Dr Lou Johnston

Casual Strategic Development & Partnerships Manager

School of Humanities and Social Science (Social Work)

Career Summary

Biography

Lou was a lecturer in social work at UoN from 2001-2018 and continues to provide casual support for teaching and field education. Her teaching experience covers social policy, organisational practice, community development, group program development, research, schools and communities, and child law. Lou is a member of several research teams who are contributing to human service practice. She recently completed her PhD which focused on social work supervisors and how supervision practice is developed. In private practice as a social worker, Lou provides individual and group professional supervision as well as project and consultancy work focused on practice development for human services, especially around management, leadership, teams, systems, procedures and programs. Her qualitative research experience includes looking at perspectives of parents and carers of children with a disability about the NDIS, experiences of parents whose children were removed and placed in care, community life for people with disabilities in local communities, and social work graduate work readiness.

Research projects
2012-2021: PhD (Social Work): Supervising supervisors: Developing social work supervision practice link

2019-present: Parent peer support in child protection and out-of-home care

2016-present: Transitioning to community living: People living with disability (moving from large residential centres to community living)

2016: Follow-up study: What does person centred care mean for early intervention services? Parent and carer perspectives

2015-2017: Parents’ perspectives on support and legal services after having a child removed and placed in out of home care

2012-2013: What does person centred care mean for early intervention services? Parent and carer perspectives (focused on national disability reforms and their impact on families with children 0-6 years with a disability)

2011-2012: Renewing social work curriculum about non-heterosexualities to support student experience and increase professional development, UoN Teaching and Learning Project Grant ($10,000)

2011: Indicators of work readiness in social work students, UoN External Relations Project Grant ($7,000)

2010: Cultural connections in learning for Indigenous Social Work students, UoN Equity Initiative Grant ($6,500)


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Social Science, Mitchell College of Advanced Education
  • Bachelor of Social Work, University of Sydney
  • Graduate Certificate Practice of Tertiary Teaching, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Experience based learning
  • Field Education Preparation
  • Groupwork
  • Indicators of work readiness in social work graduates
  • Organisations
  • Professional supervision
  • Schools and communities
  • Social policy
  • Social work
  • Student preparation for practice
  • Work Integrated Learning

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
440999 Social work not elsewhere classified 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Casual Academic University of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia

Membership

Dates Title Organisation / Department
20/12/2017 - 20/12/2021 Committee member, Family Inclusion Strategies in the Hunter Inc. (FISH) Family Inclusion Strategies in the Hunter Inc. (FISH)
Australia
1/10/2013 - 31/12/2017 Secretary, Firstchance Inc. Board Firstchance Inc.
Australia
1/1/2000 - 31/12/2021 Member - Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/12/2020 - 31/8/2021 Project Worker

Service set up and management and supervision for peer support workers who provide support and advocacy for parents and family who have had, or are at risk of having, children removed due to child protection concerns and placed in care. 

Family Inclusion Strategies in the Hunter Inc. (FISH)
Australia
1/1/2001 - 31/12/2021 Consultant Social Worker

Private practice providing professional practice supervision for individuals and groups, as well as project work focused predominantly on organisational practice, such as team development, practice improvement, organisational culture, and program development. This includes development and facilitation of practice and skills workshops.

Self-employed
Australia

Awards

Recognition

Year Award
2013 Work Integrated Learning Staff of the Year Award 2013
University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
2012 Work Integrated Learning Staff of the Year Award 2012
University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Book (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Johnston L, Noble C, Gray M, Critical Supervision for the Human Services A Social Model to Promote Learning and Value-Based Practice, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 288 (2016) [A1]
Co-authors Mel Gray

Journal article (6 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 Agllias K, Pallas P, Blakemore T, Johnston L, 'Enhancing child protection practice through experience-based simulation learning: the social work big day in', Social Work Education, 1-14 (2020)
DOI 10.1080/02615479.2020.1771301
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Tamara Blakemore, Kylie Agllias, Phillip Pallas
2018 Ross NM, Johnston L, Cocks J, Stoker L, 'Evidence-based law and practice with disadvantaged populations: Perspectives of parents involved in child protection proceedings', Newcastle Law Review, 12 23-41 (2018) [C1]
Co-authors Nicola Ross
2017 Johnston L, 'Social Work and Social Policy: An Introduction, 2nd edition', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WELFARE, 26 199-199 (2017)
DOI 10.1111/ijsw.12260
2015 Howard A, Johnston L, Agllias K, 'Ready or not: Workplace perspectives on work readiness indicators in social work graduates', Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education, 17 7-22 (2015) [C1]
Co-authors Amanda Howard, Kylie Agllias
2015 Howard A, Blakemore T, Johnston L, Taylor D, Dibley R, ' I m not really sure but I hope it s better : early thoughts of parents and carers in a regional trial site for the Australian National Disability Insurance Scheme', Disability and Society, 30 1365-1381 (2015) [C1]

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is one of the most significant initiatives in Australian social policy history. Its complexity has been compounded by a fast-paced ... [more]

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is one of the most significant initiatives in Australian social policy history. Its complexity has been compounded by a fast-paced introduction and ongoing refinement throughout the initial trial phase. Parents and carers of very young disabled children face particular challenges accessing and navigating NDIS systems. This article presents findings from a mixed-method pilot study examining the perspectives of parents and carers of disabled children in one NDIS trial site ¿ the Hunter Region of New South Wales. The research highlights a number of policy assumptions potentially impacting on NDIS take up for young disabled children and their families in regional contexts. Based on research findings a number of policy suggestions and improvements for disabled children and their families entering the NDIS and other individualised funding schemes are outlined.

DOI 10.1080/09687599.2015.1093462
Citations Scopus - 29Web of Science - 28
Co-authors Amanda Howard, Tamara Blakemore
2013 Johnston L, 'Best practice in professional supervision: A guide for the helping professions', ASIA PACIFIC JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WORK AND DEVELOPMENT, 23 151-152 (2013) [C3]
DOI 10.1080/02185385.2012.759318
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Report (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Ross N, Cocks J, Johnston L, Stoker L, ' No voice, no opinion, nothing : Parent experiences when children are removed and placed in care', 75 (2017)
Co-authors Nicola Ross

Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2021 Johnston L, Supervising Supervisors: Developing social work supervision practice, The University of Newcastle (2021)
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Dr Lou Johnston

Positions

Casual Strategic Development & Partnerships Manager
Social Work
School of Humanities and Social Science
College of Human and Social Futures

Casual Academic
Social Work
School of Humanities and Social Science
College of Human and Social Futures

Focus area

Social Work

Contact Details

Email lou.johnston@newcastle.edu.au

Office

Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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