Postdoctoral research associate, University of Sydney

Sarah is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and Health researcher with more than 2 decades experiences working in the Australian allied health community. She is currently a Postdoctoral research associate with the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney.

Her Doctoral study, exploring the qualitative complexities of hope for people living with the ambiguous loss of a missing person, identified ways to respond to the long term health needs of people experiencing trauma. Her work was awarded a Chancellors Medal for Doctoral research by the University of New England.

Sarah’s research interests include identifying, via narrative research methods, the lived experience of people connected with health services, with a particular interest in grief, trauma and mental health. She combines her experience managing state and commonwealth public service agencies in order to deliver findings that offer insight into the health and wellbeing of the Australian community.


  • 2011–present
    PhD Candidate, University of New England - School of Health


  • 1998 
    UNSW, Bachelor of Social Work