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AASW SA Branch Social Work Awards celebrating quality and diversity

Published: 1 June 2017

Winners of the second Social Australian Social Workers of the Year awards, hosted by the Australian Association of Social Workers South Australian Branch, will be announced during the awards ceremony held at UniSA City West Campus on 22 June.

This year’s theme, ”The Value of Diversity in the Social Work Profession”, attracted high quality nominations from a diverse range of areas including: health, child protection, community engagement and family practice.

Among the finalists are three social workers from the Department for Child Protection: Jenna Balfour, Karen Barry and Tracey Rigney. Along with nominees from the Women and Children’s Health Network, Flinders University, Nunkuwarrin Yunti of SA Inc and the Australian Refugee Association.

Awards judge and manager of the Women and Children’s Hospital Social Work Services, Mark McCarthy said the awards help highlight the important role social work plays in improving outcomes for client and client systems.

Department for Child Protection Chief Executive Cathy Taylor said she was pleased to see the awards were going ahead for the second year

“Social workers are our front line workers. They really are the backbone of the work we do in child protection and it is great to see our workers have the opportunity to be recognised by their peers and managers through this award” she said.

AASW SA Branch President, Dr Mary Hood, said by highlighting the nominees’ best practice achievements, the awards aim to foster a better understanding of the social and systemic knowledge base of the social work profession in the South Australian community.

“The awards also aim to achieve greater recognition of the contribution that social work makes to more effective consumer directed care across the state. They are one part of the AASW’s advocacy for the continued inclusion of social work in the development and management of social services in the state” said Dr Hood,

The AASW SA Branch represents 1000 social work professionals who are committed to empowering individuals, families, groups and communities.

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AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers