Dr Louise Oliaro

Senior  Lecturer / Course coordinator Bachelor of Human Services


Telephone: +61 3 9903 4225
Facsimile: +61 3 9903 1141


Dr Louise  Oliaro (PhD), comes to the Department with a background in child protection,  having worked across a range of programs, including being the first court  support worker in Victoria and a member of the first SIPW team. She has worked  as a registered mental health practitioner with both adults and children, as  well as running a social work recruitment company. Louise was originally  employed at Monash as a member of the fieldwork team, then moved on to teach in  a range of units, including human development, group work and the skill based  units. After 8 years with the Department Louise left to undertake a Grad Dip in  Education as a way of gaining further insight into the educational system.  She has worked within primary schools for the  past 6 years both as a teacher and a supervisor of social work students.  She is currently undertaking a range of  school based research projects including: the evaluation of cognitive based  programs within primary schools, exploring the use of social work services  within the Australian school setting and the experiences of International  students undertaking Australian based tertiary studies. Her PhD established as  an expert in this field with a focus on educational standards in the delivery  of social work courses. Over the years this interest and focus has expanded to  include the use of social work in educational settings. This focus has allowed  Louise to develop expertise in her two key passions, youth and education.
Research  interests: practice-based research, program evaluations, school based  interventions, student well-being, youth work, and youth mental health.


  • SWK4031 – Working with  Complexity
  • SWK3440 - Leadership in Social  work and Human Services
  • SWM5111 - Leadership in Social  work and Human Services
  • SWM5106 – Critical Social work  3: Leadership and group project
  • Supervision of school based  social work students across a range of primary schools and NGO’s
  • Field liaisons for students on  school based placements


  • Coordinator, Bachelor of Human  Services
  • Affiliate Member - MCSHE
  • Member, Department of Social  Work Teaching and Learning Committee
  • Member, Department of Social  Work Course Advisory Board
  • Member, Health Sciences Course  Advisory Board
  • Member, Faculty Medicine  Nursing and Health Sciences Teaching and Learning Committee

Louise Oliaro Research: Monash University Research