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NSW Regional and Northern Rivers PG's World Social Work Day 2022

Event Details
Date: 15 March 2022
Time: 10am-12pm
Venue: Online
State: NSW
CPD hrs: 2
CPD Category: 3: Professional Identity - Participation in World Social Work Day activities

Cost: Free

Organiser: AASW NSW
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2 CPD hours

International Social Work Day Combined NSW Regional Practice Group and Northern Rivers Practice Group meeting.

Topic: EcoSocial​ Work Practice Innovative models in response to Global and Local Climate Change?

Date: Tuesday 15 March 2022
Time: 10am-12pm
Venue: Zoom. Meeting will be on zoom

This year’s theme for International Social Work Day is Co-Building a New Eco-Social World: Leaving No One Behind. We are excited to have two fabulous speakers, Jennifer Boddy and Heather Boetto, to present on EcoSocial Work Practice Innovative Models in Response to Global and Local Climate Change.

Contact: Cathie Dosba-Thomson at


Dr Jennifer Boddy is an Associate Professor and Deputy Head of School for the School of Health Sciences and Social Work at Griffith University. She is a passionate educator and researcher, whose work is grounded in a commitment to social and environmental justice. Through her research and teaching she seeks to create healthy, sustainable environments and address barriers to accessing education for diverse groups. Coupled with her practice experience as a counsellor and therapeutic caseworker, she has an indepth understanding of the complexities of people’s environments and their impacts on education, health and wellbeing. Jennifer’s recent research is focused on the intersections between domestic violence and climate change.

Heather Boetto is a senior lecturer in the School of Social Work and Arts at Charles Sturt University, Australia. Heather’s love of the natural environment emerged in her childhood as a young farm girl in regional New South Wales. Later, as a social work practitioner, Heather became aware of the social impacts of climatic events, particularly drought, on the lives of people and communities in rural areas. Now in academia, Heather’s research focuses on environmental social work (‘EcoSocial Work’) and disaster resilience. Heather was awarded the University Medal in 2017 for her PhD, which culminated in the development of a ‘transformative ecosocial work model’ for practice, also published in the British Journal of Social Work (Boetto, 2017). Heather has undertaken action research with practitioners to facilitate the integration of ecosocial work in professional practice in Australia and Finland (Boetto et al., 2020). She is currently working on a research project with human service organisations to develop policy relating to disaster preparedness. Heather also undertakes a teaching role at her university. She has been part of an innovative team to transform the social work curriculum as a vehicle for preparing social work students to become actively engaged in global environmental change.

Who should attend: Combined NSW Regional Practice Group and Northern Rivers Practice Group. Anyone wishing to join the NSW Regional Practice Group or the Northern Rivers Practice Group, please contact Cathie at

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers