Professor Lisa Brophy Discipline Lead Social Work, Social Work & Social Policy

My current position is Professor and Discipline Lead in Social Work and Social Policy at La Trobe University. I am also an honorary principal research fellow in the Centre for Mental Health in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne, leading the Recovery and Social Justice Unit. I have a professional background in Social Work and a career long commitment to the mental health field of practice dating back to 1985. I graduated with a Master’s in Policy and Law from La Trobe University in 1995 and a PhD from The University of Melbourne in 2009. My research focus has been on people experiencing mental ill illness and psychosocial disability and their recovery, social inclusion and human rights. My research activity has fostered strong interdisciplinary partnerships, working in collaborative research teams with academics from a range of disciplines and universities, across Australia and internationally. My teams have also included people with lived experience and partners organisations. I have therefore had the opportunity to be involved in research and evaluation activities that are highly participatory and contribute to making a difference for people with mental health illness and psychosocial disability. My PhD focused on good practice with people on Community Treatment Orders and I have been involved in local and international collaborations regarding mental health law and its implications for policy, law reform and direct practice. I was a member of the expert advisory group that reviewed the Victorian Mental Health Act, 1986. I am a current sessional community member of the Victorian Mental Health Tribunal and I was reappointed in April 2018.

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