Teaching social work subjects in the area of public policy and child welfare
Training and professional development for human services practitioners
Strategic planning for human services organisations and government services
Service delivery models development
Consultancy in the review and development of policy and practice in the areas of:
Child protection and 'out of home care'
Primary Health Care
Child and family support services
Dr Giovanna Richmond has been a lecturer at the ACU School of Social Work since 2004. Prior to this she held senior management and senior professional positions in ACT Government in the fields of community health, child and family support services, child welfare and disability services. From 1997-2003 she was Director of the Child, Youth & Women's Health Program in ACT Health.
Giovanna was a key contributor to the ACT Children's Plan and many other projects both locally and nationally that helped place children and young people's health and development on the Commonwealth and Territory governments' agenda. She was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2002 for the ACT for her services to children and families. In particular, she was commended for her work in the integration of post-natal services.
Giovanna has undertaken a number of projects for non-government and government sectors, and her research activity has covered cross-disciplinary and cross-sectoral learning and practice, public inquiries into child abuse and workforce planning. Some recent projects include: the impact of mentoring on research capability and capacity of early career allied health professionals (The Role of Mentoring in Early Careers of Allied Health Professionals, University of Canberra/ACU/ACT Health); the development of child protection resources for the Queensland Department of Child Safety (ICPS); and the effects of FTBA on young people and parents (ICPS/FaCHSIA).
Giovanna's doctoral thesis developed a model to enhance the sustainability of human service organisations and social sustainability, with a focus on policy and reform processes in areas that included local government, community and child welfare sectors.