Section: Overview
Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching
Career

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Disability and mental health
  • Diversity and inclusive teaching practices
  • Social work
  • Qualitative research methodologies

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

About Annie Venville

Associate Professor Annie Venville is Head of Social Work at Victoria University. She is an experienced social work practitioner, academic, educator and researcher. Prior to her first continuing academic appointment in 2008 (La Trobe University) Annie had extensive social work experience in the government, non-government, health, and education sectors. Her commitment to equity, structural change and social justice underpin her approach to teaching and research.

Collaboration and partnership are hallmarks of Annie's work. She has secured approximately $230,000 in external funding from government and industry groups such as the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER); Department of Health, Victoria; Gateway Community Health; National Association of Field Education Administrators and St Vincent’s Health Network, Sydney. Funding has related to projects investigating clinical governance, the creation of inclusive educational environments and inter-professional practice.

Annie's two NCVER-funded research projects 'Supporting tertiary students with disabilities: Individualised and institution-level approaches in practice' and 'Unfinished business: student perspectives on disclosure of mental illness and success in VET' have attracted substantial interest as evidenced by invitations to address disability practitioners, educators and policy makers. Since 2010 Annie has presented at 10 national and international conferences, published 16 peer reviewed papers and two commissioned research reports.

Annie joined Victoria University in 2018 whereupon she was awarded a research fellowship with the Institute of Health and Sport, one of two Flagship Research Institutes in Victoria University. Annie has substantial expertise in qualitative research methods with much of her research focused on hearing the voices of those underrepresented in the research literature. She has a proven track record in conducting applied and qualitative research in wide ranging settings and disseminating results in a timely manner.

Qualifications

  • PhD, La Trobe University, Australia, 2014
  • Grad.Dip.Hlth.Res., La Trobe University, Australia, 2009
  • Grad.Dip. Teach P-12., La Trobe University, Australia, 2003
  • M. Rehab. Counselling, University of Sydney, Australia, 1998
  • BSW, University of Melbourne Australia 1980

Key publications

Year Citation
2019 Franklin, M., Lewis, S., Willis, K., Rogers, A., Venville, A., & Smith, L. (190701). Goals for living with a chronic condition: The relevance of temporalities, dispositions, and resources. Social Science and Medicine, 233 (13-20).

doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2019.05.031

2019 Franklin, M., Lewis, S., Willis, K., Rogers, A., Venville, A., & Smith, L. (190301). Controlled, Constrained, or Flexible? How Self-Management Goals Are Shaped By Patient-Provider Interactions. Qualitative Health Research, 29(4), (557-567).

doi: 10.1177/1049732318774324

2018 Cleak, H., & Venville, A. (180102). Testing Satisfaction with a Group-based Social Work Field Liaison Model: A Controlled Mixed Methods Study. Australian Social Work, 71(1), (32-45).

doi: 10.1080/0312407X.2017.1398263

2018 Serry, T., Oates, J., Ennals, P., Venville, A., Williams, A., Fossey, E., & Steel, G. (180102). Managing reading and related literacy difficulties: University students perspectives. Australian Journal of Learning Difficulties, 23(1), (5-30).

doi: 10.1080/19404158.2017.1341422

2018 Venville, A., Lynch, B., & Santhanam, E. (180101). A systematic approach to the evaluation of the student experience in work-integrated learning. International Journal of Work-Integrated Learning, 19(1), (13-21).
2017 Fossey, E., Chaffey, L., Venville, A., Ennals, P., Douglas, J., & Bigby, C. (170803). Navigating the complexity of disability support in tertiary education: perspectives of students and disability service staff. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 21(8), (822-832).

doi: 10.1080/13603116.2017.1278798

2017 Whiteside, M., Bould, E., Tsey, K., Venville, A., Cadet-James, Y., & Morris, M. E. (170703). Promoting Twenty-first-century Student Competencies: A Wellbeing Approach. Australian Social Work, 70(3), (324-336).

doi: 10.1080/0312407X.2016.1263351

2017 Venville, A., Cleak, H., & Bould, E. (170403). Exploring the Potential of a Collaborative Web-based E-portfolio in Social Work Field Education. Australian Social Work, 70(2), (185-196).

doi: 10.1080/0312407X.2017.1278735

2017 Fossey, E., Bigby, C., Chaffey, L., Mealings, M., Williams, A., Serry, T., Venville, A., Oates, J., & Ennals, P. (170101). Supporting students with mental health issues and acquired brain injury: University teaching staff perspectives. Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Student Services Association, 2017(49), (15-25).
2016 Venville, A., Mealings, M., Ennals, P., Oates, J., Fossey, E., Douglas, J., & Bigby, C. (161101). Supporting Students with Invisible Disabilities: A Scoping Review of Postsecondary Education for Students with Mental Illness or an Acquired Brain Injury. International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, 63(6), (571-592).

doi: 10.1080/1034912X.2016.1153050

Research funding for the past 5 years

Please note:

  • Funding is ordered by the year the project commenced and may continue over several years.
  • Funding amounts for contact research are not disclosed to maintain commercial confidentiality.
  • The order of investigators is not indicative of the role they played in the research project.

The Brimbank Community Register: An Exploration of Impact and Potential
From: Brimbank City Council
Investigators: Dr Wendy Rollins
For period: 2019-2019
Not disclosed

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

Other supervision of research students

Annie Venville currently mentors and supervises one PhD student (La Trobe University) who is on track for timely completion in 2019. This PhD student is exploring a socially situated understanding of self-management support for people living with a chronic condition. This research examines how interactions between people with chronic conditions and their health professionals shape goals for self-management. 

Teaching activities & experience

Annie is Course Chair and Head of Social Work at Victoria University. In this role she is responsible for the academic quality and integrity of the Bachelor of Social Work program. In addition to providing academic leadership and course oversight, Annie is currently Unit Coordinator for ASW3103 Social Work Practice: Legal Context. This unit introduces students to the complex intersection of social work practice and the law. In her first year at VU Annie coordinated and taught ASW3101 Skills for Social Work Direct Practice.

Prior to joining Victoria University Annie held a senior position in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Australian Catholic University (Melbourne). Although teaching was not a requirement of her role she co-taught HLSC120 Society, Culture and Health in Rome in January 2016, and was lecturer in charge of an online postgraduate unit HSLC609 Facilitating Learning in Clinical Settings.

During her time with La Trobe University Annie developed curriculum, lectured, tutored and led teams of teachers (support tutors and associated staff) in 14 subjects across all year levels. The major focus of her undergraduate teaching practice was in three major areas: clinical and professional education (SWP5PPA, SWP5PPB, SWP5PPC and SWP5PPD); advanced casework and skills practice (SWP5APC); and mental health (SWP4FPA and SWP5FPC). Annie was also the cross-campus subject coordinator for all four professional practice education subjects; the Melbourne instance co-ordinator for SWP5APC; and lecturer in the remaining two other subjects.

Annie's commitment to flexible and innovative blended-learning activities and authentic assessments is a feature of all of her subjects.

Key academic roles

Dates Role Department / Organisation
Jun 2015 - Jan 2018
Academic Coordinator Professional Practice and Community Engagement
Australian Catholic University Melbourne Australia
Jan 2011 - Jun 2015
Lecturer and Director of Social Work Field Education
La Trobe University Melbourne Australia
Aug 2008 - Jan 2011
Lecturer in Social Work Education
La Trobe University Albury-Wodonga/Melbourne Australia
Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Jun 2015 -
Jan 2018
Academic Coordinator Professional Practice and Community Engagement
Australian Catholic University Melbourne Australia
Jan 2011 -
Jun 2015
Lecturer and Director of Social Work Field Education
La Trobe University Melbourne Australia
Aug 2008 -
Jan 2011
Lecturer in Social Work Education
La Trobe University Albury-Wodonga/Melbourne Australia

Key industry, community & government roles

Dates Role Department/Organisation
Feb 2017 - Nov 2017
Member of the National Program Committee for the AASW 2017 National Symposium
Australian Association of Social Workers
Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Feb 2017 - Nov 2017
Member of the National Program Committee for the AASW 2017 National Symposium
Australian Association of Social Workers

Awards

Year Award
2017

Vice Chancellor Innovation Excellence Award - Australian Catholic University

Professional memberships

  • Member, Australian Association of Social Workers
  • Member of Council, Australian Council of Heads of School of Social Work