Dr Denise Lynch

Honorary Senior Lecturer


Phone: +61 2 9351 3410

Fax: +61 2 9351 3783

Building.Room: A35.731

Research interests

Social work and social policy

  • Child young people: safety and well-being
  • Violence against women and children
  • Knowledge building in social work practice and education

Professional biography

Denise Lynch joined the School of Social Work and Policy Studies in 1995 following some part time work for the University. Denise worked for thirteen years with the NSW Department of Community Services in service provision, middle management and senior management in the area of child protection and more broadly child welfare. Before working at the university, she conducted consultancy work with a number of welfare and welfare related areas. At the university, Denise has developed curriculum around interpersonal violence and social justice and has taught in the areas of family violence, social justice and skills workshop at undergraduate level.  She has co-developed and taught postgraduate courses in supervision.

With Dr Fran Waugh, she has developed curriculum in child welfare and child protection in the Masters Social Work (Qualifying). With Dr Lesley Laing, she is the Program Director for this new program at University of Sydney.

Denise Lynch has conducted research with NSW Asylum Seekers Centre, with a grant from the Don Chipp Foundation. This research addressed the well-being and care of asylum seeking and refugee children in the Sydney community.

Denise Lynch is the Coordinator for the Masters Social Work Program


  • Excellence in Teaching Award (2001)

Professional and community roles

  • Since 2008, in collaboration with NSW Community Services, Department of Human and Community Services, I have developed and conducted programs for Aboriginal staff. These programs have addressed theories, policies and practices in child protection and child well-being.

  • With Masters, Early Childhood and Bachelor, Early Childhood, and Masters, Special Education, I have conducted the lectures in Child Protection and Child Well-being.


Current projects

  • With Dr Lesley Laing, I have obtained a Teaching Inquiry Grant addressing 'How do social work students learn about the complex issues of violence against women and children?' for $4000.
  • With Dr Lesley Laing, and the NSW Law and Justice Foundation, a research project addressing 'Womens' Experiences of Obtaining an Apprehended Violence Order. Focus Group report has been submitted.

Selected publications


  • Giles, R, Irwin, R, Lynch, D and Waugh, F. (2010). In the Field: From Learning to Practice. South Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

Book chapters

  • Lynch, Denise. (2011). Cultural Diversity in Practice: Working with Migrants and Refugees. In Agi O'Hara and Rosalie Pockett (Eds.), Skills for Human Service Practice, Working with Individuals, Groups and Communities. (2nd ed., pp. 71–84), Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
  • Lynch, Denise. (2011). Refugee Children, Schools and Communities: Social Inclusion in the Australian Context.. In Dorothy Bottrell and Susan Goodwin (Eds.), Schools, Communities and Social Inclusion Sydney: Palgrave Macmillan and University of Sydney.
  • Lynch, Denise. (2010). Being a Real Mother: Adoptive Mothers' Experiences. In Susan Goodwin and Kate Huppitz (Eds.), The Good Mother, Contemporary Motherhoods in Australia (pp. 215–232), Sydney: Sydney University Press.
  • Lynch, Denise. (2010). Enhancing Literacy Education for Refugee Children. In Frances Christie and Alyson Simpson (Eds.), Literacy and Social Responsibility (pp. 116–129), London: Equinox.
  • Lynch, D. (2008). Violence and the state: asylum seeker children. In Barbara Fawcett and Fran Waugh (Eds.), Addressing Violence, Abuse and Oppression: Debates and Challenges (pp. 122–131), New York London: Routledge.
  • Lynch, Denise. (2006). Cultural Diversity in Practice: Working with Migrants and Refugees.. In O'Hara, A and Weber, Z (Eds.), Skills for Human Service Practice: Working with Individuals, Groups and Communities. (pp. 1–288), Melbourne: Oxford University Press.