SingleMum.com.au Expert Opinion Panel
Dr. Elspeth McInnes AM, Researcher Sociologist &
family violence, child abuse and child protection expert
Dr. Elspeth McINNES AM is a researcher sociologist in the School of Education at the University of South Australia with expertise in areas of family violence, child abuse and child protection. Her research has focused on family separation and divorce, and the policies, practices and institutions which respond to families, particularly those where family violence is an issue. She has been a member of a number of Federal Taskforces on diverse issues including the income support system, child support policy and health checks for pre-school children.
Elspeth has a long history of advocacy for low income families and single mothers through the National Council of Single Mothers and their Children (NCSMC), the Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS) and Women Everywhere Advocating Violence Elimination (WEAVE ). In 2006 Elspeth was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for her work on behalf of single mothers.