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Senior Lecturer Social Work, University of New England

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 a Senior Lecturer, who coordinates the Bachelor of Social Work at UNE. Her teaching interests centre on social work practice, mental health and qualitative research methods. She also provides training via the Missing Persons Advocacy Network for people wanting to understand how to respond to families of missing people.

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 disability, suicide, 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.

Experience

  • 2020–present
    Senior Lecturer, University of New England
  • 2018–2020
    Lecturer, University of Sydney
  • 2017–2018
    Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Technology Sydney
  • 2015–2017
    Postdoctoral fellow, University of Sydney
  • 2004–2012
    Statewide Manager, NSW victims of Crime Bureau

Education

  • 2015 
    UNE, PhD (Health)
  • 1998 
    UNSW, Bachelor of Social Work