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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

Understanding the empowerment of people with severe mental illness in the community through the eyes of social work practitioners in Sydney and Hong Kong

Key Dates

Online Surveys is already open (closing date TBC). Interviews will be arranged from September 2016 at the convenience of participants.

Participants sought

We are looking for practitioners (meeting ALL of the following criteria):

  • Trained in social work and eligible for membership of the AASW;
  • Having experience of working with people with severe mental illness for one year and more; AND
  • Currently holding a position involved in the delivery of mental health care in the community in Sydney.

This research will explore not only social workers’ understandings of empowerment practice, but also the role of and limitations experienced by them in the process of empowering mental health consumers in the current service delivery. This research is expected to inform the development of new strategies for the social work profession in strengthening policy and practice, with the aim of promoting the meaningful empowerment of consumers with disabilities and increasing the applicability of empowerment practice in different socio-cultural contexts.

What is involved?

You are invited to complete an anonymous e-survey of approximately 10 minutes. After completion, a Woolworths e-voucher valued at AU$15 will be sent to you if you provide us with your email contact.

You can also choose to take part in a follow-up interview, which could be arranged face-to-face or over the phone at a time and site convenient to you. You will receive another gift voucher (AU$40) to reimburse your time.

How to get involved?

Access to the survey can be found through the following link:

You may also contact the research team directly via email –

Institution and investigator contact

UNSW Australia - Centre for Social Research in Health
Researcher – Jialiang Cui (Angela),
Supervisors - Dr. Limin Mao,
Supervisors – Dr. Christy Newman,

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers