Teaching and Research Staff

Dr Sabine Wardle

Lecturer in Social Work
Wagga Wagga
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Sabine is a lecturer in Social Work at Charles Sturt University. She began work in the field of aged care in 2005 and later practiced in areas of grief and loss, community development, rehabilitation, and vocational education and training. Sabine grew up in India knowing various cultures and religions. She has maintained an interest in spiritual and religious aspects of the culturally and linguistically diverse population within an Australian context, particularly on palliative and end of life care. Sabine has an extensive vocational educational and training goals setting and social work field practice coordination experience across several education institutes in Australia. Sabine's PhD thesis concerned lived experiences of a culturally and linguistically diverse population group ( the Punjabi Indians) with palliative care services at residential aged care facilities in regional NSW.


Sabine teaches a range of subjects in Social Work. She has an interdisciplinary focus on subject development and delivery. She currently teaches:

  • HCS204-Research Methods
  • HCS103-Fields or Practice
  • SWK423 - Ethics and Social Work Practice
  • WEL418-Case Management
  • WEL409 – Grief, Loss and Change

Sabine has extensive experience coordinating various field education subjects (HCS402, HCS506, and SWK424) for social work.
Sabine also supervises Honours, Masters and PhD students in social work and human services.

Research interests

Palliative Care/End-of-life
Ageing and Spirituality
Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities/groups
Social Work Field Education
Social Work and Libraries
Ecological Social work

Current research projects

1.The lived experience of COVID-19: Voice of older adults in regional Australia
2.Delivering a sustainable palliative care service through the application of a decision support tool

Recent Publications

Wardle, S., & Bennett, C. (2020). Spiritual inclusiveness at end-of-life for Punjabi Indians: Experience with Regional Residential Aged Care Facilities. Journal Of Religion, Spirituality & Aging, 1-17. https://doi.org/10.1080/15528030.2020.1843589

Garner, J., Mitchell, L., Bell, K., Lockwood, A., & Wardle, S. (2020). Social work in Australian public libraries: An interdisciplinary approach to social justice. Public Library Quarterly, 1-17. https://doi.org/10.1080/01616846.2020.1825917

Wardle, S., & Mungai, N.(2018). Emerging Ageing and Age-related issues Amongst Migrant Population in Regional Australia. In M. Pawar, W. Bowles & K. Bell, Social Work:Innovations And Insights (1st ed., pp. 257-270). Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing Pty Ltd.

Crawford,F., Agustine,S., Earle,L., Kuyini,A., Luxford,Y. , Babacan,H. (2015) Environmental Sustainability and Social Work: A rural Australian evaluation of incorporating eco-social work in field education.

Turner, L., Kuyini, A., Agustine, S. and Hunter, S. (2015). Social Work Student Views on Palliative Care Learning Resources. Australian Social Work, 68(2), pp.259-270.

Gillan, P., Agustine, S., Sanderson, H. and Turner, L. (2013). Palliative Care Simulation: Nurturing Inter-professional Collegiality. Health and Inter-professional Practice, 2(1).

Seminars/Conference presentations

14th National Conference of Emerging Researchers in Ageing, Melbourne, December 2015

Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development, Melbourne July 2014

Palliative Care Education Initiative , PCC4U seminar, Sydney, May 2014

9th Global Conference: Making Sense Of: Dying and Death, Salzburg, Austria, 2012

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