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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

Assessing the informational and decision-support needs of people with problematic alcohol use and co-morbid depression

Key dates

Survey is open from 16 May 2019 – 31 August 2019

Participants sought

  1. Qualified health professionals practising in Australia (e.g., social workers, psychologists, counsellors, GPs, psychiatrists) who
  2. Treat and/or manage patients/clients with problematic alcohol use and co-occurring depression in the primary care or generalist settings, alcohol and other drug use or mental healthcare specialist settings.

About

Decision-making about early interventions and treatments for problematic alcohol use and co-occurring (co-morbid) depression can be challenging.

Clinicians are increasingly encouraged to involve patients as active participants in their healthcare, but at present we have limited understanding of the decision-support needs of people with problematic alcohol use and co-morbid depression in the early intervention and treatment settings.

To this end, researchers are assessing the unmet needs for information and decision-making support amongst people with problematic alcohol use and co-morbid depression.

What is involved

Participants will complete an online survey, taking approximately 20 minutes to complete.

The survey includes questions asking about: i) your professional practice experience and training, ii) the main types of treatment decisions your patients/clients face, iii) what challenges your patients/clients typically face when making these decisions, and iv) recommendations for resources to better support your patients/clients’ decision-making.

How to get involved

Complete the survey.

Read over the Participant Information Sheet, complete the consent form, and online survey questions

Institution and investigator contact

Dr Alana Fisher

02 8627 8268 or a.fisher@sydney.edu.au

The Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use, The University of Sydney.

The experiences of international social work graduates transitioning to professional practice

Key dates

Surveys are open April 1 – June 30 2019

Interviews July 1 – September 30 2019

Participants sought

International graduates of an Australian social work program – including those remaining in Australia and those continuing their mobility to other countries.

The research also includes graduates who are currently employed and/or actively seeking employment that is related to their social work study.

About

This research aims to map the outcomes of international graduates of an Australian social work program, and to understand the social influences on these outcomes. This is the first known research to explore international student outcomes specifically for those of social work graduates.

The research will explore the social positioning of a changing graduate cohort in relation to employment availability, employment satisfaction, social and professional support, and the experiences of early practice

What is involved

The research involves two stages of data collection.

The first is an anonymous online survey which should take no more than 10 minutes to complete.

At the end of the survey participants will be asked if they would like to take part in an optional, one-on-one interview with the PhD student to elaborate on survey findings. Interviews can take place in person or online and are expected to take approximately one hour to complete.

How to get involved

Participant information letter and link to survey.

Institution and investigator contact

Lana Battaglia
PhD Candidate
Department of Social Work
Monash University

Lana.Battaglia@monash.edu

Dr Catherine Flynn
Supervisor
Department of Social Work
Monash University

Catherine.Flynn@monash.edu

Choice and Self-Determination under the NDIS: Impacts on Social Work Service Provision and Practice in NSW

Key dates

The survey will be open from the 19 March to 1 June 2019

Participants Sought

Social workers who, through their practice, have had experience with the NDIS in NSW.

Participation is inclusive of all social workers across the human service system, not only those working within disability specialist organisations.

About

This research project investigates social work perspectives on how the NDIS conceptualises choice and self-determination and how this impacts service provision and practice in NSW.

The themes explored in the study include the relationship between choice and power for service users; the prioritisation of the free market agenda; service user physical and mental capacity for choice; and the issue of informed choice for service users.

It is expected that findings from the study will: highlight how understandings of choice and self-determination impact practice; where tensions with the NDIS lie; and opportunities for improvements in disability service provision.

What is involved

The first part of the study involves completing an online survey which should take no more than 30 minutes to complete.

At the end of the survey, you will be invited to participate in the second part of the study, an opt-in face-to-face or phone interview. This interview will give you a chance to further explore the themes from the survey.

How to get involved

The participant information letter and survey is available.

Institution and investigator contact

Charlotte Bailey
Undergraduate Social Work Honours Student
charlotte.bailey@myacu.edu.au

Supervisors for the Study:
Prof. Debbie Plath
Head of Social Work Discipline
School of Allied Health, Australian Catholic University
debbie.plath@acu.edu.au

Alankaar Sharma
Social Work Lecturer
School of Allied Health, Australian Catholic University
alankaar.sharma@acu.edu.au

Knowledge, comfort, approaches, attitudes and practices of rehabilitation professionals in addressing sexuality in stroke survivors

Key dates

The study will be open until May 2019

Participants sought

Participation is sought from social workers, psychologists, rehabilitation counsellors, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech pathologists, physicians and nurses who

  • have worked in non-acute stroke care for at least 6 months;
  • have had at least a percentage of his/ her caseload in stroke care;
  • are fluent in written English; and
  • have worked (in a paid or voluntary capacity) in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, USA, Canada, UK, Ireland or South Africa for at least 6 months in the past 5 years.

About

The aim is to investigate the current knowledge, comfort, approaches, attitudes and practices of rehabilitation professionals in addressing sexuality in stroke survivors. These findings may then be used to inform the development of resources and training programs to support health professionals to assist their clients with their sexuality.

What is involved

Participation is via an anonymous online survey which is expected to take 15-20 minutes to complete.

How to get involved

The participant information statement and survey are available.

Institution and investigator contact

If you would like further information, please contact Michelle Low, Honours Student, at mlow8313@uni.sydney.edu.au or Dr Margaret McGrath, Honours supervisor and Senior Lecturer, at Margaret.Mcgrath@sydney.edu.au.

Social work with interpreters in the disability sector: Developing practice guidelines

Key dates

This study will be open until June 2019

Participants sought

Eligible participants will have received a Bachelor or Masters (Qualifying) of Social Work. Participants must have experience of working with professional language interpreters in their social work practice where an interpreter has been employed to assist in a client interaction. The participant’s experience of working with an interpreter must have occurred in the disability sector. We refer to the disability sector as any private, government or community organisations or parts of organisations that provide disability services and/or funds. Participants may have experience working with in-person interpreters or employing interpretation services through telephone or video interpreting.

About

The study aims to better understand social workers’ experiences of working with professional language interpreters in the disability sector, and develop practice guidelines for future social work with interpreters. It is hoped that with the benefit of this study, we can better understand and improve social work with interpreters and enhance service delivery for linguistically diverse clients.

What is involved

Participants will be interviewed for 30 to 60 minutes regarding their experiences working with interpreters to assist in developing practice guidelines.

How to get involved

For further information, contact the student researcher (shona.connor@myacu.edu.au)

Institution and investigator contact

This study is part Shona Connor’s Honours research project for her Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) at ACU Brisbane, and is being supervised by Associate Professor Joanna Zubrzycki and Dayle Foreman.

Chief Investigator: Associate Professor Joanna Zubrzycki (Joanna.Zubrzycki@acu.edu.au)

Co-Investigator: Shona Connor (shona.connor@myacu.edu.au)

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

Supervisor for this study is:

Dr Stephanie Quinton
School of Psychology
Charles Sturt University
Bathurst, NSW, Australia
P: 02 6338 6118

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).

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