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 turn this around we need policies that put members first. That includes,
- Meaningful engagement with fellow members and a real say in policy development. We must make it easy for members to connect with each other. We need an AASW social media app for our phones and tablets.
- Transparency and accountability on how members fees are spent
- Better support of our private practitioners
- The development of more specialties and pathways to advanced practice
- A coherent national framework for CPD
- A mentoring scheme for new graduates
- Targeted marketing of our profession to government an employers
- Stronger and more collaborative relationships with higher education
Leading up to the AASW election this September, the #membersfirst team (including Lynne Harrold and David Gould) will be elaborating and promoting these policies.
This is a pivotal year in the life of the social work profession, and there will be a big voter turnout.
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