The AASW has announced its first Life Fellow, Mr Joe Calleja, for meritorious and exceptional service to the College. For the past 17 years, Joe has advocated that the AASW support advanced practice.
Joe Calleja - Life Fellow
Joe Calleja's outstanding contribution to the AASW has been advocacy for the creation of the Australian College of Social Work, achieved after a 17 year process. He has been National Vice President on two occasions and Chair of the Implementation Group for the ACSW. In 2011 the Board appointed him the first Life Fellow of the ACSW because of his meritorious and outstanding service to the College.
As a past WA Branch President, Joe has been active in the WA community and community sector through social work education (on statutory practice); in social policy and administration (on peak bodies, national and state) and in grassroots NGOs. As Principal Social Worker, Family and Children Services in the WA statutory child protection service, he supported the development of frameworks for good practice and professional development.
Joe has been described by colleagues as 'a driver of change and innovation in every workplace in which he has been employed'. He is currently CEO of the Richmond Fellowship of WA. He holds a Bachelor of Social Work and Bachelor of Arts (University of WA) and Graduate Diploma in Public Policy (Murdoch University).