Professor Sally Robinson

Professor in Disability and Community Inclusion

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Sturt South (S272)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

My work is focused on key social policy concerns for people with disability such as safety and abuse, wellbeing, participation and funding and organisation of community services. Most of the work in our research program has been co-produced with people with disability, and generated from their priorities. This approach has generated a series of important thematic areas – relationships, violence, loneliness, belonging, quality of support – and also translated into new approaches to research and evaluation for government and NGOs


2010  PhD, Griffith University
2001  Master of Policy and Applied Social Research, Macquarie University
1995  Master of Arts (Education - Rehabilitation), Macquarie University
1990  Bachelor of Arts, Sydney University

Honours, awards and grants

Current research (selected):

2021-2022 Connecting the Dots: understanding the DFV experiences of children and young people with disability within and across sectors. ANROWS

2021 Improving attitudes to people with disability. Disability Royal Commission

2021- 2023 Bringing supported decision-making to positive behaviour support. NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission

2020-2022 Mapping domestic and family violence data and disability and evaluation or progress against the Queensland plan to respond to DFV against people with disability
2021 - 2023 Supporting mental health and wellbeing for children from migrant and refugee backgrounds with disability. Channel 7 Foundation
2020 - 2022 What works to prevent bullying for school students with autism? SA Health Grant
2020 - 2021 Loneliness - what helps? Perspectives of people with intellectual disabilty. Flinders internal grant.
2020 - 2021 Countering exclusion through community building in COVID-19. CNHS COVID-19 Collaboration grant
2019-2021 Beyond safety: ethical research involving children. ARC Discovery DP180100465
2016-2019 Relationships and Recognition: young people with cognitive disability and their paid support workers. ARC Linkage LP150100013)

Key responsibilities

Disability and Community Inclusion: Academic Lead
Research program lead: Disability & Community Research

Teaching interests

I am focused on developing evidence-informed learning for students at a range of levels which supports practice in their different contexts, and is enhanced by current research. 

My teaching interests are in the intersections of the individual, systemic and structural forces that impact on the lives of people with disability. These can be seen in different ways across many different subject areas - for example, in the provision of daily support, in ethics, in better understanding quality, and in the prevention of harm.

Topic coordinator
DSRS9052 Service design and evaluation
Topic lecturer
DSRS2118 Critical issues in disability
DSRS9052 Service design and evaluation
Supervisory interests
Disability Ethics
Disability and policy
Disability, qualitative research
Family violence
Social exclusion
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Disability studies (2)
Associate supervisor: Disability studies (3)
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