Dr Louise Townend


College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

place Bedford Park (SSS230)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Following her undergraduate studeis in classical language and literature, and contemporary politics, and a rich and varied career in government and community work, Louise graduated from Flinders with a Bachelor of Social Administration in 1994. Since then she has taught into the different social work degrees here in various capacities and across a range of topics. Following the award of her PhD in 2016, Louise has coordinated the Integrity in Social Work Practice topic in the Master of Social Work, where she combines her background in classical philosophy and her research interests in spirituality in social work, and the construction of moral status.


Doctor of Philosophy, Flinders University (2016)

Bachelor of Social Administration, Flinders University (1993)

Associate Diploma in Court and Parliamentary Reporting, University of Canberra (1989)

Bachelor of Arts, University of Adelaide (1985)

Honours, awards and grants

R.G.Brown Prize for Social Work, Runner-up, Flinders University (1993)

James Gartrell Prize for Classical Studies, University of Adelaide (1985)

Constantinian Award for Later Roman Empire Studies, University of Adelaide (1985)

Andrew Scott Memorial Prize for Latin, University of Adelaide (1984)

Key responsibilities

Topic Coordinator SOAD9207 Integrity in Social Work Practice.

Teaching interests

Praxis: the practice of compassion in social work teaching - from modelling ethical social work practice to the practical demonstration of social constructionism.

Topic coordinator
SOAD9207 Integrity in Social Work Practice
Topic lecturer
SOAD9207 Integrity in Social Work Practice

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