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.
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Janine participated actively in the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and has maintained a strong interest in anti-oppressive activist work. She belongs to various social action groups with a focus on social justice, human rights and protection of the natural environment.
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