Associate Professor Lorna Hallahan

Associate Professor

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

place Social Sciences South (340)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

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.


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
Research expertise
Social work
Research interests

Lorna 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
  • Child protection, adoption and social work

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.

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
SOAD9217 Social work in the disability sector
SOAD9207 Integrity in social work practice (m)
Supervisory interests
Child protection
Disability and policy
Social work practice and spirituality
Social work theory and practice
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Child protection (2), Social work practice (3)
Associate supervisor: Disability and policy (1)
Principal supervisor: refugees and social work practice (1), ethics and social work practice (1)
Associate supervisor: disability theology (1)
Expert for media contact
Social Policy/Welfare
Social work
Disability Policy
Social Work
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Media expertise
  • Disability
  • Rights
  • Social Policy/Welfare
  • Social work
  • Disability Policy
  • Social Work