Concurrent Session: Neurodiversity In Contemporary Australia: Exploring Neurodivergent Identity And Human Rights
Presenting In Person
Ms Nina-Rae Smith (she/her) is a PhD candidate from Griffith University, a Social Sciences academic, and a qualified Social Work practitioner (MSW) based in Queensland, Australia. Ms Smith identifies as a late-diagnosed Autistic adult, and her practice approach is Neuro-affirming.
Nina discovered her passion for work in the social sciences space through her creative practice in the community arts sector during her early twenties whilst working collaboratively with community development workers in the local region (Meeanjin Country). Over the past ten years, Nina has worked extensively with marginalised socio-demographic groups, young people, children, and families in her local community and abroad. Ms Smith has engaged in diverse fields of practice aligning with the social work discipline during her career to date, working in alternative learning settings as a program facilitator and continuing her professional practice in case management and allied health worker roles in the disability sector.
Nina is currently a practicing Social Sciences academic, working at the University of Southern Queensland as a Course Coordinator in the School of Psychology and Wellbeing while completing her Doctor of Philosophy (Scholarship) program at Griffith University. Nina’s PhD research project explores ‘Neurodiversity in Contemporary Australia – Neurodivergent Identity and Human Rights’.