Category Archives: AASW Policy and Strategy

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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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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AASW announces a record profit: an analysis of the financial statement and some strategic implications

Record Profit I took a look at the AASW financial statements for the past few years to bring you a summary of some of the salient features. (Note that references to a particular year mean financial year. For example 2016 … Continue reading

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