Lorna has been a social work academic since 2006, building on a professional career in disability advocacy and policy analysis and development. Her teaching is focussed on professional judgement and ethical decision-making and her research covers several fields of social policy. She was a member of the Flinders University Human Research Ethics Committee from 2007-2018, the last 4.5 years as Chair. Lorna was Head of the Social Work for two periods totalling seven years. She was also President of the Australian Council of Heads of Schools of Social Work in 2019 and currently holds leadership positions in social work education at Flinders University, reflecting a long history of translating tertiary education strategy and university policy into quality educational offerings for a diverse range of students.
Fascinated with theology from her childhood in the Anglican Church and school, Lorna completed her PhD in disability theory and the doctrine of incarnation. During this time, she was also Honorary Chaplain at St Barnabas College. She is a member of the Parish of St Chad’s Fullarton where she is an intercessor and occasional preacher.
Areas of Teaching
Research Higher degree Supervision
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