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PhD candidate, La Trobe University

PhD candidate, Discipline of Social Work and Social Policy, School of Allied Health, La Trobe University; work in the areas of evaluation, research, policy and advocacy, in Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation.

Carlina has worked in the area of child welfare for over 15 years, specifically in the areas of research, evaluation and policy of therapeutic services for children who have experienced abuse and neglect, outcomes and evidence informed research and Indigenous child welfare. Carlina currently works in an evaluation, policy and advocacy role with Ngarra Jarra Noun, the Redress Support Service at the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA), a statewide Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation. Carlina is currently a PhD candidate at La Trobe University, researching the role of cultural connection in healing for Aboriginal children in out of home care and was awarded the Berry Street Take Two Robin Clark postgraduate scholarship.


  • –present
    PhD candidate - Aboriginal child welfare , La Trobe University


  • 1998 
    University of Melbourne, BSc (Hons, Psych)