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The AASW election: policy, character, and ethics as a political weapon

I had hoped that this election would be fought on policy, leadership and vision, rather than casting aspersions on the character and competence of myself and other candidates. Back in 2010 I was one of the National Vice Presidents of … Continue reading

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Your guide on how to vote members first

I have posted a short video on Facebook to help intending voters to sort the substantial policies from the motherhood statements and the cliches. https://www.facebook.com/Membersfirst-for-AASW-2017-452777425105237/posts_to_page/ and this is our how to vote guide.  

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Lynne Harrold: AASW election statement

Australian social work is teetering on a precarious tsunami of systemic change. We can choose to ride the crest of change, invigorating our profession as we do so, or get dumped and swamped in a sea of passivity. We have … Continue reading

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Some KPI’s for the AASW: Improving member engagement

The value of membership is engagement in member networks. If the AASW were to hold itself to a third party social responsibility standard, the most relevant would probably be ISO 26000:2010, Guidance on Social Responsibility. “Some stakeholders are an integral … Continue reading

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Aged Care: opportunities for social work to make a difference

Building an Integrated Practice in the Private Sector By Lynne Harrold The community aged care sector for older adults is growing exponentially and will continue to do so as our population ages. The facts are there and the projections are … Continue reading

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Why aren’t more social work students joining the AASW?

 This year there are approximately 14,500 students enrolled in social work across Australia; a staggering number! (the entire membership of the AASW is only 10,000). In 2017 we can expect around 1,200 graduates from qualifying masters programs, and 1,700 from … Continue reading

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Walking into a room of social workers always raises my spirits

Walking into a room of social workers always raises my spirits. It could be a seminar, a supervision group, or a lunch; it doesn’t matter, I feel at home. I know I’m with a group of people who aim to … Continue reading

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The NDIS: ethics, dignity and choice: some dilemmas for social workers

Let me frame this piece by stating unequivocally that the NDIS is a genuine capacity building initiative and a great social good. Its current target is to improve the lives of 460,000 Australians with individual funding packages, to help them … Continue reading

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Waiting for a paradigm shift: How the AASW and universities could do more for social work students

As a major employer of social workers, I have spoken to countless new graduates and  students on placement. Sadly, I have heard too many stories of placements gone wrong. Even worse, some students have told me that they set aside … Continue reading

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Members first: Why I’ll be standing for National President of the AASW this year

For the last few years the story of the AASW has been one of underachievement. When I ask many of my fellow members whether they feel they are getting value for their membership dollar, the resounding answer is “no”. To … Continue reading

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