Dr Giovanna Richmond

Giovanna Richmond
Associate Research Fellow

Institute of Child Protection Studies

PSM, BSocStud (Sydney Uni.); BA (Hons) (ANU); PhD (ACU)
Phone: 0411 784 133
Email: giovanna.richmond@acu.edu.au

Research Interests / Areas of Expertise

  • 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
  • Group facilitation
  • 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.

Selected Publications

Peer reviewed journal articles

Richmond, G. (2007). Creating policy partnerships. The nexus between child health and child protection. Communities, Children and Families Australia, 2(1), 15-25.

Research reports

Taplin, S., Richmond, G., McArthur, M. (2015). Identifying alcohol and other drug use during pregnancy: Outcomes for women, their partners and their children (PDF, 645KB). Canberra: Australian National Council on Drugs.

Richmond, G. (2013). Central Australia Cross Border Project. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.

Richmond, G. (2007). Lessons and Deep Learning from Child Abuse Public Inquiries. Unpublished paper presented to the ACT Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services.

Richmond, G., McArthur, M., & Winkworth, G. (2005). Workforce Planning in the ACT Care and Protection System. Issues Paper. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU. 

Memberships and Professional Activities

  • Member of the Australian Association of Social Workers
  • Member of the MyStory Advisory Committee, Barnardos Australia