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National Symposium 2015 - Norma Parker Address

Event Details
Venue: Online
CPD hrs: 30 minutes

Free for AASW Members

$20 Non-members

Organiser: AASW National

In August 2015 the Council of Health Ministers announced the outcome of an independent review of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS) and their response to the review. After many years of lobbying for the inclusion of social workers in NRAS, the AASW was again disappointed on two counts. The first disappointment was that the independent reviewer did not recommend the extension of NRAS to include currently self-regulating health professions (Snowball, 2014). This was despite strong representations from the AASW about the continuing risks to public safety and the unintended consequences for service delivery flowing from the exclusion of social work as one of the largest allied health professions in the country (AASW, 2011). The second disappointment was that the Health Ministers rejected the independent reviewer’s recommendation that governments “establish a system of quality assurance for voluntary registers of self-regulated professions” (Snowball, 2014, p. 6).

The key questions discussed in this address are:

  • What is a self-regulating profession?
  • What are the problems and prospects for achieving public confidence in self-regulating professions
  • What can the AASW do to further promote confidence in social work as a self-regulating profession?

To read Professor Healy AM address in full please refer to the Australian Social Work Journal Volume 69, Issue 1, 2016. If you are a member of the AASW you can access this journal, as a member benefit, through the AASW Member Centre.

Presenter details

Professor Karen Healy AM. Karen is the Professor of Social Work at the University of Queensland where she is also the Deputy Head of the School of Social Work and Discipline Leader for Social Work, School of Nursing and Midwifery. Professor Healy has also been the AASW's National President since 2011.

Her career has included working as a social worker in child protection, youth and health services in Queensland, where she now lives, and in Victoria and Tasmania, and as a visiting professor in Norway and academic at the University of Sydney.

Professor Healy has written extensively on social work practice in four books and numerous journal articles, some of which have been translated into several languages including Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Spanish and Danish. She is also a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a National Director of The Benevolent Society. Professor Healy was named as a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia in 2016 for her significant service to community welfare in the field of social work, particularly child protection, and to higher education and research. ​.

Video Details

This recording was filmed in November 2015

Duration: 28 minutes​.


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