Dr Jennifer

Dr Jennifer Lehmann

Senior Lecturer

College of Science, Health and Engineering

La Trobe Rural Health School

Department of Community and Allied Health

Room 1.10 Health Sciences Building, La Trobe University, Edwards Road, Bendigo


B.A/Dip.Soc.Stud. (Melb); MSocSci; PhD (RMIT); Grad.Dip. Enviro. Health (LTU)



Membership of professional associations

Australian Association of Authors; Victorian Writer’s Centre

Area of study

Social Work

Brief profile

Jennifer has come to teaching in Social Work after a diverse career, but with a core focus on child, youth and family services in both South Australia and Victoria. Since 1978 she has been living and working in rural and regional areas, and has undertaken a variety of roles in direct practice and in management in both government and non-government sectors, together with private consultancy practice. Though her PhD studies were associated with change management, her interests are currently in the areas of narrative research, the connections between social work and environmental issues and social pedagogy. Jennifer has worked as a consultant, is a published author in both academic and literary fields, and is currently Co-Editor of the Children Australia Journal. She has addressed such diverse activities as hoarding and domestic squalor and the role of community arts for people with disability, and continues to maintain research interests with organisations delivering a range of child, family and welfare services. Jennifer is, at present, Postgraduate Coordinator for Social Work on Bendigo Campus.

Teaching units

SWP2LCD Life course Development

SWP5APC Social Work Applications C

SWP5PDE Program Design and Development

SWP5RSB Research for Social Work B


Recent publications

Lehmann, J., & Vicary, D. (2015). Out-of-Home Care – Where to Next?. Children Australia, 40(4), 290-297. doi: 10.1017/cha.2015.53.

Lehmann, J. (2015). Reflections on out-of-home care. Children Australia, 40(4), 280-285. doi: 10.1017/cha.2015.42.

Mendis, K., Gardner, F., & Lehmann, J. (2014). The Education of Children in Out-of-home Care, Australian Social Work (Online), doi: 10.1080/0312407X.2014.963134

Sanders, R., Lehmann, J., & Gardner, F. (2014). Parents’ experiences of early parenthood—preliminary findings. Children Australia. 39(3), 185-194.

Hickson, H., & Lehmann, J. (2014). Exploring Social Workers' Experiences of Working with Bushfire-affected Families, Australian Social Work. Australian Social Work, 67(2), 256-273. doi: 10.1080/0312407X.2013.832788

Lehmann, J. (2013). Lives beyond the pale: The children of parents who hoard. Developing Practice, 37, 3-9.

Lehmann, J., Nancarrow, J., & Molloy, K. (2012).  Toolkit for Working with People who Hoard. Bendigo, Victoria: The Sophics.

Lehmann, J. (2011). Scoping hoarding: A preliminary study. Bendigo, Vic: La Trobe University.

Baker, S. & Lehmann, J. (2009). Developing Social Work Practice in a ‘Peak Oil’ Scenario with Forward by Dr. Jennifer Lehmann, Developing Practice, November.

Pascal, J., Endacott, R., & Lehmann, J. (2009). For the time being: Understanding the temporality of cancer survival. Austral - Asian Journal of Cancer, 8(3), 143-151.

Lehmann, J. (2008). 2008 Living the Arts. Bendigo: CreateAbility Events Network/Golden City Support Services Inc.

Lehmann, J. (2008). Slow to Respond Human Services and Climate Change. Developing Practice, 21 (Winter), 7-12.

Lehmann, J. (2008). Teaching professional health care practice: considering the elements of emotions and artistry. Australian Health Review, 32(1), 127-133.

Lehmann, J. (2006) ‘Telling Stories … and the Pursuit of Critical Reflection’ in Critical Reflection in Health and Social Care, eds, S. White, J. Fook & F. Gardner, Open University Press, UK.

Lehmann, J. (2005) ‘Human Services Management in Rural Context,’ in British Journal of Social Work, Vol. 35, No. 3, pp. 355-371.

Gardner, F., Lehmann, J., Brooks, M., & Brown, G. (2005). Noticing Change: Developing Strength Focused Tools in a Mental Health Service. Australian Social Work, 58(1).

Killeen, D. with Lehmann, J. (2004). Non-custodial fathers and their support needs. Children Australia. 29(4).

Lehmann, J. (2004). Training. Children Australia, 29(1).

Lehmann, J. (2004). Costing the taxpayer. Children Australia, 29(1).

Lehmann, J. (2003). Practice – based stories: Tools for teaching andlLearning. Children Australia, 28(1), 29-33.

Lehmann, J. (2003). The Harveys and other Stories: Invitations to curiosity. Bendigo Australia: St Luke’s Innovative Resources.

Lehmann, J. (2003). Rural managers: Multiple roles and Identities in a cascading change context . In L. Briskman & M. Muetzelfeldt (Eds.), Moving Beyond Managerialism In Human Services, Melbourne: RMIT Publishing.

Lehmann, J. (2001) ‘Beyond the Story Telling/Inside the Telling’ (Chapter 3) in Boucher, C. & Holian, R. Eds.  Emerging Forms of Representing Qualitative Data. Qualitative Research Methods Series, RMIT, Melbourne. (Awarded RMIT Publications Award)

Lehmann, J. (2001) ‘Multiple roles of rural human service managers in a cascading change context', RMIT Business Working Paper Series, WP 2001/3, February, 2001.

Gardner, F. & Lehmann, J. (2000) Evaluation Report: Regional Pilot Project. Prepared for Arthritis Victoria Rural Access Project. School of Health and Human Sciences. La Trobe University, Bendigo Campus.

Boucher, Cooney, Dimitriadis, Hiley, Lehmann & Lippi. (1999) ‘Researching One’s Own Experience: Stories of Rigorous Research and Personal Agendas’ Conference Paper presented at Issues of Rigour on Qualitative Research, Association for Qualitative Research Conference, Melbourne, July 1999

Lehmann, J. (1998) ‘Getting Out . . .  and Getting Back’: Developing a Community Transport Program for South West Victoria. Shire of Moyne. Port Fairy. Victoria

Older publications




Research projects

PhD research project topics have included: Critical Reflection; Women Care Leavers with University Degrees, Social Work and Professional Identity, Parenting and Parenting Resources, Narratives and Paramedicine