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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

Survey of Dementia Care

Key Dates

The survey is open for completion from 20/07/2017 to the 30/09/2017

Participants sought

Social workers who are currently working, or have worked in the past 12 months, in a clinical setting with people with dementia and/or their family or informal carers

About

We aim to survey allied health clinicians across the nation who work with people with dementia and their informal carers or family members, to investigate the level of care given to people with dementia and determine any barriers to the quality of care. The results will be valuable in advancing the clinical and research training of professionals working in the area of dementia care.

What is involved?

If you agree to participate, you will be asked to complete an on-line survey through survey software Qualtrics. You will be presented with a series of questions regarding the assessment, treatment and care of people with dementia, and also asked to enter non-identifiable demographic information. Full information can be found in the link below.

How to get involved?

You can complete the survey by following the link below:
https://uonpsychology.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3Jd1QYBt6VOqDjL

Institution and investigator contact

This research is being completed as part of a Psychology Honours project by Jayde Noble, under supervision of Dr Michelle Kelly, School of Psychology, University of Newcastle.

For further information or to be added to the contact list of results, please contact Michelle.Kelly@newcastle.edu.au


Social work field educators' experiences of and attitudes towards supervising international students

Key Dates

25th July to 30th September

Participants sought

Field educators of international social work students on placement

About

This study explores the experiences of social work field educators when supervising international students. It aims to understand the specialised training needs of field educators and develop additional professional development resources for them when supervising international students.

What is involved?

Participants complete a short anonymous online survey. We also ask field educators to forward the link provided below to any of their colleagues who supervise international social work students on placement.

How to get involved?

The survey can be accessed at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TT7F9VK and should take no longer than 15-20 minutes to complete.

Institution and investigator contact

Dr. Averil Grieve: averil.grieve@monash.edu
Dr. Bella Ross: bella.ross@monash.edu
Monash University, Department of Social Work


What predicts resilience in frontline workers? Tell us what you think

Key Dates

Study opens: 4 July 2017
Study closes: 30 September 2017

Participants sought

Seeking qualified social workers currently employed in Australia

About

The workplace is becoming an increasingly stressful environment. Given the significant level of stressors in frontline roles (roles that require direct contact with clients), it is unsurprising that at times, employees can find it harder to be resilient. It is therefore paramount that we understand the factors that facilitate resilience among these workers, so that employees can experience a sense of meaning and challenge, without feeling overextended. We are a group of resilience researchers from Macquarie University interested in supporting employee wellbeing. Our study is aimed at better understanding resilience in the frontline workforce, and we need your support to do this. Please help us by completing this short survey.

What is involved?

If you decide to participate, you will be asked to complete an online survey that takes approximately 15 minutes. The survey will ask questions regarding how connected you feel to your profession, the demands that you experience at work, your wellbeing, and experience of symptoms related to burnout, anxiety and depression. All responses are anonymous and confidential.

To thank you for your participation in the survey, there are 10 x $50 Coles/Myer gift-cards to be won.

How to get involved?

Follow the link (press control + click):

https://mqedu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1FYHQ6vI5uj22sl

Institution and investigator contact

Dr. Monique Crane and Justine Tesoriero
justine.tesoriero@students.mq.edu.au
Macquarie University


Professional Attitudes Towards Problem Gambling

Key Dates

3 August 2017 - 3 November 2017

Participants sought

Qualified Social Workers in Australia

About

This research is looking at attitudes and beliefs towards problem gambling by professionals. It is hoped that this research will provide good insight into the understandings of attitudes towards problem gambling, leading to knowledge and evidence base for training and educational programs for health professionals and anti-stigma policies and strategies.

What is involved?

You will be required to complete an anonymous online survey.

The survey should take about 20 minutes. You will also have the option to go into a draw to win 1 of 15 $50 Coles/Myer vouchers.

How to get involved?

Follow the link (press control + click):
https://deakinpsychology.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9mhnRi7TgEWuZTv

Institution and investigator contact

A/P Nicki Dowling, Effie Chen,
A/P Petra Staiger & Professor Lina Riccaridelli
Deakin University
Zifei@deakin.edu.au


Environmental Social Work: Experiences from the field

Key Dates

13 March 2017 to December 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


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

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers