Lorraine is the first person to graduate with two PhDs from James Cook University after graduating Cum Laude with her second PhD from School Medicine and Dentistry, JCU, having first completed a BSocSc-BSW Hons and an earlier PhD in SASS, JCU.

Lorraine's first PhD research identified and documented the theoretical framework used by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Health professionals into an academic format - Indigenous Australian Social-Health Theory. This thesis is published (2014) as A Theory for Indigenous Australian Health and Human Service Work: Connecting Indigenous knowledge with practice, Allen & Unwin and won the Educational Publishing Awards Australia 2015 'Scholarly Resource' category.

Lorraine's second doctorate shifted the research lens onto non-Indigenous mainstream Australian culture, from an Indigenous perspective.  This study identified distinct areas of difference between Indigenous and non-Indigenous mainstream Australian culture, as well as similarities and developed some promising methods to promote greater understanding and inter-cultural respect between the two cultures.

Lorraine's area of expertise is situated within the disparate but interconnected Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian cultures and identities and the complex interactions between the two, seeking ways to stimulate and build inter-cultural respect.

Lorraine’s work has gained international recognition with an invitation from the University of St Thomas, Canada, to attend an International  writers workshop and contribute a book chapter in a publication on social work with Indigenous peoples around the world (offer was declined).

Lorraine has been a keynote and invited speaker at national and international conferences. She was an international organiser of the 2nd International Indigenous Voices in Social Work conference held in Winnipeg Canada 2013, and is an an inaugural member of the International Indigenous Knowledges in Social Work Research Network, established post-conference.

  • Ethics
  • Indigenous Australian knowledge and theory
  • Indigenous research methods
  • Intergenerational communication
  • Indigenous Australian Spirituality
  • Respect
  • Mainstream Australian culture/identity from an Indigenous perspective.
  • Racism
  • Class and Social Stratification
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

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