Associate Professor Lindsey Napier

MA(Aberd), DipSocStud(Edin), DipMH(LSE), MSW(Sydney), PhD(Sydney)


Phone: +61 2 9351 4168

Fax: +61 2 9351 6217

Building.Room: A35.339

Research interests

Social work and social policy

  • Ageing and end-of-life

Professional biography

Before joining the University of Sydney in 1982, Lindsey had been a practising social worker, both in her native UK (for, among others, Islington Family Service Unit and the psychiatric unit of St Bartholomew's Hospital, London) and in Sydney (for emploers including Sydney City Council and Prince of Wales Hospital).

She commenced social work in London, working first in non-government child-and-family welfare and then in mental health.

In Sydney, she worked predominantly in health services, in the public-hospital system and then as social-work adviser in the then NSW Health Commission.

Lindsey joined the University of Sydney in the counselling service. She later accepted an academic position with the Department of Social Work, Social Policy and Sociology. Her research and teaching interests are critical reflective practice; dying, death and palliative care; social-work education; health-service social work; and ageing.

Current research students

Project title Degree Research student
Embracing uncertainty: the experiences of hospital social workers’ working at end of life. DSW Stephanie Wade

Selected publications

Book chapters

  • Napier, L, Waugh, F. (2008). Older people and violence. In Barbara Fawcett and Fran Waugh (Eds.), Addressing Violence, Abuse and Oppression: Debates and Challenges (pp. 163–173), New York London: Routledge.