Information for the Media
Information for the media
We connect journalists to the National President Linda Ford and AASW social workers with expertise on a wide range of social justice and social work practice topics.
AASW National President - Linda Ford
Linda Ford is an Aboriginal woman from the Bigambul people of South West Queensland but grew up on Kalkadoon land in the North West part of Queensland. Linda is currently National President and has been on the AASW Board since May 2017. Linda has 26 years’ experience as a Social Worker in rural, remote and urban settings mainly in the fields of child protection, health, mental health and tertiary education. Linda has previously presented to national and international conferences in the area of Aboriginal Health and Mental Health. In May 2021, Linda was appointed Senior Academic Lead, Allied Health at the Centre for Rural and Remote Health at James Cook University, Mount Isa. She is a past president of the Association’s North Queensland Branch, past Chair of the Association’s Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group and during the year, was a Member of the People and Culture Committee, and Finance, Audit, Compliance and Risk Committee and the Constitutional Review Committee. In January 2021, Linda was appointed as the Australia representative for the International Federation of Social Work (IFSW) Indigenous Commission.