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Opportunities for research participation

Opportunities for members to participate in research

The AASW National Research Committee; as part of its commitment to promote and encourage social workers' involvement in research; reviews and approves various research projects to be advertised to members. Both conducting and participating in research are considered to be key professional development activities and can be counted towards your annual CPD. If you participate in any of the research activities listed below, you can record this as a Category 3 activity (Professional Identity) in your online CPD record.

Current research projects

WA Branch Symposium: Going Forward with the NDIS

Key dates

25 July 2018

Participants sought

AASW Members, social workers

About

The focus group will help the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), WA Branch, to gain an understanding of the knowledge and support members feel they need to prepare for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

It will also explore the implications of the NDIS for the professional Social Work role.

We will use data from the focus group to prepare a report for the WA AASW; we also hope to submit a paper for publication. The data will not be used for any other purposes.

What is involved

The focus group will help the WA Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) to gain an understanding of the knowledge and support members feel they need to prepare for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

It will also explore the implications of the NDIS for the professional Social Work role.

We will use data from the Focus Group to prepare a report for the WA AASW; we also hope to submit a paper for publication. The data will not be used for any other purposes.

How to get involved

By registering for the Symposium on the 25 July, you will be given the opportunity to be part of the focus groups for this research, you will be given a consent form on the day.

Institution and investigator contact

Researcher: Professor Dr Kathy Boxall : k.boxall@ecu.edu.au

Admin event contact: Charmaine Lobo Branch Manager 9420 7240 or aaswwa@aasw.asn.au

An enquiry into the impact on current practice and future practice intentions respectively, of participation by staff and students from nursing, allied health and related disciplines, in Aboriginal cultural awareness training sessions

Key dates

Earliest convenient distribution date with a follow up one calendar month later

Participants sought

Australian Association of Social Workers Members who have ever undertaken Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural awareness training of any duration

About

The influence to your professional practice of any Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural awareness training event that you have attended

What is involved

Participation in an online survey.

How to get involved

Follow the link to the survey:

DIRECT LINK: Cultural Awareness Survey

OR

GO TO URL: https://redcap.healthinformatics.unimelb.edu.au/surveys/

ENTER ACCESS CODE: D49DKRPYX

Institution and investigator contact

The University of Melbourne
Dr Alan Crouch

Alan.Crouch@unimelb.edu.au

Encountering interspecies homelessness: Social work with vulnerable groups and their companion animals

Key Dates

Survey (Stage 1 of research) open from February 2018 to July/August 2018.

Semi-structured in-depth interviews taking place from March 2018 to August/September 2018

Participants sought

Victorian social workers working in Domestic Violence/Family Violence and Housing/Homelessness service provision

About

There has been a companion animal (pet) ‘turn’, or awareness in the mainstream media and community about the need for consideration of all members of interspecies families impacted by family violence and homelessness. What is less known is how this turn is playing out in the field of social work.

Despite recommendations that the awareness of the Human-Animal Bond be incorporated into companion animal-inclusive practice being made in social work literature, there is, to date, no documented evidence that this is happening in Australian social work. Anecdotally, there is a culture of covert, or subversive practices that has emerged to address this problem, in particular with the provision of social work to women experiencing, or at risk of homelessness.

This research has the potential to validate these practices by making them visible, thus demonstrating the importance of companion animals to the lived experience of service users.

What is involved?

Stage 1 of the research involves completion of an online survey of questions about social work with women who have pets, with the option to be involved in Stage 2 interviews.

How to get involved?

The online survey takes approximately 10-15 minutes to complete, and can be accessed at https://rmit.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3Jcz41biVOrLHjD

Institution and investigator contact

Melissa Laing BSW(Hons)/BSocSc(Psych)

PhD Candidate, Social Global Studies Centre

School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University

melissa.laing@rmit.edu.au

Prof Guy Johnson, Senior Supervisor/Chief investigator

guy.johnson@rmit.edu.au

Workers experiences of supporting women whose children have displayed harmful sexualised behaviours towards a sibling: an opportunity to share your experiences in a research interview

Key dates

Interviews are taking place March 2018-June 2018

Participants sought

Workers who have experience working directly with families, and mothers/female carers where children have displayed harmful sexualised behaviours towards their sibling

About

Are you working with families where siblings have disclosed sexual harm by another sibling? If you are a worker who has direct experience working with families in this context – I am keen to hear from you!

This study is about your experience of supporting women who have mothered children who have displayed harmful sexualised behaviours towards their sibling as well as their families.

This study will explore your experiences of supporting mothers and families in this context and perspectives of helpful and unhelpful service responses.

The purpose of this research is to improve responses to mothers, children and families who have been impacted by harmful sexualised behaviours towards siblings, and document women’s experiences in this process.

What is involved

A face-to-face or telephone interview with Amelia Boyers, who is a PhD student at the University of Sydney.

How to get involved

Please call Amelia Boyers on 0414 083 847 or email amelia.boyers@sydney.edu.au

Amelia is available to discuss any questions and arrange an interview.

Institution and investigator contact

Amelia Boyers, Sydney School of Education and Social Work, The University of Sydney (PhD Candidate)

0414 083 847

amelia.boyers@sydney.edu.au

Validating an eHealth Readiness Assessment Tool

Key dates

Participation in this project closes on 30 June 2018.

Participants sought

Health professionals who work in Australia

About

Developing a tool to explore eHealth readiness in Australia

How eHealth ready do you think the Australian health system is?

Researchers at The University of Sydney wish to develop a tool to understand eHealth readiness in Australia.

What is involved

Current health professionals in Australia are invited to complete a 20-minute online survey for a chance to win one of ten gift vouchers. You will be asked about your views on how eHealth ready you think our health system is.

How to get involved

To participate in the survey and view the Participant Information Statement, please click here:

https://redcap.sydney.edu.au/surveys/?s=8TPFWD3YAD

Institution and investigator contact

The University of Sydney

Dr Melanie Keep

Phone: +61 2 9351 9390

Email: melanie.keep@sydney.edu.au

Theorising the understanding of transpersonal experiences for social work practice

Key dates

Expressions of interest to participate in research close 30 September 2018

Participants sought

Social workers who have had clients disclose transpersonal (extrasensory, paranormal, mystical or psychic) experiences to them.

About

This research seeks an understanding of how social workers work with clients who disclose transpersonal experiences (extrasensory, paranormal, mystical or psychic) to them, and to explore the practice methodology that social workers use in responding to these clients. In this research the term transpersonal is used for these experiences. This may include but are not limited to; reconnection or ongoing connection with deceased loved ones, after death, near death or out of body experience, use of telepathy or intuition, indigenous spiritual or cultural phenomena, psychospiritual transformation, spiritual and mystical states, distance healing or use of bioenergy modalities such as Therapeutic Touch, Reiki, Acupuncture and so forth. These transpersonal experiences can be perceived as positive or negative; for example, healing reconnection with deceased loved ones or psychospiritual transformation may be perceived as positive and welcomed whilst spiritual experiences that have features similar to psychosis may be disturbing and distressing. The focus of the research is on the intervention used by practitioners, rather the content of the client’s experience. The interview material will be developed into an integrated theoretical and practice framework.

What is involved

Participation will involve audio recorded interviews (approximately 60 minutes duration) either face to face or by telephone.

How to get involved

Please contact Helen Parish (research contact) by email or telephone to register your interest in participating in this research.

Institution and investigator contact

Curtin University

Dr Mark Liddiard (Research Supervisor)

Prof Maria Harries (Research Supervisor)

Helen Parish (Doctoral Candidate)

Telephone: 0422 028 645. Email: helen.parish@postgrad.curtin.edu.au

Mental health service cultures and reform aspirations

Key dates

The researcher will be conducting interviews from March to October 2018.

Participants sought

Mental health professionals, consumers and families (or carers/supporters) who are currently working in, or accessing mental health services in Australia, or have in the past five years.

About

You are invited to participate in a research study being conducted by Sophie Ridley, a PhD student at Curtin University.

This study seeks to understand how consumers, families and professionals experience mental health service cultures. The project is also interested to explore how service culture can help or hinder the type of change in mental health services that is called for in Australian policy documents.

One of the challenges is that culture can mean different things to different people. It can be difficult to define, particularly as it is not something we can see or hold. Despite this, we constantly hear different groups call for ‘culture change’. This project defines culture in the following ways:

  • Values (i.e. what is seen as important and what is valued).
  • Attitudes and beliefs (about and towards consumers, families and professionals).
  • What is considered ‘normal’ (or taken for granted, and therefore is not questioned).
  • Usual ways of doing ‘business’ or providing services (including ‘rules’ about what is acceptable or unacceptable).
  • The meanings that are applied to situations, people and behaviours.

What is involved

Participating in one semi-structured in depth interview. Interviews can be conducted in person or via phone or Skype.

How to get involved

For more information on this project and what participation will involve, please contact Sophie Ridley by email: sophie.ridley@postgrad.curtin.edu.au or phone: 0439 933 468.

You can also find additional information here: https://healthsciences.curtin.edu.au/schools/occupational-therapy-social-work-speech-pathology/research/mental-health-study/

Institution and investigator contact

Sophie Ridley

Curtin University, Perth

Email: sophie.ridley@postgrad.curtin.edu.au

Phone: 0439 933 468

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