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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

An investigation into workplace violence and psychosocial hazards for health workers who visit people in their homes

Key dates

We are currently recruiting and will continue until the end of September 2019

Participants sought

Any social workers or other health workers who visit any type of client group in their own homes


This research focuses on paid health professionals and welfare workers’ exposure to harmful or threatening behaviour from their clients. The dynamics involved in the caregiving relationship are unique for several reasons. The workplace is the care recipient’s place of residence. Workers who visit people in their own homes frequently perceive themselves as a ‘guest’ in the care recipient’s home or residence, and care recipients tend to be engaged in an ongoing consumer-support relationship. Care recipients are highly dependent upon the services provided by their assigned worker, however some workers may be routinely exposed to sources of workplace violence during the course of their duties. The home situation is more complex than many customer service interactions in other contexts where incidents of violence may arise. This project has ethics clearance from the University of Sydney: protocol number 2018/1004.

What is involved

Undertake an online survey designed to identify the prevalence of harmful or threatening behaviour and experiences of health workers.

How to get involved

Please access the survey and participant information statement at the following link:

Institution and investigator contact

The University of Sydney

Investigators: Atticus Maddox:

A/Prof Lynette Mackenzie:

An online platform for the Home Falls and Accidents Screening Tool (HOME FAST)

Key dates

Open now until the end of August 2019

Participants sought

Any social workers who visit older people in their homes


This project is seeking to test the online version of the HOME Falls and Accidents Screening Tool with health professionals who visit older people at home and would be in a position to identify hazards in the homes of older people. We invite you to trial the health professional version of this tool by following the instructions below.

What is involved

Instructions for testing the health professional version of the HOME FAST (HP)

Click and open this link


  1. Look for “ Screening Tool”, and click register

Screening Tool

  1. Click on “register” and answer the questions

Choose your membership

This will ensure you do not get charged

3. Start a new assessment after completed registration

(You can fill the comment boxes and add photographs if needed. Upon completion, you can download a result copy for reference).


Provide us with your feedback about this assessment

Click this link:


If you would like to participate in a phone interview or focus group, please complete the expression of interest by clicking on this link

How to get involved

Please undertake a trial of the health professional online HOME FAST. If you know of any older people with access to the internet, they would be welcome to trial the self-report version as well.

Institution and investigator contact

University of Sydney

A/Prof Lynette Mackenzie Tel 02 9351 9832

Culturally and linguistically diverse migrant and refugee students’ participation in and transition out of university studies and into the ‘caring professions’: What are the views of educators?

Key dates

Participate in our survey by the 30 July

Participants sought

• Disciplinary teaching staff (course tutors, course convenors, program convenors) in the key “caring” disciplines of psychology, social work, nursing and education; or

• Support staff (learning advisors, language experts, counsellors, equity practitioners); or

• Senior managers with responsibility for teaching and learning; and

• At least 12 months’ experience working for a university in either a teaching or professional role.


This project seeks to explore the perceptions, understandings and practices of university staff across Australia who work with domestic CALDM/R students (by which we mean any student with a CALD background who does not hold an international student visa but who arrived as a migrant or refugee) with regard to their engagement in their studies and their preparedness for for ‘transitioning out’ of higher education and into employment or further study that is commensurate with the studies they have recently completed. We are specifically interested in the experiences of academic educators who work in the ‘caring’fields of Education, Nursing, Social Work, and Psychology because we know that many CALDM/R students study in these disciplines with the intention of ‘giving back’ after resettling in countries like Australia.

What is involved

This invitation invites colleagues to participate in an online survey and, should they choose to, a follow-up face-to-face interview.

It should take approximately 20 minutes to complete the survey.

How to get involved

Survey link:

Institution and investigator contact

Dr. Sally Baker

School of Education, UNSW Sydney

Research Trial – Family Connectedness Practice Tool

Key dates

June – September 2019

Participants sought

20 Social workers who work with children, young people and families


Do you work with children, young people and families? Would you like to trial a new practice tool to help build family connectedness?

We are looking for social workers who work directly with children, young people and families to participate in a trial of a new practice tool to support family connectedness, which plays an important role in youth mental health. The practice tool outlines factors that are important for young people to feel connected to their family and can be used to identify what young people need, educate parents, and design interventions to build connectedness.

What is involved

Stage 1: Complete a short online survey to outline your area of practice and the kind of skills and knowledge you already use when helping connections within families and building positive family relationships.

Stage 2: Receive the Family Connectedness Practice Tool and up to one-hour of training in the tool - in person or via Skype/phone depending on your location.

Stage 3: Use the tool over the following two months whenever you feel it offers something useful to your practice.

Stage 4: Complete a final online survey to outline if the tool was useful in practice and the ways it was used.

At the end of the study you will receive an updated Practice Tool based on feedback from the trial for continued use in your practice.

How to get involved

If you are interested in finding out more about the research or being part of the trial please email the researcher Elise Woodman at

Institution and investigator contact

Australian Catholic University – Social Work Discipline

Dr Elise Woodman – Social Work Lecturer and Private Practitioner

Ph: (02) 6209 1511 (Monday and Friday only)

Attitudes to Ageing: Survey on perspectives of ageing

Key dates

Until 31 July 2019

Participants sought

Allied Health Clinicians, Students, General Public


Online Survey

What is involved

Hi everyone,

I’m doing a research project with Sydney University, looking into how clinicians and the general public view ageing.

If you have five minutes, I’d greatly appreciate if you may be able to complete this online survey:

It is part of a study looking at what clinicians and the general public think about ageing – to help understand why and how we have different concepts about what it means to grow older.

Thank you in advance; further information regarding the study is on the first page of the survey.

  • Dr Neil Jeyasingam BSc(Med),MBBS, MBus, MPsych, FRANZCP

- Old Age Psychiatrist, Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR)

How to get involved

Institution and investigator contact

Sydney University

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.


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

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

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