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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

The Helpfulness of Interventions for Depression: An Evaluation of Health Professionals’ Views

Key dates

This study will be open until 17 May 2019.

Participants sought

Participation is sought from Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, and General Practitioners.

About

The aim of this research is to explore a range of health practitioners’ attitudes towards the helpfulness of interventions for depression.

The data collected will be presented in Ms Georgia Nicoll’s Masters dissertation, towards the Master of Clinical Psychology (Charles Sturt University).

Analysis will explore whether differences in attitudes regarding the helpfulness of interventions will exist amongst different health professions, and whether length of practice of the profession impacts attitudes.

What is involved

Participation is through an anonymous online survey, and is anticipated to take approximately 15 minutes.

How to get involved

Please access the Research Project Information Sheet, and the survey.

Institution and investigator contact

Chief investigator for this study is:

Ms Georgia Nicoll

M Clinical Psychology Candidate

School of Psychology

Charles Sturt University

Bathurst, NSW, Australia

P: 0408 193 732

E: grnicoll@gmail.com

Supervisor for this study is:

Dr Stephanie Quinton

School of Psychology

Charles Sturt University

Bathurst, NSW, Australia

P: 02 6338 6118

E: squinton@csu.edu.au

If you would like any further information about the study, or a copy of the Research Project Information Sheet, you are welcome to contact the researchers (above).

Calling all RMIT social work graduates! Social Work Futures Survey

Key dates

13 November 2018 – 31 January 2019

Participants sought

RMIT Graduates: from all Social Work programs between 2008 and 2017.

About

We are conducting a research project that explores the career journeys of graduates of our Bachelor and Masters programs. We are interested in understanding the nature of your work and the challenges and opportunities you see facing contemporary social work practice.

What is involved

To do this we are asking for your help in completing a short survey to map our graduates’ employment outcomes. You will also be asked questions about your perceptions of your educational experience and contemporary practice experience.

How to get involved

To access the participant information and survey please click on the link below: Social Work Futures Survey

If after reading the participant information you decide not to complete the survey just close the screen.

We are offering an incentive to complete this survey. If you complete the survey prior to November 30 2018 and provide a contact email address at the end of the survey, your email address will be included in a group from which one email address will be randomly selected. The person whose email address is selected will receive $300.

Please forward this message to any other RMIT graduates you may know. The more participants we have, the better we understand the ways in which contemporary social work practice and education support successful social work futures.

Institution and investigator contact

The Principal Investigators for this project are:

Dr Angelika Papadopoulos
RMIT University
angelika.papadopoulos@rmit.edu.au

Associate Professor Ronnie Egan
RMIT University
ronnie.egan@rmit.edu.au

The research has been approved by RMIT’s Design and Social Context College Human Ethics Advisory Network (approval number: CHEAN B 21711-09/18)

Exploring the diversity of social work practice responses to domestic violence against women

Key dates

The survey will be open from 1st October 2018 until 31st December 2018.

Participants sought

Participation is sought from social Workers who are currently eligible for membership of the AASW and providing health services in Australia including public and private hospitals, mental health services, community health services, not for profit organizations as well as accredited health and mental health social workers in private practice.

About

The study is requesting feedback from social workers to identify what informs their responses when working with women who have experienced domestic violence in terms of training, supervision, organisational policy and experience to understand what guides professional social work practice with women who receive social work assistance for domestic violence.

What is involved

You can participate in the study by completing an anonymous online survey, which will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. This is the first part of the study and you may wish to submit your responses to the questionnaire and end your participation at this stage.

At the end of the survey you will be invited to participate further and progress to stage two of the study by expressing your interest in attending an individual interview (in person, by phone or Skype) to explore these matters further.

How to get involved

Information for potential participants, consent form and the questionnaire can be accessed via this link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7W5JYZG

Institution and investigator contact

Principal investigator for the study is:
Vera Hempel, MSW, GDRC, BSW, BA.
PhD Candidate College of Arts, Society and Education, JCU.
Vera.Hempel@my.jcu.edu.au

Supervisors for the study are:
Associate Professor Debra Miles, PhD, MSW, BSW
College of Arts, Society and Education, JCU.
Debra.Miles@JCU.edu.au

Associate Professor Susan Gair, PhD, GCTT, PG Cert Writing, BSW (Hons.)
College of Arts, Society and Education, JCU.
Susan.Gair@JCU.edu.au

The Psychological Health and Wellbeing of Australian Healthcare Professionals

Key dates

This study will be open until March 2019.

Participants sought

You are eligible to participate in this study because you reside in Australia, are over 18 years of age, and have worked as a healthcare professional providing care and/or intervention for anyone within Australia in the last five years.

About

The purpose of this study is to examine the possible predictors of healthcare professionals’ positive and negative psychological outcomes associated with their work. The results of the present study could increase our understanding of the factors influencing the psychological wellbeing of Australia’s healthcare workforce, and inform interventions to support these individuals.

What is involved

You will be asked to complete an anonymous online survey examining professional quality of life, psychological distress, job satisfaction, resilience, and coping. The survey will also ask that you provide some general demographic information about yourself, and is expected to take approximately 30-45 minutes to complete. Your submission of the survey will imply consent.

How to get involved

You can access the survey and further information.

Institution and investigator contact

This study is being conducted by Dr Kimberley Norris and Katelyn Cragg within the Division of Psychology at the University of Tasmania. Dr Kimberley Norris is the Chief Investigator on this project.

If you have any questions or concerns about this study, please do not hesitate to contact us:

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers