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Northern Territorians asked to nominate a social worker for prestigious award for World Social Work Day

Published: 12 February 2018

The Australian Association of Social Workers is hosting the Mary Moylan Award for exceptional social workers and is seeking nominations.

The Awards are being held as part of the global World Social Work Day celebrations.

NT Administrator the Hon Vicki O’Halloran AM will meet and formally award the winner after the ceremony.

AASW NT Branch President Vikki Martin-Moller said, “We are proud to be hosting these awards, to honour an outstanding social worker in the Northern Territory.

“This is an opportunity to celebrate the amazing contribution social workers make to creating a fairer society. They are skilled, knowledgeable and specialise in issues related to social and emotional wellbeing.

“Working holistically with individuals, families and communities, social workers are champions for social justice, self-determination and human rights. These Awards give us the opportunity to recognise and celebrate social work’s contribution to these ideals.”

The Australian Association of Social Workers – NT Branch is calling for nominations, which close on 28 February 2018. The deadline has been extended until Wednesday, 7 March.

The ceremony will take place at Parliament House, Friday 23 March 2018 from 6.00pm to 7.30pm.

AASW National President Christine Craik will also be in attendance to congratulate the winner, who will be announced at the ceremony. The winner will receive $1000 towards professional development.

The social worker must be a member of the AASW. Nomination forms are available here.

To attend the ceremony, please register here.


About the Mary Moylan Award

The Award is an initiative of the NT Branch of the AASW and commemorates and celebrates the life and work of Ms Mary Moylan. Mary died in 2002 and was acknowledged in an adjournment debate by the then Hon Jane Aagaard, Northern Territory Legislative Assembly. Mary was dedicated to maintaining and expanding her profession in the Territory. In recognition of her work it was proposed that an annual memorial award be established in her honour.

Territory Stories website tells us:

"Mary came to Darwin in 1994 taking up the position as a Social Worker with the Commonwealth Department of Social Security. Mary was the first Social Worker appointed to work with Top End remote Indigenous communities. During her eight year stay in the Territory, she was involved in the disaster recovery of the Katherine floods of 1998 and the East Timor emergency in 1999."

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