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AASW TAS Green Social Work - Promoting sustainable ways of living and practising as social workers

Event Details
Date: 22 September 2017
Time: Registration: 9.00am-9.30am Program: 9.30am-3.30pm
Venue: Campbell Town, TAS
State: TAS
CPD hrs: 6 hrs

Registration closes 18 September 2017
Members - $100.00
Non Members - $135.00
Student/Retired Members - $60.00
Student Non Members - $75.00

Members - Please log on to the website prior to registering to access member rates
Organiser: AASW TAS
Further information

Tas Branch Office
t: (03) 6224 5833

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  • Are you interested in community and environmental sustainability?
  • Are you wanting to explore ways to integrate your interest into your professional practice

Annual Statewide Continuing Professional Development and Networking Event - Friday 22 September 2017

The Tasmanian Branch invites all Tasmanian social workers and social work students to attend our flagship professional development event of 2017.

Learn about

  • the effects of climate change on marginalised people
  • environmental social work practices and responses to affected communities
  • Australian research and experience from communities at risk of extreme weather events
  • promoting sustainable community, environmental and food security development via community garden projects
  • building economically sustainable and inclusive communities
  • how the arts can be utilised to connect people to their environment and be a vehicle for change

Join Tas Branch and five guest presenters in Campbell Town in September to be part of this topical conversation!


The Tasmanian Branch is delighted to announce our keynote speaker for 2017 is

  • Dr Jennifer Boddy School of Human Services and Social Work, Griffith University

Dr Jennifer Boddy is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at Griffith University, Queensland, Australia and Program Director for the Master of Social Work (Qualifying). She is also on the executive committee for the Australian and New Zealand Social Work, Welfare, Education and Research (ANZSWWER) Association. Jennifer is passionate about creating healthy, sustainable environments for all people and particularly those who are marginalised and disadvantaged. Much of Jennifer’s scholarship is focused around community development, environmental social work, and feminism. Coupled with her practice experience as a counsellor with NSW Health and as a therapeutic caseworker with Centacare Children’s Services, she has in indepth understanding of the complexities of people’s environments on their health and wellbeing. Jennifer is particularly interested in in understanding and addressing the impacts of climate change and disasters on disadvantaged populations.

Keynote presentation

Keeping cool when the heat is on: Examining climate change effects and social work responses

The extent of global environmental degradation and extreme climate changes have brought about new challenges to practice in the health, social and human services. As the interrelated nature of human health and wellbeing and that of the natural environment becomes increasingly apparent, practitioners are often confronted with the adverse effects of climate change, but may have little idea about how they can adequately respond.

Based on a series of studies around the effects of climate change on marginalised people and the examination of environmental social work practices, this presentation looks at:

  • what is happening to the climate
  • why we should care
  • strategies for mitigating and adapting to it.

World Cafe Facilitators

  • Jodi Haines, Associate lecturer in the murina program Riawunna UTAS, Singer/songwriter
  • Fiona Jennings, Social worker, RMIT PhD candidate, Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre student researcher, interest in natural hazards & disaster; rural communities, capabilities & capacity
  • Mary Rummery, Tasmanian community social worker, Ravenswood Community House, interest in food sustainability and literacy projects
  • Megan Smith, Tasmanian social worker, interest in economic inclusion and ecological sustainability

World Cafe Program

Jodi Haines

Aboriginal knowledge and the Arts - drivers for change in Green social work practice

Jodi will showcase the “save the takayna” campaign as an example of how this interacts with Green Social Work.

  • explore how Aboriginal people through dispossession have been subjected to social work cultural bias
  • reframe the social work lens by recognising Aboriginal knowledges
  • learn how ongoing and powerful connection to nature takes away bias and facilitates empowerment and better outcomes for our planet!
  • How can the arts be a driver in Green social work practice?

Fiona Jennings

Navigating a Bushfire Disaster: A Community’s Experience

Participants will learn about grounded theory, rural communities and bushfire disaster by examining a Tasmanian bushfire disaster case study.

Fiona’s research communicates rich insights into a community’s experience of a bushfire disaster. The study setting is the 2013 Forcett Tasmania bushfire disaster. The presentation will illustrate the research design and findings. Grounded theory offered a practical method to gain fresh insights into people’s lived experience. A feature of grounded theory is that it studies process, the ‘what’ and ‘how’ questions that often give reason or answer to the ‘why’ questions. Participants’ views and voices are fundamental and represented throughout the analysis. This research demonstrates people actively involved in their own, and their community’s journey through a bushfire event. Interpreting and managing their context in a manner that was helpful and familiar to them.

Mary Rummery

To fence or not to fence? How might a physical barrier (fence) impact upon efforts to promote sustainable community, environmental and food security development for the people of a community involved in community garden projects?

Participants will consider key issues of engagement, power, control, accessibility, and how community leaders and community development workers need to think strategically around changing systems, culture, and hearts and minds on the ground in community garden projects.


  • Social and economic sustainability, dignity and worth of peoples, community and environmental sustainability and the importance of human relationships as being the main tenets of working alongside the community in a community and backyard garden project.
  • The Ravenswood experience of backyard and community gardening as a means to increase the accessibility of fresh affordable produce. This will include our experience of not fencing the community garden space so that community has 24/7 access and what this has meant over time.
  • Community culture and language, especially the use of the word ‘healthy’ when we talk about areas designated as food deserts – what does this mean, what impact does it have on the success of projects? Are we mindful of the language we use in order to minimise barriers for people? Is what we do sometimes underpinned by well-intentioned, middle class attitudes and values that may not be relevant to the community?
  • The use of pesticides and ways to bring about change in community culture that builds environmental sustainability.

Megan Smith

Designing Economically Sustainable and Socially Inclusive Communities

As a Social Worker, I have recently jumped into Economics and Regional Development realms. I will bring an ecological systems theory and social justice principles to broad discussions of economic development and social inclusion. My Masters research is focused on one possible method communities might use to pursue endogenous solutions that empower their local economy. From what communities view as assets, to the democratization of power production, there are many ways local communities can seek to impact on developing their own economies in ways which not only promote economic diversification, but also are environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive. National discussions focus on economic challenges as if neoclassical solutions are the only option, but many other types of community are apparent.

Humanity is facing complex challenges, and Social Work has a part to play in ensuring that solutions are socially just, not just for current generations, but also for future generations who will be saddled with the outcomes of our life style decisions in the millennia to follow.

Event Details

Date: Friday 22 September 2017


9.00am 9.30am Arrival/registration/tea & coffee
9.30am Program start
3.30pm Program concludes

Venue: The Grange Meeting & Function Centre, 4A Commonwealth Ln, Campbell Town Map


Registrations open now! Please register online here.

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  • Student non-members - Please register by selecting the Special pricing option to access the student non-member rate (limited discounted places).
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Contact the Branch Office or 03 6224 5833 (Tues/Thurs/Fri 9.30am-5.30pm) for all registration enquiries.

The Tasmanian Branch aims to support Tasmanian social workers and social work students by offering continuing professional development and learning opportunities in a supportive inclusive group environment.

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