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AASW Webinar Recording | How to write for journal publication: Getting published in Australian Social Work

Event Details
Date: Ongoing
Venue: Online
CPD hrs: 1 hour
CPD Category: 2 - Skills and Knowledge

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Organiser: AASW


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Australian Social Work is the only academic journal for social work in Australia, with an increasing impact factor - currently 1.4.

This webinar addresses the topics and types of papers the journal publishes and the benefits of publication for all social workers. Presented by the Editor (Fiona McDermott) and Associate Editor (David Hodgson) of Australian Social Work, and an academic with wide-ranging experience in writing for publication (Clare Tilbury), the presentation draws on their collective knowledge and experience of editing and writing for publication.

Participants will learn the process of getting published, tips and tricks for authors and what the reviewers are looking for at Australian Social Work.

Research and publishing is crucial to developing the knowledge base in social work and to supporting evidence informed practice.

Who should register? Social workers and human service workers, students, graduate and higher degree students, researchers and educators, practitioner-researchers.

1 hour of CPD activity, attributable to all credentials.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will:

  • Understand the process involved in getting published.
  • Understand the value of publishing.
  • Learn what kinds of papers & topics are of interest to ASW.
  • Learn how writing for publication will improve conceptual, research, critical and reflective skills.
  • Understand the scholarly ‘conventions’ for getting published.


A/Prof Fiona McDermott is the Editor of Australian Social Work and has held this position since 2017. From 2009 to 2018 she had a joint appointment in the social work departments of Monash University and Monash Health, her role being to establish and develop practitioner research. Prior to that Fiona worked in the social work department at the University of Melbourne, teaching across the curriculum. Her publications are in the fields of research development, health and mental health, and working with groups. Fiona has published 5 books, many book chapters and refereed articles. She has a particular interest in qualitative research approaches and practitioner research. She has supervised many PhD and postgraduate research students.

Dr David Hodgson is Senior Lecturer in social work at Curtin University, School of Allied Health, and Associate Editor of Australian Social Work. He has 20 years' experience in social work education, and extensive experience as a qualitative social researcher, particularly in theoretically informed research and evaluation designs and methodologies. His research covers a range of projects and contexts in the areas of: youth; mental health; family and domestic violence; out-of-home-care; social work education/curriculum; social work and social justice theory; and, early stage social program and policy evaluation. David has recently co-authored two social work theory texts, both of which involved a systematic exploration into social work knowledge, sociological and psychological theories, and political and moral philosophy--including how these inform social work and social justice thinking and practice.

Prof Clare Tilbury is a Professor of Social Work at Griffith University. Her research focuses on child protection systems, performance measurement, accountability, and racial disparities. She has published widely on child protection and social work and undertakes reviews for many journals. She is currently leading a national study about the impact of Australian social work research. She is the Australasian Regional Editor for Child and Family Social Work, and on the Advisory Board of Australian Social Work.

Method of delivery

Once you have registered for this recording, all online content is available to view at your convenience via the AASW online on-demand training platform.

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Subtitles are available.


The webinar recording duration is 1 hour.


This offering can be claimed for CPD purposes, consistent with the CPD Goals and Hours Requirements.

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New Graduates, Retired and Student Members $30 (incl GST)
Non-members $80 (incl GST)


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