) - University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, 1999 - cum laude

BA (Social Work) Honours - University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, 1988 - cum laude

BA (Social Work) - University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, 1987
Honours, awards and grants
University awards:
  • Thelma Seawright Memorial prize for most outstanding social work graduate in 1988
  • John Gray Medal for most outstanding BA (SW) Honours thesis
  • Certificate of merit for outstanding work in BA (SW) Honours
  • Top of class and the only student with distinction for BA (SW) Honours
  • Top of class and the only student with distinction for MA (SW)
Key responsibilities

Teaching Specialist: Clinical/Practitioner

  • Topic coordination and teaching in the Bachelor and Master of Social programs
Teaching interests
  • Sociology as foundation for social work
  • Critical social work
  • Colonialism and decolonisation
  • Anti-oppressive and inclusive practice
  • Aged care
  • Trauma
  • Mental health
  • Refugees and asylum seekers
  • Feminist social work perspectives
  • Allyship with LGBTIQA+ students and service participants
  • Dismantling systems of oppression and marginalisation
Topic coordinator
SOAD9102 Social Work with Diverse Populations
SOAD2012 Decolonising Social Work