Researcher biography

I am a researcher and educator in the fields of social work and social policy. My research focuses on promoting the social, economic and cultural well-being of vulnerable children, young people and families across the life course. In 2016, I was appointed a member of the Order of Australia (AM) for my contribution to social work particularly in child protection, higher education and research. In September 2018, I was awarded the position of Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

My research focuses

a) international and national approaches to social and economic inclusion and cultural well-being of vulnerable children, young people and families across the life course;

b) the participation of vulnerable children, young people and families in decision-making especially within child welfare, family support and out of home care services;

c) and professional education and organisation support for promoting job satisfaction, workforce retention and best practice among health and welfare professionals.

My research is published several languages including Chinese, Spanish, Korean, Danish and Japanese.