Research team

Adjunct Associate Professor Dale Bagshaw

Dale BagshawAfter 36 years as a social work academic, Dale is now an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of South Australia. She was previously a Head of School, Director of Postgraduate Studies, and the Program Director for 3 postgraduate programs in Mediation and Conflict Resolution and the Doctor of Human Service Research in the School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy at UniSA. From 1993 to 2009 she was also the Director of the Centre for Peace, Conflict and Mediation and its antecedents. Since her so-called 'retirement' from UniSA she has continued to conduct research, supervise PhD students, publish and consult. Dale has also been appointed as a Visiting Professor with the School of Law and Business at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth and visits Ireland every year.

Dale has published extensively and has coordinated many research projects, including a number of research projects with a focus on family violence, including the abuse of older people. She has also served as a member of three national advisory councils to the Australian government: the Family Law Council, the National Council for the Prevention of Child Abuse and as the inaugural Chair of the Family Services Council.

In 2007 Dale and her colleagues, Dr Sarah Wendt and Dr Lana Zannettino, wrote the state plan Our Actions to Prevent the Abuse of Older South Australians for the SA Office for the Ageing, and in 2009 they were also successful in gaining an Australian Research Council Linkage grant with five industry partners. The researchers and industry partners are currently focusing on strategies for the prevention of the abuse of older Australians by family members, the most commonly reported form of abuse of older people.

For more information please go to Dale's homepage or email dale.bagshaw@unisa.edu.au

Associate Professor Sarah Wendt

Sarah WendtSarah is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy and member of the Research Centre for Gender Studies at the University of South Australia. Since 2002 Sarah has been a researcher on a large number of Commonwealth and state government commissioned projects in the area of domestic and family violence. These projects have resulted in 16 sole- and co-authored journal articles. Sarah has sole authored a book titled Domestic violence in rural Australia, published by Federation Press. She determined the key aspects of living in rural environments and communities that shape experiences and perceptions of domestic violence. The book has provided leadership in the move towards contextualising knowledge about domestic violence in rural and other communities; in this respect, the work goes beyond the conventional naming of structural barriers that keep women in violent relationships.

In 2007, Sarah co-authored the South Australian government's Action Plan for the Prevention of Abuse of Older South Australians and in 2009, the Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse's stakeholder paper Preventing the abuse of older people by their family members. She is currently working with researchers from the University of South Australia and with five industry partners on an Australian Research Council Linkage project 'Developing Older-Person-Centred Models of Family Mediation for the Prevention of Financial Abuse of Older People by their Family Members'.

Sarah is actively involved in supervising PhD candidates in the areas of domestic violence and child sexual assault. She is also currently teaching social work theory to undergraduate and master students.

Sarah's homepage
 

Dr Lana Zannettino

Lana ZannettinoLana is a Senior Lecturer in sociology in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Flinders University. Since 2002 Lana has been a researcher on a large number of Commonwealth and state government commissioned projects in the area of domestic and family violence. These projects have resulted in twelve sole- and co-authored research reports, many of which have had an enduring and positive impact on domestic and family violence policy and practice in Australia.

In 2007, Lana co-authored the South Australian government's Action Plan for the Prevention of Abuse of Older South Australians and in 2009, the Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse's stakeholder paper Preventing the abuse of older people by their family members. She is currently working with researchers from the University of South Australia and with five industry partners on an Australian Research Council Linkage project 'Developing Older-Person-Centred Models of Family Mediation for the Prevention of Financial Abuse of Older People by their Family Members'.

Lana has also been actively involved in service to the community in the area of domestic and family violence. In 2010 she was involved in the development of a successful tender for an additional service site for the Central Domestic Violence Service (CDVS), which has been providing services to women and children affected by domestic violence and Indigenous family violence since 1974 and is the longest-standing service of its kind in South Australia. In 2009 she worked with the CDVS to develop a practice manual to assist the domestic violence service sector in South Australia to respond more effectively to African women and their families affected by domestic violence.

Lana is actively involved in supervising PhD candidates in the areas of domestic violence and elder abuse. She is also currently a member of a team of academics from Flinders University and Johns Hopkins University (USA), which is developing an online continuing education program for medical officers, paramedics, nurses and midwives that focuses on the forensic aspects of sexual assault and domestic and family violence.

Lana's homepage
 

Dr Valerie Adams

Valerie AdamsValerie participated in this project as a Research Associate. Formerly a registered nurse for over 25 years with 14 years' work experience in residential aged care facilities, Valerie has worked on research projects across the social sciences since 2004. In 2010 she researched and wrote the report Scoping the Australian care economy: a gender equity perspective for Security4Women, one of six national women's alliances funded by the Australian government's Office for Women. Her research interests include empirical investigations of paid and unpaid care work, the undervaluation of care work, gender equity issues, the care economy, aged care and research methodology.

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