Together. Stronger. Influential.
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We asked ten members what Together. Stronger. Influential. means to them. Here is what they said.
Zac's Member Profile
Together - being part of the AASW community means committing myself to a collective whole so that we can achieve more together; we all pool our resources together and contribute to a bigger body that advances the rights of our community’s most vulnerable people.
Stronger - standing united means, alone, we can only achieve so much; but together, we can achieve anything.
Influential – as part of a regional social work practice group, I'm wanting to ensure that social workers in this region feel connected to something that is bigger than any one of us are, as individuals. That means that when we feel powerless to make change in our own strength, each one of us can recognise that the challenges we face are challenges we face together, and the solutions that we cannot achieve on our own are achievable together.
Samantha's Member Profile
Together - there is an African proverb that speaks so strongly to me, “If you want to go fast go alone. If you want to go far, go as a team”. Nothing happens without relationships and the only way forward for our profession is if we go together. The AASW provides the togetherness that I seek.
Stronger - the role of social work is complex and tough. We change our communities through advocating, through research, through having a political voice and through caring. These attributes take more strength then any one person can hold. Standing united means standing with a strength and certainty that support is there when I need it.
Influential - I believe in my profession, in the skills, services and knowledge that social work holds. I want to contribute to the ‘professional identity’. I want my multi-disciplinary colleagues to believe in social work as much as I do and have the confidence that social work is a big part of the puzzle when we are speaking about holistic care of clients.
Martha's Member Profile
Together - my AASW membership offers me the opportunity for accreditation and trade marking as a private practice Accredited Mental Health Social Worker, which provides assurance to the community, referrers and clients of my credentials, whilst working together in the Association to build the profile of our profession.
Stronger - standing united with the AASW Private Practice Group as my local AASW community, gives me a sense of connection and support whilst resourcing me to continue to provide excellence in social work service provision.
Influential - I take every opportunity in the various forms of my social work practice to influence positive change at micro, meso and macro levels. This happens through my therapeutic and clinical supervision work, through consultancy, community development or provision of professional development and through outcomes research to influence policy change and resourcing decisions.
Mali's Member Profile
Together - being part of the AASW community is very important to me. I believe the AASW is critical for Australian social work. It is our combined voice, that we can contribute to government decision-making and have a say on important issues of social justice issues. It is also the body that regulates our profession to ensure high standards in our profession are maintained. At a personal level, the AASW community provides me with a space where I can be amongst other social workers. It is a place where I can continue to learn, to reconnect with the values of the profession, network and most importantly feel proud to be a social worker.
Stronger - collectively the voice of social workers is stronger under the AASW. Through the AASW, social workers can come together and have a united voice. Our perspective can be heard in government submissions and the media. We have the opportunity to influence our society as a collective group.
Influential – I care about bringing social workers together to connect and share knowledge. For me, there is nothing better than being in a room of social workers from diverse backgrounds who all share a similar perspective on issues of social justice. In these events, I feel like I’m with ‘my people’ who speak ‘my language’. As a Branch Board member, I hope to continue to be involved in bringing social workers together and assisting in providing Continued Professional Development specifically for social workers.
Maddison's Member Profile
Together - being a part of the AASW community means that I am a part of a collection of individuals who are dedicated to their chosen profession and motivated to achieve social justice in this world. As an Aboriginal woman, I believe it provides me an opportunity to work with non-Aboriginal and Aboriginal social workers to strive towards reconciliation and ensure the voices of Aboriginal people are heard.
Stronger - standing united means having a powerful voice that we can use to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves to me.
Influential - I recently completed my honours thesis which explored the experiences and perspectives of Aboriginal people towards social workers. With this, I reached several conclusions and recommendations. I therefore want to include this sector in the creation of a better enhanced social work for Aboriginal people. I want to involve myself in any way possible to achieve this goal.
Lisa's Member Profile
Together - an opportunity to network, collaborate and learn from like-minded people in the areas of social justice and human rights.
Stronger - standing united means a commitment to working towards structural changes that result in a fairer society, where all citizens are valued.
Influential – my two interest areas are gender and race. I would like to work in the area of men’s violence against women using an intersectional approach, which is addressing systems of power which cause inequality to be expressed in a variety of ways.
June's Member Profile
Together - being part of the AASW community helps provide me with, and reinforces, a professional social work identity informed by values of social justice and fairness, underpinned by humane interactions between people. There are plenty of illustrations in Australia and beyond to demonstrate the continual need to strive for and act on such values and beliefs. For me, the AASW community provides a focal point for doing this. An added advantage is the formation of lasting friendships with people who share similar values and goals!
Stronger - standing united is a key way to counter attitudes, policies and practices that disadvantage and discriminate, and the AASW is a central means of doing this. A powerful voice on social issues, built on the values of social work and on the voices of a strong and diverse AASW membership, has a greater chance of influencing changes to unjust policies and practices in our communities. A strong membership, working together with other like-minded organisations, individuals and groups, will create greater opportunities to influence change.
Influential - I have devoted my social work career, especially in social work education, to promoting practice within a framework of social justice. I continue to work with and support local and international professionals with similar goals. Through my writing, I bring a critical social perspective to issues typically viewed through an individualistic lens. I hope this encourages us to question our assumptions and practices to open wider ranges of options and possibilities for the vulnerable among us. I also encourage and support social work practice research, important in building local practice knowledge and research skills.
Danika's Member Profile
Together - it means having a collective voice to create change that support human rights and our professional integrity.
Stronger - standing united means our actions are more powerful to me.
Influential – I want to be a part of the change in the mental health sector, breaking down stigma and supporting those in the community. I can do this by joining the Mental Health Practice Group within my AASW branch, so that I am able to be a part of discussions, developments and networking which supports change.
Chris's Member Profile
Together - being part of the AASW community means I feel supported, grounded and valued in being committed to change even when the going gets tough.
Stronger – standing united means speaking with one voice to make a difference for the vulnerable and disadvantaged members of the community, through influencing social policy and social change.
Influential – by empowering and informing the community, colleagues with whom I work and fellow members of ASSW, that by speaking up about injustice one can achieve meaningful change.
Anita's Member Profile
Together - I have found my tribe in the AASW community and am inspired and energised by our collective fight for social justice, ethical practice and professionalism.
Stronger - standing united means that together we can achieve responsible governance, service accountability and a voice for our marginalised community members.
Influential - as a member of the AASW community, I continue to promote local and regional issues, establish networking and professional development opportunities for both experienced and new social workers, promote AASW membership within our region, develop the professional identity of social workers within the community and coordinate industry nights in collaboration with the AASW in rural and regional areas.