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About Dr Elizabeth Reimer

Dr Elizabeth (Liz) Reimer BCWelf (Hons)(UWS), BA (Welfare Studies)(UWS), DipTeach (UNSW), PhD (UNISA)
Liz is a Lecturer in the School of Arts and Social Sciences, and an Associate Researcher at the Centre for Children and Young People, at Southern Cross University. 
Before joining SCU, Liz worked as:
 ·         Senior Researcher at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
·         PhD candidate at the Australian Centre for Child Protection (University of South Australia)
·         Senior Policy and Research Officer for the Inquiry into the Child Protection System in the Northern Territory
·         Policy Officer at both NSW Family Services Inc. and UnitingCare Burnside

Liz received a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in 2010 from the University of South Australia. Her research topic was: “Exploring the Parent-Family Worker Relationship in Rural Family Support Services: “You build a relationship…and before you know it you start working on the problems that you have got.” This thesis focused in fine detail on relationship-based practice in family support work. The aim of this was primarily related to improving professional family-based practice. This research was supported with a PhD scholarship from the Australian Centre for Child Protection (University of South Australia). Prior to this Liz received a Bachelor of Community Welfare (Honours , 1st Class) from the University of Western Sydney and a Diploma of Teaching (Primary) from the University of New South Wales.
Recent research and publication activities relate to aspects of parent-worker relationships in rural family services, include how relationships develop, how supervision and the family work environment affect relationships, personalised ways of working in professional family work relationships and how relational approaches provide an ethical alternative to other approaches to working with pareints who have had their children removed in Out of Home Care. 
Other recent research and publication activities relate to mixed-method research study examining themes from private sessions hearings for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, a national survey of the youth work sector across Australia, including the profile of this workforce and issues relating to professionalization of this industry.

Student supervision
Coonjbeeharry Bhugun (current) The experience of intercultural parenting in Australia

Jessica Seymour (completed 2014) Phoenixes, Mockingjays and Chameleons: Youth re-empowerment in contemporary fantasy and speculative young adult literature.

Teresa Hans (current) The social needs of grandmothers raising grandchildren

Louisa Miller (2015) Children as Witnesses in Queensland: A secondary data analysis

Caroline Bellenger (2014) Investigating the barriers that prevent families from voluntarily engaging with Family Services

Leon Ankersmidt (2012) Fostering Collaborative Relationships: Factors and Strategies for Collaboration between Birth Parents and Foster Carers in Restoration Casework


Present Board Member, The Family Centre
Present Board Member, NSW Family Services Inc
Present Lecturer, Southern Cross University School of Arts and Social Sciences


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Honors and Awards

  • SCU Community Engaged Learning Award 2015

Contact Information

Locked Mail Bag 4
Coolangatta QLD
Australia 4225
Phone: (+61 7) 5589 3171
Fax: (+61 7) 5589 3700


Journal articles (15)

Book chapters (1)

Theses (1)

Conference publications (10)