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Remnants of Empire, Beginnings of Life: Working with pregnant Indigenous women as a non-Indigenous social worker

Event Details
Date: Wednesday, 1 August 2018
Time: 6pm - 7:30pm
Venue: University of NSW, Morven Brown Building, Ground Floor, room G4
State: NSW
Cost:

FREE

Organiser: UNSW & AASW NSW
Further information
Contact

AASW NSW
aasw.nsw@aasw.asn.au
02 9615 4005

Registration
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1.5 CPD hours

This evening session will explore the difficult reality Aboriginal families experience as they are significantly overrepresented within child protection. In addition, there will be discussion regarding the challenges of overrepresentation of non-Aboriginal health and welfare practitioners who are often the professionals making decisions about the care and support needs of Aboriginal families.

Themes explored during the discussion will include:

  • Challenges of engaging Indigenous families as a non-Indigenous social worker
  • Acknowledging history and practising reconciliation in everyday social work practice
  • Holding risk and uncertainty
  • Addressing vicarious trauma and vicarious resilience

Presenter

Emma Searle - BSW (UNSW)
Senior Social Worker
Malabar Midwifery Group Practice (Aboriginal Maternal and Infant Health Service)
Royal Hospital for Women

Emma Searle has over 16-years of experience working as a social worker in a range of health and child protection settings in rural and urban Australia and overseas. Emma has been part of the Aboriginal Maternal and Infant Health Service at the Royal Hospital for Women for over 10 years and will speak about her experience of engaging with vulnerable Indigenous families as a non-Indigenous practitioner. In 2013 Emma was awarded a Churchill Fellowship and travelled to New Zealand, USA, and Canada to investigate how other non-Indigenous and Indigenous staff engaged vulnerable pregnant Indigenous women in urban health and welfare settings in culturally competent ways.

Registrations close 31 July.

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers