Dr Louisa Smith



Senior Lecturer, Disability and Inclusion


Faculty of Health


School of Health & Social Dev


Geelong Waterfront Campus


+61 3 924 68364


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Engaged advocacy: A framework for inclusion of people from refugee and asylum-seeking backgrounds in disability policy

M Higgins, M Murad, K Robinson, A Dew, K Boydell, F McKay, J Watson, M Coello, L Smith, K Johnson, R Wells

(2023), pp. 305-321, Research Handbook on Disability Policy, B1

book chapter

Wellness Warriors: a qualitative exploration of healthcare staff learning to support their colleagues in the aftermath of the Australian bushfires

A Knezevic, K Olcoń, L Smith, J Allan, P Pai

(2023), Vol. 18, International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, United States, C1

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Getting People with Dementia onto the Map: Scaffolding Qualitative GIS

C Brennan-Horley, L Smith, D Frost, L Phillipson

(2023), Vol. 22, pp. 1-16, International Journal of Qualitative Methods, London, Eng., C1

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The meaning of home when you don't live there anymore: Using body mapping with people with dementia in care homes

L Smith, C Carr, I Chesher, L Phillipson

(2023), pp. 1-26, Ageing and Society, Cambridge, Eng., C1

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The Utility of Researcher-Driven Projective and Enabling Techniques to Support Engagement in Research About Dementia Diagnosis and Post-Diagnostic Support

L Phillipson, M Hevink, C McAiney, M Gresham, E Conway, M Mackowiak, D Szczesniak, L Smith, H Brodaty, L Low

(2023), Vol. 22, pp. 1-15, International Journal of Qualitative Methods, London, Eng., C1

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Interdependencies in peer work with people with disability

S Taylor, L Smith, E Farrant, D Hamilton, A Dew, J Watson

(2023), pp. 1-22, Disability & Society, London, Eng., C1

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Perspectives and practices associated with consumer-directed care in Australia: Synergies and tensions in supporting planning and delivery of home care for older people with dementia

L Phillipson, L Smith, C Duncan

(2022), pp. 1-10, Health and Social Care in the Community, Oxford, England, C1

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'In the beginning it was difficult but things got easier': Service use experiences of family members of people with disability from Iraqi and Syrian refugee backgrounds

A Dew, C Lenette, R Wells, M Higgins, T McMahon, M Coello, S Momartin, S Raman, H Bibby, L Smith, K Boydell

(2022), pp. 1-12, Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, London, Eng., C1

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Key characteristics of the refugee journey for Iraqi and Syrian family members who support their children or siblings with disability

Louisa Smith, Isabelle Chesher, Angela Dew, Maree Higgins, Caroline Lenette, Ruth Wells, Katherine Boydell

(2022), pp. 1-23, Disability and Society, Abingdon, Eng., C1

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Supporting the involvement of older adults with complex needs in evaluation of outcomes in long-term care at home programmes

L Phillipson, A Towers, J Caiels, L Smith

(2022), pp. 1-11, Health Expectations, London, Eng., C1

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Investigating the lived experience of LGBT plus people with dementia and their care partners: a scoping review

Louisa Smith, Isabelle Chesher, Karen Fredriksen-Goldsen, Richard Ward, Lyn Phillipson, Christy Newman, Felix Delhomme

(2022), AGEING & SOCIETY, C1

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Using Journey Mapping to support staff, family members and allies of people with dementia to think and act differently during a care transition: The benefits and limits of care imagination

L Smith, L Phillipson

(2022), Vol. 21, pp. 1873-1889, Dementia, London, Eng., C1

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We're known as 'the girls' around town: support, isolation and belonging for a lesbian couple living with dementia

Lynda Henderson, Louisa Smith

(2021), pp. 135-139, Dementia and Place, Bristol, Eng., B1

book chapter

The good, the challenging and the supportive: mapping life with dementia in the community

Chris Brennan-Horley, Lyn Phillipson, Louisa Smith, Dennis Frost

(2021), pp. 160-185, Dementia and Place, Bristol, Eng., B1

book chapter

A framework for interconnected benefits of peer support for family members of people with disability

A Meltzer, L Dowse, L Smith, A Dew

(2021), Vol. 56, pp. 579-595, Australian Journal of Social Issues, C1

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Re-imagining care transitions for people with dementia and complex support needs in residential aged care: Using co-designed sensory objects and a focused ethnography to recognise micro transitions

L Smith, L Phillipson, P Knight

(2021), Ageing and Society, C1

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Thinking through participatory action research with people with late-stage dementia: research note on mistakes, creative methods and partnerships

L Smith, L Phillipson

(2021), Vol. 24, pp. 775-780, International Journal of Social Research Methodology, C1

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'To the Arabic Community Disability Is Not Normal': Multiple Stakeholder Perceptions of the Understandings of Disability among Iraqi and Syrian People from Refugee Backgrounds

Angela Dew, Caroline Lenette, Louisa Smith, Katherine Boydell, Helen Bibby, Julia Lappin, Mariano Coello, Shanti Raman, Katina Velkou, Ruth Wells, Shakeh Momartin, Hazel Blunden, Maree Higgins, Mahmoud Murad, Jasmine Barry, Yasir Mohammad

(2021), Vol. 34, pp. 2849-2870, Journal of Refugee Studies, Oxford, England, C1

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Applying body mapping to research with marginalised and vulnerable groups

Katherine Boydell, Susan Collings, Angela Dew, Kate Senior, Louisa Smith

(2020), pp. 6-17, Applying Body Mapping in Research An Arts-Based Method, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

