Janine Harrison has been working at Flinders University as a Field Education Coordinator since 2006. She qualified as a social worker in South Africa in 1988 after completing an Honours degree in Social Work at the University of the Witwatersrand ("Wits"), Johannesburg. She achieved awards for most outstanding student and most outstanding thesis. She later completed the degree of Master of Arts in Social Work at the same university, graduating magna cum laude.
Janine has a range of social work practice experience, mainly in the fields of substance abuse, mental health, trauma, child sexual abuse and paediatric oncology and haematology. She has extensive experience in human service management, counselling, therapeutic group work, policy development, advocacy, organisational development, human rights activism (including the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa) and community development. She has also worked as an academic and has significant social work teaching and research supervision experience.
Janine has served on several Boards and committees, including the Standards Generating Body for Social Work, under the auspices of the South African Qualifications Authority.
Janine has maintained a strong interest in anti-oppressive practice throughout her career, particularly with marginalised communities such as asylum seekers and refugees. She has a long-standing interest in the work of STTARS and is herself a survivor of trauma.