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Research Interests

My research is investigating how multispecies family units with one or more family members with disability or chronic health challenges navigate life. Sociology investigates animals as part of the family, and social work investigates families impacted disability and chronic health challenges; my project aims to bring the two together.

My research aims to inform future research and policy in the area, particularly within the public health and disability systems. This research is important because the social emotional health and wellbeing of family units with lived experience of disability or health challenges is important, and our systems don’t consider the significance of multispecies family units, and the focus of our systems is commonly the individual with the disability or health challenge, rather than seeing the individual and family health and wellbeing as being interrelated – help one, help both, help all.

Education/Academic qualification

Master, Master of Social Work, Flinders University

Award Date: 27 Jun 2019

Bachelor, Bachelor of Social Sciences, University of Canberra

Award Date: 31 Jul 2002

External positions

Accredited Mental Health Social Worker/ Clinical Play Therapist, Side by Side Therapy

Research Areas

  • Sociology
  • Social work


  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Animal studies
  • family studies
  • health and social care policy
  • disability
  • HM Sociology
  • Animal studies
  • HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
  • disability
  • Health
  • health equity
  • social inclusion
  • Social Justice
  • HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
  • HQ The family. Marriage. Woman


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