Recognising the vital work of social workers this World Social Work Day 2018
Published: 20 March 2018
World Social Work Day on Tuesday, 20 March celebrates and recognises the achievements of social workers and their commitment to improving the lives of individuals, families and communities across Australia and internationally.
AASW National President Christine Craik said, “World Social Work Day has been recognised each year since 1983 as an opportunity to raise awareness of the vital work of social workers and to celebrate the contribution social workers make to a fairer and just society.
“Social workers provide key supports to vulnerable individuals, families and communities. We work in a wide range of areas, including mental health, family violence, child protection, aged care, disability, housing, drug and alcohol to name a few. Working at the forefront of the world’s most pressing social issues makes us skilled, knowledgeable and passionate advocates. We see the impact of public policy on the lives of our clients every day and we know how it affects them.”
Social workers take pride in their commitment to human rights and social justice challenging discriminatory and unjust policies at every level, which includes advocating for fairer social, economic and environmental policies. They celebrate difference and assist people who are overcoming personal difficulties and structural barriers to be included in society and to realise their strengths and potential.
This year’s theme for World Social Work Day is Promoting Community and Environmental Sustainability. Social workers are key partners in promoting both community and environmental sustainability. In this respect, social workers understand that we have a great deal to learn from Australia's First Peoples.
“We can all learn from the resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their connection to the lands on which we all live and work. They were the first experts in promoting community and environmental sustainability.
“As the National President of the Australian Association of Social Workers, I invite you to join us in recognising World Social Work Day around the country – we are holding events in every state and territory. Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs will give the keynote address in Victoria on World Social Work Day and I will be joining the panel in Brisbane to talk about the role of social work and the environment later that afternoon.”
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 10,000 social workers.
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