AASW WA invites you to a breakfast event to celebrate World Social Work Day. Hosted by the Eco-Social Work Practice Group, the event will feature a panel of presenters who will explore the place of social work in promoting community and environmental sustainability. Elder, Aunty Doolan Leisha Eatts, will welcome participants to Country.
Key questions for the Panel
- Why is ecological justice important?
- What can social work contribute to ecological social justice?
Glenda Kickett, Whardjuk and Ballardong Nyungah woman who has cultural and traditional ties to Perth and the wheatbelt in the South West of Western Australia, she is a social worker and lecturer.
Dr Judy Fisher, Ethical, Independent Ecologist, Judy has worked in Western Australia for the past 25 years on diverse biodiversity projects including education, research, fire, invasive species, strategy development, behaviour change and human well being, in different ecosystem types including coastal, wetland, rivers, woodland and tropical culturally significant Monsoon Vine Thickets.
Patricia (Paddi) Creevey OAM, was the Mayor of Mandurah from 2005 - 2013, and has served in Local Government for over 17 years. Paddi has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Social Work and worked at Royal Perth Hospital and then at Community Health, based in Mandurah for 20 years.
See below for more information about the panel members.
Glenda is a Whardjuk and Ballardong Nyungah woman who has cultural and traditional ties to Perth and the wheat belt in the South West of Western Australia. She has a Bachelor of Social Work Degree from the University of Western Australia (1993); a Master of Arts Degree in Indigenous Research and Development (2004) from Curtin University and is currently completing a PhD at the University of Western Australia. Glenda is a Program Coordinator with the Australian Childhood Foundation in the Woon-yah Ngullah Goorlanggas – Caring for Our Children which is a program that works with Aboriginal Kinship Carers to provide culturally responsive trauma informed support to Aboriginal children and their Carers.
She worked for Centrecare for thirteen years and was the Executive Manager of Djooraminda which provides Out of Home Care accommodation and support services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who are unable to live at home with their families, and intensive and early intervention support services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families who may have issues which impact on their ability to care for and keep their children safe.
Glenda lectures part-time in the School of Social Work and Social Policy, Indigenous Social Policy and Practice Unit at the University of Western Australia and is Chairperson of the NAIDOC Perth Committee. In 2011, she instigated the Miss NAIDOC Perth Empowerment and Leadership Program which culminates in the crowning of this NAIDOC week ambassador role.
Glenda was named the Social Worker of the Year and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Worker of the Year at the WA Social Worker Awards in 2010, and was also awarded the Grace Vaughn Award by the University of WA in 2011. She was also a WA finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards 2014 and was inducted into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame in 2016.
She has a strong interest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the care system due to her own experiences in care in the 1960s and 1970s, and human rights and social justice issues for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Paddi Creevey OAM
Paddi Creevey OAM was the Mayor of Mandurah from 2005 - 2013, and has served in Local Government for over 17 years. Paddi has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Social Work and worked at Royal Perth Hospital and then at Community Health based in Mandurah for 20 years. Passionate about her local community, Paddi has been instrumental in the development of a wide range of community organisations and services. She believes strongly in sustainable development and partnerships to benefit the community.
Dr Judy Fisher
Judy has worked in Western Australia for the past 25 years on diverse biodiversity projects including education, research, fire, invasive species, strategy development, behaviour change and human well being, in different ecosystem types including coastal, wetland, rivers, woodland and tropical culturally significant Monsoon Vine Thickets. These combined learnt skills, knowledge and understandings have assisted me to develop (2013) and lead a Thematic Group of Experts with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM) called Ecosystems and Invasive Species. This Group has been extremely effective in placing the topic of Invasive Species high onto the International Agenda with subsequent follow on to local and indigenous communities and projects. With a new Intergovernmental Platform currently being developed, the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) I feel privileged to be a lead Author in the Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services for Asia and the Pacific, and also a Co-ordinating Lead Author for the global assessment of Land Degradation and Restoration in Terrestrial ecosystems including wetlands and waterways.
A key feature of Judy’s journeys has been relating to and understanding the importance of interacting with the natural environment to maintain good mental health, particularly at times of high stress.
The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), and is assessing the state of the world’s biodiversity and the services it provides to society. The IPBES has a Government membership of 124 countries. Over 1,000 of the world’s leading scientists voluntarily contribute to the IPBES Assessments. As a Co-ordinating Lead Author with the Global Assessment on the Benefits to people of avoiding Land Degradation and conducting Restoration, and a Lead Author within the Values section of the Asia Pacific Assessment Judy is working with the world’s leading scientists to set direction and understandings around biodiversity, with a very strong focus on indigenous and local communities. The approach being used is to assess the benefits of biodiversity to human well being, values and good quality of life, and its importance for the future healthy existence of people and the planet. Synergies exist between these roles and Judy’s Leadership role as Scientific Leader of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM) Ecosystems and Invasive Species Thematic Group. The innovative involvements across both these International Roles are helping to direct new approaches to scientific projects within Western Australia.
We would like to thank Curtin University and ECU for their support for this event.
Earthwise is located on Bagot Road just a short walk from Subiaco station, which is on the rail line linking Fremantle and Perth. The pink church building in which the Earthwise op-shop is located is a well known Subiaco landmark.
Registrations: No refunds after 1 March 2017
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