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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

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).


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:

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

Key dates

This study will be open until March 2019.

Participants sought

Participation is sought from social Workers who are currently eligible for membership of the AASW and providing health services in Australia in a wide range of settings including not for profit organisations, public and private hospitals, mental health services, community health services 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 15 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.

or via the AASW Website

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.

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

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