Professor Sharon Lawn


College of Medicine and Public Health

place Health Sciences (2.11)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Sharon joined Flinders University in 2004, as lead writer of the Self-Management brief for the Australian National Chronic Disease Strategy. This submission placed self-management firmly within policy and practice nationally. Its recommendations contributed to the development of the Australian Better Health Initiative. It was also seminal in establishing Flinders University researchers as national leaders in chronic disease research. Sharon is highly active in mental health consumer-carer movement in Australia and brings multi-disciplinary skills and experience from being a health professional for more than 23 years. Her research uses a broad range of qualitative and mixed methods, and focuses on examining the culture of service provision, systems of care, implementation, and service users' experiences of care. Sharon is also currently the lead Mental Health Commissioner for South Australia.

PhD, MSW, Dip Ed., BA
Honours, awards and grants

Exceptional contribution to Mental Health Services in Australia by an Individual - The Mental Health Services (TheMHS) Conference 2007.

SA Pride of Australia Medal - Community Spirit Category, 2012.

2013 Top Ten most viewed ROAR Profiles Australian PHC Research

Winner, 2015 TheMHS Conference Award Category entitled – ‘Consumer Led’. For significant and sustained consumer and carer advocacy.

BMC International Section Editor of the Year, 2016

Winner, Carers SA Carer Achievement Award, SA Community Achievement Awards, 2016

Key responsibilities

Former Course Coordinator for the Post Graduate Program in Chronic Condition Management and Self-Management

Former Director, Flinders Human Behaviour and Health Research Unit, Dept of Psychiatry, Flinders University

Teaching interests
  • Chronic Conditions
  • Mental Health
  • Addictions / Tobacco
  • Person Centred Approaches
Supervisory interests
Chronic condition self-managment support
Consumer and carer perspectives
Tobacco control
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Gambling (1), Paramedics workforce (1), Dental caries in children - Indonesia (1), Physical health and mental health (1)
Associate supervisor: Interprofessional Education and Practice (1), Chronic condition management in children (University of Sydney) (1), Mental Health Care Planning (1), Gambling in Vietnamese population (1), Physical health and mental health (Univ. Melbourne) (1), Mental health and smoking (Univ. Otago) (1)
Principal supervisor: Youth, Mental Health, Technology (1), Mental Health Carers (1)
Associate supervisor: Acquired Brain Injury - family carers (1), Gambling (1)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Teresa Kelly

Heart Foundation Scholarship 2014 -

Nicole Micallef

Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship and Support Scheme: NAHSSS Scholarship 2014 -

Simone Orlowski

RHD Student Publication Award - AUG 2015

Expert for media contact
Health/Medical education
Mental health
Chronic Condition Management adn Self-Management
Health Service Consumer and Carer Issues
Mental Health
Smoking and Mental Health
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Media expertise
  • Addiction
  • Family
  • Health/Medical education
  • Mental health
  • Schizophrenia
  • Veterans
  • Chronic Condition Management adn Self-Management
  • Health Service Consumer and Carer Issues
  • Mental Health
  • Smoking and Mental Health
Further information

A recent interview on 5AA about gambling, families and help-seeking

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