Professor Fiona Verity
Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences
Telephone: (01792) 513189
Room: Office - 135
First Floor
Haldane Building
Singleton Campus

Fiona is Professor of Social Work and Social Care in the School of Human and Health Sciences. She is a sociologist and a social worker with expertise in community development, social policy and practitioner research. Fiona began her career in Australia, in the early 1980s, as a community development worker in aged care. She has subsequently worked in management positions in the community health sector and held policy positions in non-government organisations. As an academic, she has taught and researched in areas of social policy, community development and social planning. She held the position of Dean, School of Social and Policy Studies at Flinders University, South Australia over the period 2011-2013. Fiona throughout her career has been active in community work in the voluntary sector.


  1. Community Development: Turning the Tide. New Community 14(1), 67-70.
  2. & OPALesence: Epistemological pluralism in the evaluation of a systems-wide childhood obesity prevention program. Evaluation 22(1), 29-48.
  3. & Health consumer participation, medical dominance and digital ethics in Indonesia: the Prita Case. Health Sociology Review online, 1-12.
  4. & Practitioner insights on obesity prevention: the voice of South Australian OPAL workers. Health Promotion International 31, 375-384.
  5. & Researching the Social Determinants of Health using Social Quality Theory: A National Survey in Australia.. In iConcept Press Ltd (Ed.), Epidemiology II - Theory, Research and Practice.. (pp. 97-115). Hong Kong: iConcept Press Ltd.

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  • ASQ101 Introduction to Social Work

    This module considers the place of contemporary social work within historical and comparative perspectives both in Wales, the U.K. and internationally. It also examines the issues and trends in modern public, social and political philosophies and the influence they have on practice and service delivery. It considers the relationship between the Welsh Assembly Government, agency policies in Wales, legal and regulatory requirements and professional boundaries in shaping the nature of the services provided and particularly those in inter-disciplinary contexts. Attention will also be paid to the inter-relationships with other social services in Wales and particularly education, housing, health, income maintenance and criminal justice when provided on a partnership basis. It introduces the student to the current range and appropriateness of statutory, voluntary and private agencies providing community-based day-care, residential and other services. This will be achieved within a thorough examination of the particular issues facing service-using citizens in contemporary Wales.


  • 'Mutual caring and learning disabilities: The lived experiences of mutual carers and the role of service providers.' (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Sarah Hillcoat-Nalletamby
    Other supervisor: Prof Fiona Verity
  • A comparative study exploring the teaching of disability issues in UK qualifying Social Work Education and in Texas, USA (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr David Rea
    Other supervisor: Prof Fiona Verity
  • • What would relationship based social work with people with dementia look like in different settings? • How would this determine professional boundaries? • What would need to change in current practice’s culture and context? (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Michele Raithby
    Other supervisor: Prof Fiona Verity
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Fiona Verity
    Other supervisor: Dr Tracey Maegusuku-Hewett
  • ''Policy, Process and Personalities: An exploration of the Interconnected factors that influence Interprofessional working with risk and older people within a multidisciplinary team '' (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Judith Phillips
    Other supervisor: Prof Vanessa Burholt
    Other supervisor: Prof Fiona Verity

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2014 2015 Professor Adelaide, South Australia
2014 2015 Principal Social Research Consultant Australia
2011 2013 Professor/Dean, School of Social and Policy Studies Adelaide, South Australia.
2010 2011 Associate Professor / Head of Social Work and Social Planning Adelaide, South Australia.
2003 2009 Senior Lecturer/Lecturer Social Work Adelaide, South Australia.
2000 2002 Lecturer Social Work South Australia
1999 2000 Senior Research Officer South Australia
1994 1999 Manager Australia
1991 1992 Deputy Director/Promoting Healthy Communities Officer South Australia
1989 1991 Community Development Worker Australia
1988 1987 Community Development Worker Adelaide, South Australia.
1984 1985 Community Development Worker St Peters