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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

Adjusting to Retirement

Key Dates

June 2017 - December 2017

Participants sought

Workers who are within 6 months of retiring.

About

We are looking for workers who are willing to take part in a research study that investigates the contribution of various social factors to adjustment during the retirement transition.

What is involved?

Completion of online surveys. Participation is voluntary.

As we wish to track your retirement experience, it involves completing three confidential and anonymous surveys asking about your workplace, retirement preparation, social relationships and sources of support and wellbeing. Each survey takes approximately 25-30 minutes of your time. Upon completion you will go into the draw to win Coles/Myer shopping vouchers. (Survey 1: 10 x $20 cards will be drawn; Survey 2: 10 x $30 cards will be drawn; Survey 3: 10 x $50 cards will be drawn).

How to get involved?

To participate please follow this link (or copy and paste the link in a browser):

https://uqpsych.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5dRuaCLVhoNr7yR

Institution and investigator contact

Researchers

Professor Catherine Haslam Phone: +61 7 3346 7565
School of Psychology The University of Queensland
St Lucia QLD 4072
Email Address: c.haslam@uq.edu.au

Dr Ben Lam, School of Psychology The University of Queensland
St Lucia QLD 4072
Email Address: ben.lam@uq.edu.au


Social workers' experiences of supervision and management

Key Dates

June 2017 - December 2017

Participants sought

Social workers working or who have worked in a public sector organisation in regional Western Australia and who have experience or are currently experiencing supervision in one form or another.

Employees of the Department of Corrective Services will be excluded from participating in the study, as they are work colleagues of the researcher.

About

The aim of this research is to find out how supervision and management is understood in the public sector in regional Western Australia from social work supervisees. I want to find out what supervisees think works well and what needs improving in the current arrangement of supervision and management.

What is involved?

Participation involves completing a 60 – 90 minute in-depth interview about participants’ experiences of supervision and management at a time and place convenient to the participant. The identity of participants will remain confidential with pseudonyms used at all times. Notes will be taken during the interview in the form of a lifeline scenario depicting supervision and management experiences from the start of a participant’s social work journey until the present time. It is anticipated that participants will tell narratives of their experiences during the interview and these will contribute significantly to the findings of the research. The interviews will be digitally recorded and transcribed by an experienced, qualified transcriber approved by the university ethics committee.

How to get involved?

To participate in the research participants will contact Helen Bradshaw on mobile 0435 584 551 or email to hbradsha@gmail.com where details about the research will be explained further and an information letter about the research process forwarded. Upon confirmation of interest, a date, time and place convenient to the participant will be arranged. If distance is a problem, Skype or telephone arrangements will be made. A consent form will need to be signed prior to the interview and arrangements to collect this will be made at the time of scheduling the interview.

Institution and investigator contact

Researchers

Helene Bradshaw Mobile: 0435584551
Email Address: hbradsha@gmail.com

Dr Marilyn Palmer, Edith Cowan University, Robertson Drive, Bunbury.
Telephone: 0897807778
Email Address: m.palmer@ecu.edu.au


Inter-professional Information Exchange: Exploring multidisciplinary information sharing in Australia

Key Dates

01 March 2017 – 31 July 2017

Participants sought

Qualified social workers working in any setting across Australia.

About

The purpose of this national study is to investigate inter-professional attitudes towards exchanging information with other professional groups. Insights gained from allied health professionals about their experiences – good and bad – will be used to understand multidisciplinary communication. Additionally, identifying how information sharing practices are applied to child protection and well-being information exchange. Narratives of professionals experiences will be gathered to demonstrate the factors that help those working on the front line to work more collaboratively in different settings.

What is involved?

Participation in this voluntary study involves completing a confidential and anonymous online survey asking about your opinions and experiences. The survey is expected to take approximately 10 -20 minutes of your time., and upon completion go into the draw to win a $50 Westfield voucher.

How to get involved?

To take part click on the link below:

https://acap.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2lD5SpwHDMUgcFD

For further information email the research team at infoexchangeresearch2017@gmail.com

Or visit the Information Exchange Research page at: https://www.facebook.com/InfoExchangeResearch2017/

Institution and investigator contact

Researchers:
Professor Lynne Harris, Australian College of Applied Psychology:
Lynne.Harris@acap.edu.au
Amelia Hawkins, Australian College of Applied Psychology:
infoexchangeresearch2017@gmail.com


Environmental Social Work: Experiences from the field

Key Dates

13 March 2017 to 30 June 2017

Participants sought

Participants for this proposed study will be social workers who identify as working from an environmental, ecological, green or sustainable social work perspective and are willing to share examples of practice. Participants will be employed full-time, part-time or on a casual basis, in social work specific or generic roles with any setting in Australia.

About

The purpose of this research is to gain an understanding of social work practice from an environmental, ecological, green or sustainable social work perspective. The research will focus primarily on examples of practice in the form of narratives provided by social workers who self-identify as incorporating an environmental perspective into their practice. The research will be used to demonstrate the successful incorporation of an environmental perspective into social work practice, and to identify factors that allow practitioners to practice environmental social work in the field.

What is involved?

A willingness to undertake a one-on-one multi-media (phone, skype etc.) or face-to-face interview in which participants share their experiences of environmental, ecological, green or sustainable social work. It is anticipated that each interview will last 60 – 90 minutes. Interviews will be held by at a time mutually agreeable to the participant and and the interviewer

How to get involved?

Please e-mail Dr Jennifer Boddy (j.boddy@griffith.edu.au) if you have any queries regarding participation and to express your interest in participating. In your email please state your field of practice and your interest in the area of environmental social work. An information sheet will be provided for your perusal.

Institution and investigator contact

Researchers:
Dr Jennifer Boddy, Griffith University ph: 07 5552 7706; j.boddy@griffith.edu.au
Sylvia Ramsay, Griffith University sylvia.ramsay@griffith.edu.au
Celeste Harris, Griffith University celeste.harris@griffithuni.edu.au
Shelley Stanley, Griffith University s.stanley@griffith.edu.au

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