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North Queensland Branch

Branch Overview

The North Queensland Branch, with over 400 members, is managed by a voluntary Branch Management Committee elected by the Branch membership. The Branch represents Social Workers from north of latitude 22, from Clairview on the coast through Moranhbah, the Mackay region, north to the Cape and west to the QLD/NT border.

The Branch’s key role is to provide local support for AASW members through a range of activities that enable members to network, develop practice skills and organise around social justice issues. The Branch Management Committee provides the conduit for communications between members in North Queensland and the broader National Association.

The North Queensland Branch delivers value to members via several channels:

  • Advocating for social justice issues relevant to social workers and their service users
  • Collaborating with members to build a stronger voice for the profession in the region
  • Focusing on issues and priorities identified by our members
  • Monitoring the news and potential impacts on the profession
  • Developing and promoting Continuing Professional Development opportunities
  • Supporting members to organise around common interests through Practice Groups.

The voluntary Branch Management Committee members have a wealth of knowledge and experience, working within varying sectors of the community, and offer support and representation for Social Worker members within the region.

Please email the North Queensland Branch if you would like to get involved or bring any issues to the attention of the Branch Management Committee at

North Queensland Branch


Branch Spotlight

Participants sought:

Social Workers from Metro South Hospital and Health Service areas and Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service areas


Social workers facilitate discharge planning to ensure older patients are adequately supported on their return home from hospital admission. Research suggests that discharge planning for older patients with complex care needs can be arduous where there is an absence of a carer and inadequate home-based services. 

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety noted that there is a significant personal cost to older Australians associated with prolonged waiting time for home care packages on the national prioritisation queue. The Royal Commission also found that some older Australians had been forced to enter residential care prematurely and some die waiting for home care packages.

There is limited information on how the national prioritisation queue has affected discharge planning for hospitalised older Australians.

This study aims to explore the experienced challenges and ethical dilemma of Queensland social workers in regional, rural and remote and metropolitan public hospitals around the influence of national prioritisation queue to discharge planning for older people.


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