I have been teaching in the university sector for over twenty years and my current work is concerned with how e-learning techniques can be used to enrich the teaching and learning experiences of undergraduate and postgraduate students from a diverse range of backgrounds. My teaching expertise is in sociology and research methods and I currently teach in the Honours and Post-graduate programs in the College.
My research concerns gender, and families and relationships across the life course, with a particular focus on domestic and family violence. I have made significant contributions to knowledge in these fields, including publication in high-ranking, international academic journals and books. In 2012, I was appointed as a non-government member of the Commonwealth Panel for the Implementation of the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children 2010-2022.
I am currently leading two research projects in 2018. The first project is funded by the Department of Social Services (DSS) Building Safe Communities for Women (BSCW) program and focuses on building collaborative networks between domestic violence, older person support, and homelessness service sectors to improve responses to older women (50+ years) affected by domestic and family violence and homelessness in Adelaide, South Australia. The second project is funded by a Flinders Fertility grant and focuses on the complexities and challenges faced by Social Workers, Psychologists and Health Care Practitioners in providing support and advice to Australian couples seeking commercial surrogacy services overseas. I am also a CI on two ANROWS (Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety) funded research projects. The first project focuses on defining women's Quality of Life (QoL) indicators for measurig perpetrator intervention effectiveness for domestic violence. The second project, led by the University of Melbourne, focuses on the role of settlement and multicultural services in supporting immigrant and refugee women experiencing domestic and family violence.
VC's Prize for Doctoral Thesis Excellence - MAY 2017
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