Elizabeth Orr BA, BSW, MA, PhD.

If we can't dance it is not our revolution - Emma Goldman

Elizabeth Orr BA, BSW, MA, PhD.

Action Research Evaluator

About Me

Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Orr is a committed Indigenous ally with a substantial action research background in the development and evaluation of strategies to improve health and prevent and respond to all forms of violence, inequality and exclusion (e.g. racism, poverty, and violence against women and girls). This is demonstrated by positions as the Evaluation Manager at the Secretariat National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) and as a Senior Project officer with the Stronger Families Learning Exchange at the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS). Her significant experience as a service provider and researcher includes: contributing to the development of feminist service models against sexual assault at West CASA and CASA House in Melbourne; leading a multi-cultural Family Violence Outreach Team at Women’s Health West in Melbourne; leading a social work and Aboriginal liaison team in Alice Springs; contributing a Masters thesis about the `Development of Services Against Sexual Violence in Victoria 1970-1990’ and a Lowitja Institute sponsored PhD thesis `Stories of Good Practice from Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Officers and Social Workers in hospitals in Victoria, which was awarded the Nancy Millis medal for a top thesis. Most recently she led Australia’s National Research Organisation for Womens Safety (ANROWS) Building Safe Communities for Women and their children and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Projects using Action Research (CALD PAR) initiatives.


-PhD 2018 Social Work & Social Policy Department, Nancy Millis Medal, La Trobe University
-Professional Certificate in Indigenous Health Research Summer School H1 Murrup Barak University of Melbourne 2012
-Certificate IV in Training and Assessment RMIT 2008
-Master of Arts Sociology La Trobe University 1997
-Bachelor of Social Work La Trobe University 1979
-Bachelor of Arts La Trobe University 1977

Search our Directory