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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

Regulating Emotions in Daily Life after Trauma

Key dates

15 October – January 2022

Participants sought

Adults in Australia. Study will help improve C/PTSD treatment.

To be eligible, participants must: (1) currently be residing in Australia; (2) own an iPhone (iOS 8 or above) or an Android (Android 6.0 or above), which is NOT an Oppo or Huawei phone; (3) be comfortable installing and allowing notifications for the SEMA3 smartphone application; (4) have previously been exposed to a traumatic event

We are aiming for a mix of people with and without PTSD symptoms

You are also welcome to share this study with clients/people that you may work with

About

Help us improve PTSD treatment AND learn about how you respond to your emotions! This research project aims to understand how people who have been exposed to trauma manage their emotions in daily life. In this study, participants sign up to receive surveys twice a day on their smartphone, which ask questions about mood and strategies used to manage emotions. With this information, we hope to better understand what people do to regulate the way they feel, how trauma might affect this, and use it to inform PTSD treatment.

At the end of the study, you will be sent a link where you can access your responses. This may show patterns in how you’ve managed your emotions throughout the study period.

PTSD symptoms are NOT required and no specific information is asked about the nature of the traumatic event(s).

What is involved

Eligibility Screening (10-20 minutes)

An online Qualtrics survey to confirm you meet our eligibility criteria.

To be eligible, participants must: (1) currently be residing in Australia; (2) own an iPhone (iOS 8 or above) or an Android (Android 6.0 or above), which is NOT an Oppo or Huawei phone; (3) be comfortable installing and allowing notifications for the SEMA3 smartphone application; (4) have previously been exposed to a traumatic event

**You do not have to provide any details of the trauma. PTSD symptoms are not required**

The Study: SRB + Smartphone surveys

Once found eligible, the study involves two main tasks:

  1. Completing the self-report booklet (SRB) on Qualtrics (25-40 minutes). The SRB has several surveys that ask about your mental health, trauma related symptoms, attitudes and beliefs about emotion, and demographic information.
  2. Answering daily smartphone surveys. For 7 days, you’ll receive a series of very short smartphone surveys asking questions about your emotions. Scheduled surveys will be sent 2 times per day and should only take about 2-3 minutes to complete. You’ll also complete the same survey if you experience an intrusion, or unwanted memory.

10 Weeks later, you’ll repeat these previous two steps. You’ll do the same self-report booklet and then complete another 7 days of the smartphone surveys.

How to get involved

Complete the eligibility screening here : https://melbourneuni.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5bDNXRPiczGgXL8

For more information about the study, you can contact Hope O’Brien at hoob@unimelb.edu.au.

Institution and investigator contact

Hope O’Brien (PhD student), University of Melbourne
Supervised by: Kim Felmingham, University of Melbourne
Independent evaluation of digital mental health services & Independent evaluation of Head to Health website

Key dates

8/12/2021 – 8/2/2022

Participants sought

Social Workers in Australia who provide or refer clients to mental health services

About

Do you provide, or refer clients/patients, to receive mental health services?

We would like you to take part in a short online survey about the role and effectiveness of the Head to Health website and the role and effectiveness of supported digital mental health services (services that are delivered online via desktop computers and include the option of receiving support from a therapist). We are interested in your views and experiences even if you have not used the Head to Health website and do not provide, or refer consumers to, digital mental health services.

The project is led by Dr Bridget Bassilios (Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne) and has been approved by the University’s Human Research Ethics Committee.

Your views will help us understand whether the Head to Health website has had an impact on you and your clients/patients, and how the website can be improved. Your experience will also help us understand the barriers and enablers to using supported digital mental health services, and how service provision could be improved and better integrated into Australia’s mental health system

What is involved

Participation in the survey should take no longer than 15 minutes total

How to get involved

If you would like to know more or to complete the survey, please click on this link

Institution and investigator contact

The project is led by Dr Bridget Bassilios (Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne).

Contact details: Phone: +61 3 8344 0662, email: b.bassilios@unimelb.edu.au

Behaviour Support: Provision by Australian disability service providers

Key dates

25 November – 20 December 2021

Participants sought

To be eligible to participate you must be over the age of 18 and currently developing/writing individualised behaviour support interventions for people with disabilities (including cognitive impairment) in community settings in Australia.

About

The purpose of this survey is to build an understanding of who is developing/writing individual behaviour support interventions for people living with disabilities (including cognitive impairment) in community settings in Australia.

What is involved

You will be asked demographic information, including your professional and work roles, and then be asked a series of questions relating to your experience in behaviour support, including developing/writing behaviour support interventions and your current practice. The data will then be used in the future to compare with responses at different time points in order to track the development of behaviour support practices within Australia over time.

The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

How to get involved

Complete the online questionnaire using the link below:

https://qualtrics.flinders.edu.au/jfe/form/SV_01GnQTU9jvQpy74

Institution and investigator contact

Dr Alinka Fisher

Disability and Community Inclusion College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Flinders University, South Australia. Ph: +61 82012576

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

Key dates

25 November – 31 March 2022

Participants sought

Social Workers from Queensland Hospitals

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 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

University of the Sunshine Coast

Principal investigator/PhD student: Bernadette Dimla
E: Bernadette.Dimla@research.usc.edu.au
Mob. 0407 147 829
Research Supervisors:
Prof. Denise Wood – University of the Sunshine Coast

Exploring end-of-life decision-making in the Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit. What do health professionals know about the law and how is it applied?

