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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

Australian Mental Health Professionals Working with the LGBTQI Community

Key dates

End date 20 Feb 2020

Participants sought

Mental health professionals, including counsellors, mental health nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers residing in Australia are eligible to participate.

About

You are invited to participate in a study of Australian mental health professionals’ and their work with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI) individuals. The research aims to help us gain a better understanding of the current level of self-reported preparedness and competence to respond to the needs of the LGBTQI population. It will also help us to explore what training and development in cultural competence and ethical practice might be required.

What is involved

You will be asked to complete a 15-minute anonymous online survey regarding your experience, training and practices related to working within the LGBTQI community. It includes demographic data, questions relating to case vignettes, and survey questions.

How to get involved

To participate, follow this link to the survey:

https://acap.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6hCveIo5hJHKg0R

Institution and investigator contact

Professor Kathryn Nicholson Perry and Ms Emma Jephcott (Master of Psychology student)

Australian College of Applied Psychology

research.jephcott@gmail.com

Research study on allied health in palliative aged care

Key dates

End date 29th February 2020

Participants sought

Allied health professionals

About

End of Life Directions for Aged Care (ELDAC) at Flinders University are running a study looking at the role of allied health professionals providing palliative care for older Australians in residential and community aged care. If you are an allied health professional working in aged care and would like to participate, please click on the relevant web link below to begin. The survey takes about 10-20 minutes to complete.

For more information, please refer to the Participant Information Sheet embedded as a link in the survey or if you have any questions, please contact Dr Kelly Jones on email: kelly.jones@flinders.edu.au

Complete the survey.

Developing and Maintaining Resilience in Social Work Practitioners

Key dates

Current to April 2020

Participants sought

I am seeking participants who:

  1. Are studying an AASW accredited Master of Social Work (Qualifying) degree, and approaching the end of their studies; and
  2. Reside in the vicinity of South East Queensland.

About

This research aims to explore and understand how social workers develop and maintain professional resilience. It seeks the experiences and perceptions of social work students, to understand how social work education shapes professional resilience development.

It is anticipated this research will increase our understanding of social work professional resilience and contribute towards the enhancement of social work education. By engaging in this research, you are contributing to your professional body of social work knowledge, and also influencing the broader social issues of social work attrition, wellbeing and service provision.

What is involved

This research involves one face-to-face interview which will take approximately 60 to 90 minutes. The interview can occur at a time and location, which is suitable and convenient to you.

How to get involved

If you would like more information about this research, please access the Recruitment Flyer, Participant Information Sheet and Consent Form via the below link:

https://dochub.com/hitchcockclarissa/Ba5Exy3/developing-and-maintaining-resilience-in-social-work-practitioners?dt=7fcfzJGMsetzjb6vrorL

Or contact Clarissa Hitchcock on c.hitchcock.10@student.scu.edu.au or 0403 353 441

Institution and investigator contact

Clarissa Hitchcock

Master of Arts and Social Sciences (Research) Candidate

Southern Cross University

Mobile: 0403 353 441

Email: c.hitchcock.10@student.scu.edu.au

Youth Suicide – What Guides Social Work Practice in Victorian Secondary Schools in Preventing and Responding to Youth Suicide?

Key dates

December, 2019 – February, 2020

Participants sought

Qualified social workers with at least two years experience working in a Victorian secondary school (state, Catholic, or independent).

About

This project aims to investigate how social workers are trained and equipped to manage suicidal young people in Victorian secondary schools. This will incorporate interviews with practitioners to explore how they navigate working with youth suicide in school contexts, and an analysis of policies provided by the Department of Education Victoria that guide practice for social workers.

What is involved

One 45-60 minute interview at a mutually suitable location, and a brief follow-up phone call.

How to get involved

Please contact Donna Teekens (see details below). Information explaining the project and what’s involved will be forwarded to prospective participants.

Institution and investigator contact

RMIT University

Donna Teekens

E: s3191372@student.rmit.edu.au (or dteekens@avilacollege.vic.edu.au)

M: 0412 536 436

Scoping referral pathways and accessibility factors for elder-mediation services across New South Wales

Key dates

Current - 20 Feb 2020

Participants sought

Members who are:

1. Are currently employed in health, aged care, social services, legal/justice sector and/or public sector in New South Wales; AND

2. Have some contact with older people (people over the age of 65 years or 45 years for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people) as part of their role.

About

The research study aims to better understand the existing referral pathways for elder-mediation services across NSW, and accessibility factors associated with these services. We hope to use information we get from this research to better inform professionals and the community about appropriate access to elder-mediation services.

What is involved

To complete an online questionnaire which will ask questions about awareness of elder-mediation services across NSW and existing referral pathways for these services.

How to get involved

Click on the following link: https://unsw.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e3ZebdtmPhZQSG1

Please note you can complete this survey even if you have no awareness of, or direct contact with, elder-mediation services.

The survey should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete.

Institution and investigator contact

Dr Craig Sinclair

Research Fellow, UNSW

c.sinclair@unsw.edu.au

(02) 9399 1095

Helping children who have experienced neglect

Key dates

Survey is live from November to 31 January 2020

Focus groups – likely to start in March 2020 and finish in May 2020

Participants sought

Any professional who works with children in the past 12 months, some of whom have experienced neglect.

About

Despite the prevalence of child neglect in our communities and its potential impacts on children, there is little research about if and how we can help children in their recovery.

This research aims to explore the experience and opinions of professionals who work with children who have experienced neglect. We ask them to think about one child (non-identified) they have worked with in the past 12 months, and about the focus of their work and what they have found helpful.

What is involved

Completing a 30-minute online survey - The survey asks non-identifying questions about children including questions about their presentation and your role. We also ask if you are interested in being contacted later about a focus group. No identifying information about the children or their families is sought.

Participating in a 2-hour multi-disciplinary focus group – Helping to develop a theory of change about how to help children recovery from the impacts of neglect.

Participants may just be interested in the survey or the focus group or both.

How to get involved

Click on Survey_Children and neglect_Professionals

Or contact Annette Jackson al3jackson@students.latrobe.edu.au

Institution and investigator contact

La Trobe University

Adj Associate Professor Annette Jackson (PhD candidate) al3jackson@students.latrobe.edu.au


Work-life conflict and enrichment experiences of Australian social workers: A ten year follow up study

Key dates

October 2019-January 31, 2020

Participants sought

I am seeking all members of the AASW who are currently in paid employment (full-time or part-time) to participate in this important study.

About

There is mounting evidence linking work-life imbalance to reduced health and well-being among individuals and families. This study is a 10-year follow-up study of members of the AASW with the aim to determine if there are significant changes in work-family conflict and enrichment experiences of social workers and its impact on their psychological health and wellbeing; job satisfaction and family satisfaction.

What is involved

The study involves completion of two online surveys that are three months apart. Each survey will take approximately 20 minutes of your time.

How to get involved

Please access the survey by clicking on the link below. You will find detailed participant information including your consent for participation.

https://acu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bmtz0cK40tNlhfD

Institution and investigator contact

Australian Catholic University

Dr Parveen Kalliath

Senior Lecturer and Course Coordinator

School of Allied Health (Social Work)

Email: parveen.kalliath@acu.edu.au

Tel: 02 6209 1125

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers