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AASW election 2017: reflections on our voting system and the challenges ahead

Another AASW election has come and gone. Most of the membership barely noticed. 8,917 members were eligible to vote, but only 1,608 did so; a bare 18%, and only a small improvement on last year. Of the remaining 7,309 members, … Continue reading

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A personal reflection on the 2017 election and beyond

I am exhausted, and glad the election is just about over. All that is left is to ask people to take the time to go to the post office. As is my habit of past years, I have taken down … 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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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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Social workers in private practice: Why the AASW should be doing more for them

The world of work has changed significantly in the last 25 years. Permanent employment is declining and casual and part time work are on the rise. Outsourcing is fashionable, and markets (we are told) can deliver whatever we need. Trade … Continue reading

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Can a corporation be socially responsible: some ethical and moral challenges for the AASW

The use of the word “corporation” in the same sentence as “social responsibility” usually conjures up cartoon-like images of global pharmaceutical firms or telecommunication giants being caught behaving immorally. But even small non- profit professional associations are not immune to … Continue reading

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Rethinking Values & Ethics in Social Work : a book review

Social workers who wish to explore the ethical dilemmas in achieving universal human rights would do well to watch the 2012 Steven Spielberg film, Lincoln. With the American Civil War winding to a close in 1865, President Lincoln, fearful that … Continue reading

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Measuring the value of AASW membership: a story of hidden potential

The real value of membership organisations is not in the knowledge they hold, but in the relationships they nurture. Cast your mind back to Australian social work in the 1950’s; specifically to the emerging group of hospital almoners in Sydney, … Continue reading

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