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World Social Work Day 2017

Published: 16 March 2017

On Tuesday 21 March, social workers around Australia and the world will celebrate World Social Work Day.

Every day social workers provide key supports to improve the lives of individuals, families and communities across Australia and around the world, says the President of the Australian Association of Social Workers, Professor Karen Healy AM.

“This makes them key partners in building inclusive and supportive communities,” said Professor Healy.

“Social workers are committed to human rights and social justice. They know that the wellbeing of individuals and societies relies on respecting the dignity of everyone, and this makes them passionate advocates for more inclusive communities.”

Professional social workers are skilled and knowledgeable in social and emotional wellbeing and focus on developing everyone’s full potential.

“This means respecting the diversity of traditions and cultures, particularly those of Indigenous people,” Professor Healy said.

“They work in family violence, health, disability, mental health, family and community support services, research and policy and focus on individuals while also speaking up for change on government policies that contribute to discrimination and inequality.”

Professor Healy says World Social Work Day is a great opportunity to recognise and celebrate this contribution.

“In times like ours, when increasing division and intolerance are undermining our unity and democratic values, social workers have been and will continue to be great advocates for fairer social, economic and environmental policies,” Professor Healy said.

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

The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) is the professional body for qualified social workers in Australia and determines the benchmarks for professional social work education and practice. It represents over 9,000 social workers.

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AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers