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Dr Kate Fitt

Social Work


Kate has expertise within three clearly linked career pathways: education, social work and advocacy. Kate began her educational career as a teacher in primary schools and now educates adults to develop skills and passion for social work and welfare. Kate’s social wok roles include working with families as a case manager, project manager and advocate for people with disability in a range of community settings. Her commitment to social justice has developed throughout her 30 year history of involvement in community, state, national and international activities. 


PhD (2019) La Trobe University: Encounters with Child Welfare Discourses: Beginning practitioners working with mothers with intellectual disability.

Honours Thesis (2010) La Trobe University: Person Centred Practice: The consumers view of change management. Honours research (granted with distinction)

Teaching/coordination responsibilities

Kate has taught and coordinated a range of MSW(Q)and BSW subjects including:

  • SWSP6143 Public Policy & Civil Society (subject coordinator)
  • SWSP1043 Government, Public Policy and Civil Society (subject coordinator)
  • SWSP6003 Becoming a Social Worker – Social Policy and Practice Context (subject coordinator)
  • SWSP6323 Disability and Independence (subject coordinator)
  • SWSP3923 Disability and Social Work Practice (subject coordinator)
  • SWSP3023 Professional Practice
  • MULT1025 Professions and Society Term 1 2020

Conferences and Presentations

Fitt, K. & Forbes, S. (2018) ABCs of Advocacy, Having A Say conference, Geelong, Feb

Fitt, K. (2017) From theory to practice to practical, forum, Melbourne, Nov

Fitt, K. & Carter, B. (2017) Advocacy: Disability and Child Protection, Advocacy Sector Conversations forum series, Melbourne, May2017.

Fitt, K. (2016) What happens to parents with intellectual disability in the child protection system?” Forum, Maryborough, June

Fitt, K. (2014) Launch of Family Inclusion Network, Maryborough, July 2014.

Fitt, K. (2014) Encounters with discourse: Beginning child welfare practitioners working with mothers with intellectual disability”, Discourse, Power Resistance conference, Research and Practice: Exchange and Change, University of Greenwich, UK, April, 2014

Fitt, K. (2014) Encounters with discourse: A Foucauldian analysis”, Galway University Ireland, April

Fitt, K. & Avery, V. (2014) What to do when Child Protection knocks on your door”, Having A Say conference, Geelong, Feb

Fitt, K. (2012-2017) Encounters with discourse: Beginning child welfare practitioners working with mothers with intellectual disability”, Higher Degree Research symposiums. La Trobe

Fitt, K. (2010) Our forgotten families: Issues and challenges faced by parents with a disability in Victoria”, Disability Support Workers Conference, Melbourne, Nov

Research and scholarship

2019 Encounters with discourse: Beginning welfare practitioners working with mothers with intellectual disability. Doctoral research project, La Trobe University, Bendigo

Worked with the Rural Allied Health team to undertake an impact evaluation of the Regional Communication Service. This included undertaking research to investigate the critical features of the model of specialist communication service delivery involving direct care staff working with people with complex communication needs.

Person-Centred Practice: The consumer’s perspective. Honours research project that utilised impact evaluation of the Disability Act 2006. La Trobe University.


Our Forgotten Families. Issues and challenges faced by parents with a disability in Victoria. A qualitative analysis

Putting Principles into Action. A qualitative analysis of the Department of Human Services Disability Client Services ability to implement the principles of the policy and legislation in the North West and Metropolitan regions


Evaluation of Bendigo ACE cluster – identifying barriers to participation

2000 Study tour of the United Kingdom to examine support services for parents with a disability
1999 VicHealth Challenging Behaviours Project. Part of this project required responding systemically to the interests and views expressed by parents throughout the region. This resulted in the production of the Parent Record Folder. 
1996 As part of Golden City Support Services’ Children’s Services Project, I produced the Guide to Children's Services in the Loddon Mallee Region and report on Inter-agency Coordination and Collaboration in the Loddon Mallee Region.

Professional Affiliations and Fellowships

Family Inclusion Network (Vic): Committee member and resourceful friend.

Recipient, Dean’s Doctoral Scholarship and Teaching Fellowship, La Trobe University, July 2011.

Awarded 1st class Honours, La Trobe University, 2010.

Graduated with Distinction, Diploma of Teaching (Primary), La Trobe University, 1991.