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Podcast episode 14: ‘open dialogue’- a potential revolution in mental health care? an interview with Professor Niels Buus

There is growing  dissatisfaction with the care provided by state run mental heath services across the western world. This forms part of the context  for my conversation with Niels Buus,  the Professor of Mental Health Nursing at the Sydney Nursing … Continue reading

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Podcast episode 13: Can Facebook be a vehicle for democracy and social justice? An interview with social worker, Beni McKenzie

This episode is a conversation with Beni Mackenzie one of the founders of the Australian Social Work Changemakers Facebook page. The page was born of conversations amongst some social workers attending the 2013 AASW National Symposium. The purpose of the … Continue reading

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My AASW election statement: vote to put members first!

Background and Experience I have 40 years of experience in the health sector, and in private practice, counselling individuals and families. I am currently a social work leader in NSW Health, with management, teaching, training and research responsibilities. I have … Continue reading

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Podcast episode 12: crisis – what crisis?… an interview with social work academic Shirley Ledger on the place of field education in social work

Shirley Ledger started her working life as an enrolled nurse in a small hospital in rural Queensland. Realising that nursing was not for her she became involved in youth work and domestic violence services. Years later ironically, she found herself … Continue reading

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Podcast episode 11: adventures in private practice – an interview with Suzanne Doorakkers-Sprague

This episode is a conversation with Suzanne Doorakkers Sprague, a social worker with a large and thriving private practice in Geelong, where she employs 8 staff in several locations. Her road to social work was a long one- coming via … Continue reading

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Podcast episode 10: working with LGBTIQ communities- an interview with social worker TL Tran

In this episode I interview social worker TL  Tran. She works in the area of LGBTIQ health. This is a very personal conversation to which TL brings a lot of humour and grace. To escape persecution, TL’s family fled South … Continue reading

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Podcast episode 9: What’s wrong with child protection policy and practice? an interview with social worker, Tony Tonkin, founder of the Child Protection Party

Tony Tonkin is the founder of the Child Protection Party in South Australia.  the Party is about to go national. We talk about the party and its purpose- but this is also a deeply personal interview. Tony came to social … Continue reading

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Corporate logic trumps democracy: the AASW poised to remove the right of members to elect the National President

The AASW has released a discussion paper proposing changes it would like to see agreed to at the next AGM in November. (You will have had an email about it- and you had until June 29th to comment.) In relation … Continue reading

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Podcast episode 8: hospital social work in Sydney and New York- an interview with hospital social work manager, Bobbi Henao Urrego

Some of the deepest roots of social work in Australia are grounded in the traditions of the hospital almoner; a tradition personified by Bobbi Henao Urrego, who the manages the social work service in a large western Sydney hospital. My … Continue reading

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Podcast episode 7: counselling and psychotherapy with older people in care- an interview with social worker, Felicity Chapman

This podcast features an interview with social worker Felicity Chapman. Felicity combines a private practice of counselling, training and consulting as well as being a sessional lecturer and tutor at the University of Adelaide, in their Graduate Program of Counselling … Continue reading

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