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Associate Professor, Southern Cross University

Dr Lynne McPherson

BSW (La Trobe), MSW (Monash) Ph.D. (La Trobe)

Dr McPherson joined Southern Cross University in 2016 as a senior lecturer, social work in the School of Arts and Social Sciences. Prior to this appointment she held a tenured position in social work and social policy at La Trobe University, Melbourne. Her project and publication interests are in the areas of out of home care, child, youth and family issues, post graduate learning and supervision and leadership. Lynne is currently course coordinator of the Master of Social Work (qualifying) program.
Before becoming an academic, Lynne spent more than 25 years as a senior social work manager and practice leader in child protection, out of home care and the wider child, youth and family sector. She has undertaken roles as a practitioner, manager, training consultant and senior policy advisor. For more than a decade she was senior manager of the State-wide Professional Development and Workforce Strategy Unit for the Department of Human Services, Victoria. In 1997, Lynne was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to examine international best practice in child protection. Dr McPherson has considerable professional experience and expertise, significant leadership capability and strong networks and partnerships in the child protection and out of home care industry.


  • 2016–2018
    Senior Lecturer, Southern Cross University


Churchill Fellowship