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New AASW President to continue social work's advocacy for a just society

Published: 27 October 2017

Social work lecturer and prevention of family violence advocate, Christine Craik, has been elected National President of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).

Christine takes over the role from Professor Karen Healy AM on 1 November. To her role as President, Christine brings more than 25 years of field experience as a community worker, social worker and educator, specialising in children, families and family violence. Christine is a passionate advocate for social justice and human rights.

Christine has been the AASW’s National Vice President for the last six years. She is also the Chair of Project Respect, and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

During her career, and since her election as the AASW National Vice President in 2011, Christine has been committed to creating a strong public profile for the social work profession and advocating on key social issues. She will continue this work as National President.

“For over 70 years, the AASW and its members have been committed to working together with individuals, families and communities to improve their wellbeing”.

“As social workers we believe that the true measure of any society is how it treats its most vulnerable, and Australia is shamefully failing in this regard. Every day we see the signs around us of increasing inequality and intolerance and that is why we will always stand up for the rights of the most marginalised”, she said.

“Social workers have the professional knowledge and skills to improve individual and community wellbeing and as such we are key partners in addressing the systemic and structural issues that cause disadvantage, abuse and exclusion”.

“I look forward to working towards a more inclusive and socially just Australia”, said Ms Craik.

The Australian Association of Social Workers is the professional body for qualified social workers in Australia and determines the benchmarks for professional social work education and practice. It represents over 10,000 social workers.

In Australia, social workers who are members of the AASW are professionally qualified, accountable to a code of ethics and committed to the highest standard of professional conduct.

To interview Christine Craik, please contact the AASW on 03 9320 1022.

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