Key dates

12 October – 15 December 2021

Participants sought

Queensland members with experience supporting end-of-life decision-making

About

This study explores health professionals knowledge and understanding of the law that underpins end-of-life decision-making in Queensland. It also looks at the factors that influence application of the law. As social workers frequently support families of patients who lack decision-making capacity when these decisions are being made, we’re keen to hear their views. Findings from this study will inform the development of strategies that support health professionals understanding of the law, increase confidence in clinical decision-making and improve end-of-life care experiences for patients and their families

What is involved

Participants are invited to complete an online survey. It will take approximately 20 minutes.

How to get involved

Please click on the link below to access the survey

https://prodsurvey.rcs.griffith.edu.au/prodls200/index.php/113952?lang=en

Institution and investigator contact

Gold Coast Health and Hospital Service and Griffith University
Dr Jayne Hewitt
Phone 07 555 27702

Exploring practitioner understanding of their relationship with the infant in, or at risk of being in, out of home care

Key dates

August 2021 – February 2022

Participants sought

If you are a practitioner who has worked or are currently working with families with infants (0-2) who is in or at risk of being in out of home care, you are invited to participate in this research project

About

This PhD research seeks an understanding of how the practitioner experiences their relationship with the infant in or at risk of being in out of home care with who they work. The research also seeks to explore an infant-led exploration of the role of the organisation where the practitioner works.

It is anticipated that the research will provide a clearer identification and contextualisation of the relational practices that are present or overlooked in the support of the practitioner as they support infants. There is also an expectation that attention will need to turn more deliberately to policies, programs, and targeted training to address matters confronted by the practitioner and the organsiations to increase capacity to support the infant and their care systems. The research, therefore, seeks to explore the place for attuned responses within relationships for the infant from the practitioner and for the practitioner from the organisations.

What is involved

You will be asked to complete an interview with Ms Robyn Kemble, a member of the research team. The interview may be done in-person at a private space of your choosing or online at a mutually convenient time, and, with your permission, the interview will be audio-recorded.

The interview will take approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes and will ask questions such as: What is your understanding of your relationship with the infant/s you work with? And what is your understanding of your practice skills and knowledge in your work with the infants?

How to get involved

If you are interested in being involved, please email Robyn Kemble at her research email robyn.kemble@research.usc.edu.au

Institution and investigator contact

University of the Sunshine Coast

PhD Student researcher - Robyn Kemble on above email

Research Supervisor – Dr. Dyann Ross – d.ross@usc.edu.au

This project has been approved by the University of the Sunshine Coast HREC.

Supporting carers’ navigation of older adults’ care transitions to the community

Key dates

10/08/2021 to 20/12/2021

Participants sought

Social workers
To participate: the social worker should be:
  • Employed at a healthcare organisation in any Australian state or territory
  • Providing discharge and transitional care to older adult patients (aged 60 years and above)

About

Background: We are conducting a research project about discharge and transitional care for older adults and for their family/carers. As part of this project, we would like to interview ten health/social care practitioners (practitioners) about their experiences of providing discharge and transitional care that includes the older adult’s family/carers.

Ultimately, we intend to develop resources to improve support for carers. Interviews with practitioners will assist us to understand what assists them to include carers in discharge and transitional care for older people and what the barriers are to this care.

What is involved

Each interview will take no more than 30 minutes, will be conducted at a time suitable to the interviewee, and it will be conducted by telephone. Participation in the study is voluntary. The research project has been funded by the Australian Association of Gerontology.

How to get involved

Interested participants should contact Jacqui Allen for more information about the study

Institution and investigator contact

Monash University
0427 940 794

This project has been approved by Monash Health HREC

Comportment, Contention, and Conflict: Identity and Role Dynamics Experienced by Bilingual-Bicultural Social Work Practitioners in Australian Practice Contexts.

Key dates

01/07/2021 to 01/12/21

Participants sought

Qualified social workers with 2+ years of experience, who identify as bilingual-bicultural social work practitioners, who work intra-culturally within an ethno-specific and/or mainstream services, working with their own communities and using their cultural and linguistic skills and knowledge in their practice.

About

The project seeks to understand the lived experiences of professionally qualified Social Workers, who are bilingual-bicultural, and how the intersection of dynamics such as; identity, culture, role and position impact their daily work and practices in working within their own ethno-specific communities.

Aims:

1) To give voice to the lived experiences of bilingual-bicultural social workers who do practice within and across their own non-dominant cultural communities.

2) To explore such practitioner experiences as: potential cultural tensions and/or conflicts within their professional communities, tensions or conflicts between mainstream professional practice expectations and cultural considerations, professional/cultural senses of identity and affiliation, and role-bound identity of being a cultural insider-outsider.

What is involved

Participation in: 1) a virtual Semi-Structured Individual Interview of 45-60 minutes duration, and 2) option to participate in a virtual Focus Group.

Your participation will contribute to the understanding of bilingual-bicultural social work practitioners lived experiences of role, identities, expectations and insider-outsider dynamics of your daily practice.

How to get involved

Please contact Student Researcher: Tania Ciotti
PhD Candidate

Institution and investigator contact

Student Researcher: Tania Ciotti (PhD Candidate)
Swinburne University
Principal Supervisor: Dr Carolyn Beasley
Swinburne University

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