Western Sydney University – Professor of Social Work

Thank you for your interest in this role with Western Sydney University.

An appointment has now been made with the following announcement released by the Dean, School of Social Sciences.

The School is delighted to welcome Associate Professor Lita Meo-Sewebu to the post of Associate Professor in Social Work. Litea has been working in the School as an adjunct for some months and we are very pleased to welcome her to this ongoing position.

Litea’s teaching and research covers a broad range of intersecting fields including Social Work and Social Policy, Public Health, Indigenous Health and Wellbeing, Indigenous research and Gender & Development.   She is the former Social Work Discipline Lead for at the University of the South Pacific, Fiji.   She has also worked across the Pacific including the Pacific diaspora in Aotearoa, New Zealand.  Her work has also included curriculum development specifically the inclusion of Indigenous and Pacific content in the Social Work program.

She received her PhD in Social Work/Social Policy in 2016 from Massey University in New Zealand, exploring the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Fijian women in a village in Fiji and in the NZ diaspora.  She also has a Masters in Public Health from Tulane University’s School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with a minor in Sociology from Lambuth University now known as the University of Memphis (Lambuth campus) both in the United States of America.  She is originally from Fiji with paternal links to Saqani, Cakaudrove and maternal links to Nayau, Lau. 

She was awarded the ‘Research Excellence Award in 2020 at the University of the South Pacific.  Some of her recent research work includes Violence against Children in Fiji,  Indigenous health & wellbeing, Indigenous entrepreneurship on customary land,   Climate Change, Mental Health & Wellbeing in Pacific Islands Frontier communities and a Water for Women project under the RISE -(Revitalising Informal Settlements and Environment); a tri-university project with Fiji and Indonesia as pilot sites.

Professor Brian Stout
PVC, HASS Cluster,
Dean, School of Social Sciences,
Provost, Liverpool Campus, Darug Country

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