Dr Lana Zannettino

Academic Level D

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Bedford Park
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

I have been teaching in the university sector for over twenty five years. My teaching expertise is in sociology, gender studies, feminist theory, and qualitative research. I have taught across a range of disciplines including education, nursing and midwifery, and social work, and have taught at Undergraduate, Honours, and Postgraduate levels. I have held teaching and research positions at the University of South Australia, the University of Newcastle, and Flinders University, and have been Honours program convenor in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University and in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Newcastle. I am currently the Teaching Program Director for the Discipline of Social Work in the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work, and am Topic Coordinator for SOAD3017 'Identity, Self and Agency' in the Bachelor of Social Work.

My research is primarily concerned with gender and families and relationships across the life course with a particular focus on domestic and family violence and elder abuse. I have been awarded significant external funding to conduct research in these fields and have published research findings in high-ranking, national and international academic journals and books. My current research focuses on family violence in refugee and migrant communities in Australia, and domestic violence in the lives of older women, particularly in terms of its intersections with elder abuse, and the impact on women of diminishing social connections in later years. I am a member of the Social Work Innovation Research Living Space (SWIRLS).

PhD, BSW (Hons 1)
Key responsibilities

Teaching Program Director - Social Work

Course Coordinator - Master of Social Work (Graduate Entry)

Teaching interests
  • Sociology
  • Domestic and family violence
  • Gender studies
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Social Theory
  • Social Work Ethics
Topic coordinator
SOAD3017 Identity, Self and Agency
Topic lecturer
SOAD3017 Identity, Self and Agency
Supervisory interests
Domestic violence
Elder abuse
Family violence
Sociology of gender & identity
Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: Self management of Type 1 Diabetes in the acute care setting (1), The human agency of pregnant adolescents in Thailand (1)
Principal supervisor: Community health, service learning, nursing centre models
Associate supervisor: Responses to elder abuse in aged care settings (1), Childhood trauma and resilience in psychosis populations (1)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Neti Juniarti

VC's Prize for Doctoral Thesis Excellence - MAY 2017

Expert for media contact
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Gender studies
Domestic and family violence
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Media expertise
  • Ageing
  • Domestic violence
  • Feminism
  • Gender studies
  • Sociology
  • Domestic and family violence