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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

Violence against women across the lifespan

Key dates

Survey opens 6th January 2021
Survey closes TBA (estimated 31st March 2021)

Participants sought

Practitioners from specialist and mainstream services who work with girls and/or women who have experienced violence from a family member and/or intimate partner

About

Though violence and abuse may occur across the lifespan, definitions of and responses to abuse tend to be based on the age of the person experiencing the abuse (i.e. child abuse, family and domestic violence, and elder abuse). These siloes have been exacerbated by differences in public and academic attention and subsequent government funding.Though siloed responses to abuse have the benefit of allowing services to focus on the specific needs and issues of vulnerable populations, there may also be disadvantages, such as individuals falling through gaps between various sectors, missed opportunities for collaboration and learning, and reduced effectiveness, or even duplication, of services. Furthermore, as these siloes are predominantly age focussed, they may not necessarily fit emerging forms of violence (e.g. adolescent violence).

This project aims to explore women’s experiences of and practitioners’ responses to violence across the lifespan, through a practitioner survey, lived experience survey and interviews, and mapping of the Western Australian service systems. It is hoped that this information will be able to be used to improve policy and service responses to women who have experienced violence at any age.

What is involved

Participation in an online survey (should take between half an hour to an hour to complete)

How to get involved

https://curtin.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bDwFeHW5vwMSCnX

Institution and investigator contact

Student researcher: Amy Warren (Curtin University) amy.l.warren@postgrad.curtin.edu.au

Principal supervisor: Dr Barbara Blundell (Curtin University) barbara.blundell@curtin.edu.au

Understanding Child to Parent Violence

Key dates

1 Feb 2021 – 30 June 2021

Participants sought

Social workers and practitioners in the community sector who have worked/working with families or individuals who have experienced violence from their child towards them.

About

Child to parent violence is an issue many families experience and this research project aims to understand how parents define, understand, and respond to child to parent violence. This study will investigate practitioner responses to child to parent violence and decisions they make in working with these families. A key outcome of the study is to provide knowledge and information to practitioners to better support parents and families experiencing this type of violence.

What is involved

A semi-structured interview of approx. 60 minutes. Online interview options available as well as phone and face to face.

Option to participate in a focus of approx. 90 minutes.

How to get involved

If you wish to participate, please email Chye at chye@uow.edu.au or phone 0425 252 049.

Institution and investigator contact

Chye Toole-Anstey (PhD Candidate)
Social Work, School of Health and Society

University of Wollongong
Chye@uow.edu.au
0425 252 049

Associate Professor Lynne Keevers (Principal PhD Supervisor)
Social Work, School of Health and Society
University of Wollongong

Lkeevers@uow.edu.au

02 4298 1563

My Aged Care National Prioritisation Queue: Hospital Social Workers’ experiences and ethical challenges

Key dates

Recruitment is now open

Participants sought

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

About

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.

What is involved

Face to face or video/teleconference interviews (duration of around 60 minutes). This will be digitally recorded, and data will be de-identified.

As part of ongoing data analysis, participants may be re-contacted to clarify that analysed data are a true reflection of their experiences.

Information and consent form will be provided upon expressed willingness to participate.

A $30 gift voucher will be offered to the participants at the completion of the interview, in compensation of their time.

How to get involved

Contact Bernadette Dimla (principal investigator) on details provided below:

Institution and investigator contact

Central Queensland University

Principal investigator/PhD student: Bernadette Dimla
E: b.dimla@cqu.edu.au
Mob. 0407 147 829

Research Supervisors:

Prof. Denise Wood – University of Sunshine Coast
Prof. Lynne Parkinson- University of Newcastle

HREC clearance:
Metro South Brisbane HREC Ref. 2019/QMS/51417
Central Queensland University HREC Ref. 0000021908

Governance authorisations:
Metro South: SSA/2019/QMS/51417
Cairns: SSA/2019/QCH/51417 Julv2, Local ref: Lead 366).

Empathy in Therapeutic Contexts: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

Key dates

Recruitment is now open

Participants sought

Social workers, occupational therapists, and psychologists, who are delivering counselling under the Medicare Australia Scheme are invited to participate in new research into the meaning, phenomenon, and experience of empathy in therapeutic practice contexts.

About

This research is exploring how professional’s use and describe empathy in their professional work. The research will examine the implications of empathy and empathic experiences in practice for professional workers.

What is involved

One semi-structured interview that will take about 60-90 minutes to complete.

How to get involved

Please email; tracy.s.watson@postgrad.curtin.edu.au

Institution and investigator contact

Curtin University
Student researcher – Tracy Watson
Chief researcher – David Hodgson
david.hodgson1@curtin.edu.au

Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) has approved this study (HRE2020-0442).


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