Department of Social Work Alumni Profiles
Social Work: Marie Vakakis
Giving back is important to Marie Vakakis. Since studying a Master of Social Work, she has opened her own counselling and psychology practice and started a podcast for social workers.
Social Work: Lucy Burnett
In her role at Jesuit Social Services, Lucy Burnett (Master of Social Work 2016) works with the ReConnect Program, a program designed to support people with high rates of recidivism to reintegrate into the community after release from prison.
Social Work: Alison McClelland
Alison McClelland BA (1968) GDip Social Studies (1969) was made a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia in 2017 for significant service to the community through contributions to the development, monitoring and analysis or social policy, and to education.
Social Work: Charles Gibson
Charles Gibson BA (HONS) (1971) GDip Social Studies (1975) has dedicated his life to supporting people and the wider community with his social work training. The breadth of his experience spans many areas including child protection, family support, emergency relief, disability services and more.
Social Work: Miriam Suss OAM
Miriam Suss OAM (BA 1972, GDip Social Studies 1972) was determined to become a social worker from the age of 16. With of over 30 years, experience as a social worker and community development professional Miriam is still giving to the community in her role as a Board Director.
Social work: Janet Farrow OAM
Janet Farrow OAM (BSW 1988) came into her own upon entering the University. Her illustrious career since graduating has been defined by a ceaseless drive to alleviate distress and solve social problems.
Social Work: Professor Emeritus Dorothy Scott AM
Professor Emeritus Dorothy Scott AM (GDip (Social Studies) 1973, BA (Hons) 1976, M. Social Work 1987, PhD 1995) is a renowned leader in the field of child and family welfare, previously serving as Foundation Chair of Child Protection at the University of South Australia and Inaugural Director of the Australian Centre for Child Protection. She is the author of five books.
Social Work: Kristal Allison
Kristal Allison is a Senior Policy Officer at the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.