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NSW Student Series: Social Workers in Practice - Social Work Practice in Aged Care; an Inpatient and Community Lens

Event Details
Date: Thursday 2nd May
Time: 6pm to 8pm
Venue: AASW NSW Branch Office, Suite 501, Level 5, 24 Hunter St, PARRAMATTA NSW 2150
State: NSW
CPD hrs: 2

Members - $5
Non members - $15

Organiser: AASW NSW

02 9615 4005

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The Student Series: Social Workers in Practice provides opportunity for students to hear from professional social workers about their work and build connections within the profession. There are 8 events planned for 2019, between March and November.

Our May speakers will be Melissa Efstathiou and Erin Riley

Melissa Efstathiou is a social worker in the area of geriatric medicine at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, where she has worked for the past two and a half years. She has worked at Ryde Hospital and Hornsby Hospital and has 8 years of experience providing a social work service in a variety of inpatient setting. She is passionate about aged care and the role of social work in assisting patients and their families to navigate the aged care system. She completed her Bachelor of Social Work Degree at the University of New South Wales.

Erin Riley has ten years of aged care social work experience. Erin began her social work career as an inpatient social worker in Geriatrics and Rehabilitation at Fairfield Hospital, following which she was Fairfield Hospital’s Patient Liaison Officer. Erin has worked for the last seven years in a community-based social work capacity, currently working in the Short Term Aged Response Team (START), a case management service based out of RPA that sees vulnerable older people in their own homes, providing advocacy, referrals and complex case management. For a split second in 2017 she was the acting Co-ordinator of Kalparrin, Concord’s Dementia Day Centre. Erin sees the complex interplay of ageism, poverty, neoliberal healthcare models, racism, sexism and intersecting oppressions on the job every-day and is interested in the personal level relational interactions between clients and social workers that don’t recreate systems of power and how these small wins can be viewed as small-scale ways of working toward dismantling systems of inequity of access. Erin completed a Bachelor of Social Work at Sydney University and a Masters of Counselling (Social Work) at UNSW. Erin’s keen interest lies in the promotion of the open discussion of end of life/death and dying with older people, Vikki Reynold’s idea of the immeasurable outcomes/’unhappenings’ of community-based work and how radical/anti-oppressive social work ideas can be applied to work with older people living on the margins. Erin has a lot to say about the decimation of case management funding in the community and how it affects some of society’s most vulnerable people.

Light refreshments will be provided.

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Student membership is $51 per financial year ($25.50 if joining between Jan-June), and entitles you to Student Member rates for this and all other AASW events.

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