North Queensland Branch
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
North Queensland Branch
Become an intermediary to assist witnesses to give their best evidence - Dept of Justice and Attorney-General
The Department of Justice and Attorney-General is establishing a pilot of a witness intermediary scheme in response to recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The AASW has been approached about disseminating this to appropriate and interested members who can then apply to become a member of the panel. In summary the role is as follows
The role of the intermediary is to facilitate communication between the witness and police and/or the witness and courts by:
• assessing witness’s communication and describing any specific communication assistance required;
• providing practical strategies on how to best communicate with the witness and how to pose a question to get the most reliable evidence;
• informing directions hearings, where applicable, to establish court communication guidelines for a vulnerable witness; and
• writing court reports about an individual’s communication needs.
Legislatively, only those with qualifications in speech pathology, psychology, occupational therapy or social work are eligible to be appointed as an intermediary.
We encourage those of you with expertise and interest to apply, please see following information sent from the Dept of Justice and Attorney- General.
Become an intermediary to assist witnesses to give their best evidence
Applications are currently sought from allied health professionals in Queensland to become intermediaries—to facilitate communication between a witness and police and/or a witness and courts.
Individuals with qualifications in speech pathology, psychology, occupational therapy or social work will be selected to form a prequalified panel for the two-year Queensland Intermediary Scheme Pilot Program, which will operate in Brisbane and Cairns from July 2021.
Read more about this role and the pilot program on QTenders.
Please note applications have been extended to 28 January 2021. Individuals with an interest in applying for this role must be registered on QTenders (how to register). Only applications lodged via QTenders will be accepted.
Media Release > https://www.justice.qld.gov.au/community-engagement/news/2020/intermediaries-to-assist-vulnerable-witnesses-to-give-their-best-evidence
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