Boy interrupted - biographical disruption during the transition to adulthood

Nikki Wedgwood, Louisa Smith, Tereza Hendl, Russell Shuttleworth

(2020), Vol. 42, pp. 20-34, Sociology of health & illness, Chichester, Eng., C1

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Exploring the intersection of human rights, health, disability and refugee status: an arts-based approach

R Wells, M Murad, M Higgins, L Smith, C Lenette, J Lappin, A Dew, K Boydell, H Bibby, M Cassaniti, D Isaacs, S Raman, K Zwi

(2020), Vol. 26, pp. 387-404, Australian Journal of Human Rights, London, Eng., C1

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Transcending the Professional-Client Divide: Supporting Young People with Complex Support Needs Through Transitions

K Ellem, L Smith, S Baidawi, A McGhee, L Dowse

(2020), Vol. 37, pp. 109-122, Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, United States, C1

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Understanding the meaning of support in the Australian disability context-an analysis of the term "support" in seven key documents

S Dreyfus, L Smith

(2020), Social Semiotics, C1

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'I don't feel like I'm in this on my own': Peer support for mothers of children with intellectual disability and challenging behaviour

A Dew, S Collings, L Dowse, A Meltzer, L Smith

(2019), Vol. 23, pp. 344-358, Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, England, C1

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Times during transition for young people with complex support needs: entangled critical moments, static liminal periods and contingent meaning making times

L Smith, L Dowse

(2019), Vol. 22, pp. 1327-1344, Journal of Youth Studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1

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A Cohesive Research Approach to Assess Care-Related Quality of Life: Lessons Learned From Adapting an Easy Read Survey With Older Service Users With Cognitive Impairment

L Phillipson, L Smith, J Caiels, A Towers, S Jenkins

(2019), Vol. 18, pp. 1-13, International Journal of Qualitative Methods, London, Eng., C1

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Services to young people with complex support needs in rural and regional Australia: Beyond a metro-centric response

K Ellem, S Baidawi, L Dowse, L Smith

(2019), Vol. 99, pp. 97-106, Children and Youth Services Review, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Complexity embodied: using body mapping to understand complex support needs

A Dew, L Smith, S Collings, I Dillon Savage

(2018), Vol. 19, Forum qualitative sozialforschung, Berlin, Germany, C1

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Intellectual disability and complex support needs: Human rights perspective for policy and practice

A Didi, L Dowse, L Smith

(2018), Vol. 22, pp. 989-1006, International Journal of Human Rights, Abingdon, Eng., C1

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Youth and masculinity in rural and regional Australia: beer, 4WDs and home

L Smith, N Wedgwood, R Shuttleworth, G Llewellyn

(2017), pp. 127-140, Disability and rurality: identity, gender and belonging, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

Workforce issues in the Australian National Disability Insurance Scheme: Complex support needs ready?

L Dowse, M Wiese, L Smith

(2016), Vol. 3, pp. 54-64, Research and Practice in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, London, Eng., C1

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An eye opening experience: a critical turning point in the life of a young woman with a severe visual impairment

N Wedgwood, L Smith, R Shuttleworth, G Llewellyn

(2013), Vol. 4, pp. 5-23, Journal of Social Inclusion, Meadowbrook, Qld., C1

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Trading in gender for women in trades: embodying hegemonic masculinity, femininity and being a gender hotrod

L Smith

(2013), Vol. 31, pp. 861-873, Construction Management and Economics, C1

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Working hard with gender: Gendered labour for women in male dominated occupations of manual trades and information technology (IT)

L Smith

(2013), Vol. 32, pp. 592-603, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, C1

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Trading gender: University spaces as a facilitator for transgressive embodiment of women in male-dominated trades

L Smith

(2012), Vol. 21, pp. 191-203, Queer Masculinities: A Critical Reader in Education, B1-1

book chapter

Mother of all constructions: mothers in male-dominated work

Louisa Smith

(2010), pp. 51-68, The Good Mother: Contemporary Motherhoods in Australia, Sydney, NSW., B1-1

book chapter

Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Co-designing Resources to Increase Access to Information and Services: Syrian and Iraqi people with disability from refugee backgrounds and service providers

Prof Angela Dew, Dr Louisa Smith, Dr Kim Robinson, Dr Joanne Watson, Hon Prof Kelley Johnson, Dr Caroline Lenette, Prof Katherine Boydell, Dr Maree Higgins

NDRP Funding Round - National Disability Research Partnership

  • 2022: $70,084
  • 2021: $46,723

Rainbow Connections: Co-designing training and engagement resources to help community visitors to make and maintain social connections with LGBT+ people with dementia

Dr Louisa Smith, Dr Lyn Phillipson, A/Prof Christy Newman

Dementia Australia Research Foundation - Project Grant

  • 2023: $30,000
  • 2022: $45,000

SAGE Dem: A model of care to improve health of sexuality and/or gender diverse people living with dementia

Dr Louisa Smith, Dr Lyn Phillipson, A/Prof Christy Newman, Prof Katherine Boydell, Prof Alison Hutchinson, A/Prof Emma Kirby, Dr Thomas Morris, Mr Robert Hardy, Dr Brooke Brady, Dr Amie O'Shea, Ms Gwenda Darling, Dr Joanne Watson, Dr Renee Fiolet, Mx Alicia Hind

MRFF (NHMRC) - Models of care for Sexuality & Gender Diverse People & People with Innate Variations of Sex Characteristics

  • 2024: $201,773

Other Public Sector Funding

CDAH Project (RM40065)

Dr Louisa Smith, Ms Sue Taylor, Dr Joanne Watson, Prof Angela Dew

Department of Social Services

  • 2024: $10,000
  • 2021: $20,000

Industry and Other Funding

Literature review service gaps for LGBTIQ + people with dementia.

Dr Louisa Smith

LGBTIQ + Health Australia

  • 2023: $20,838


No completed student supervisions to report