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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

Exploring practitioner understanding of their relationship with the infant in, or at risk of being in, out of home care

Key dates

29/04/2022 – 30/06/2022

Participants sought

If you are a practitioner who has worked or are currently working with families with infants (0-2) who is in or at risk of being in out of home care, you are invited to participate in this research project

About

This PhD research seeks an understanding of how the practitioner experiences their relationship with the infant in or at risk of being in out of home care with who they work. The research also seeks to explore an infant-led exploration of the role of the organisation where the practitioner works.

It is anticipated that the research will provide a clearer identification and contextualisation of the relational practices that are present or overlooked in the support of the practitioner as they support infants. There is also an expectation that attention will need to turn more deliberately to policies, programs, and targeted training to address matters confronted by the practitioner and the organsiations to increase capacity to support the infant and their care systems. The research, therefore, seeks to explore the place for attuned responses within relationships for the infant from the practitioner and for the practitioner from the organisations.

What is involved

You will be asked to complete an interview with Ms Robyn Kemble, a member of the research team. The interview may be done in-person at a private space of your choosing or online at a mutually convenient time, and, with your permission, the interview will be audio-recorded.

The interview will take approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes and will ask questions such as: What is your understanding of your relationship with the infant/s you work with? And what is your understanding of your practice skills and knowledge in your work with the infants?

How to get involved

If you are interested in being involved, please email Robyn Kemble at her research email robyn.kemble@research.usc.edu.au

Institution and investigator contact

University of the Sunshine Coast

PhD Student researcher - Robyn Kemble on above email

Research Supervisor – Dr. Dyann Ross – d.ross@usc.edu.au

This project has been approved by the University of the Sunshine Coast HREC.

Nature-based allied health

Key dates

10/06/2022 – 31/08/2022

Participants sought

Social workers who are registered in Australia

About

We are surveying Australian registered social workers who are interested in nature-based interventions (including the use of outdoor spaces, nature virtual reality, and indoor nature-based therapies). We aim to determine how social workers use and want to use these interventions, what the perceived benefits are, what the challenges are, and how social workers use nature-based interventions for their own health and wellbeing. We hope this research will inform recommendations for education, practice, policy and future research – to help practitioners deliver benefits to patients/ clients.

What is involved

Participation is voluntary and involves completing a questionnaire that will take approximately 10-15 minutes.

How to get involved

If you are interested in helping us by participating, please go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NatureBasedAlliedHealth

Institution and investigator contact

The University of Adelaide, Jessica Stanhope 08 8313 2063 jessica.stanhope@adelaide.edu.au

Enhancing healthy and sustainable communities: An environmental practice response in human services

Key dates

01/05/2022 – 24/06/2022

Participants sought

  • Current and past human services workers (practitioners, administrative and support staff) including social workers, psychologists, counsellors, OTs, etc. both AASW Members and non-members
  • Students in the human services

About

Human service professionals are increasingly dealing with the consequences of climate change as part of everyday practice. This ground-breaking national research seeks to gain an understanding of the insights, knowledge, and experiences of human service professionals for developing Environmental Practice, also called an EcoSocial Approach.

The project has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee at Charles Sturt University (Protocol no. H22038).

What is involved

This research has two stages:

  1. Online Survey: Participants will complete an anonymous online survey (approx. 15 minutes) about their views on the environment as it relates to them, their practice and their organisation. Participants may exit the survey at any time. It is not expected that participants will experience any stress, discomfort, or other risks by taking part in the survey

Focus Groups: at the end of the survey, participants have the option to nominate for participation in a focus group using the Zoom platform. This is not compulsory.

How to get involved

Visit the following link to access the Participant Information Statement and survey consent: www.research.net/r/HS_EnviroPractice

Please direct any question to the below investigators

Institution and investigator contact

This research is being conducted by researchers at Charles Sturt University and RMIT University.

Chief Investigator, Dr Heather Boetto (hboetto@csu.edu.au)
Research Assistant, Monique Shephard (mshephard@csu.edu.au)

Understanding the barriers to child-centred recordkeeping in child protection contexts

Key dates

26/4/22 – 30/7/22

Participants sought

  • Social work students, especially those with an interest in child and family work
  • Child protection and family support practitioners or case workers
  • Social work curriculum developers

About

Recordkeeping researchers at Monash University and the University of South Australia are conducting a research study to understand the barriers to child-centred recordkeeping in child protection contexts.

If you are a social work student, social work curriculum developer, or child protection/family support practitioner or case worker, then we want to hear from you.

Your participation (in either an interview, focus group or survey) will help improve our understanding of how child protection workers are prepared for case recording in their training and how child-centred recordkeeping could be supported.

Participation in the study will be confidential and will be a valuable addition to our research. Findings may lead to better and fairer recordkeeping systems for children involved in child protection systems.

The study has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee at Monash University (Application ID: 31759) and the University of South Australia (Application ID: 204524).

What is involved

  1. Social work students:

Participation in a focus group. This will take approximately 1-2 hours and will either be held on campus or via Zoom.

OR

Completion of a Student survey by following this link: https://monash.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0kaoqMY5IJTUZYa

  1. Child protection/family support practitioners or case workers:

Participation in an interview. The interview would take approximately 45 minutes. Interviews can be conducted in person at a location that suits you or via Zoom/telephone.

OR

Completion of a Practitioner/Case Worker survey by following this link: https://monash.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e9vjoCwf6oSOcd0

  1. Social work curriculum developers:

Participation in an interview. The interview would take approximately 45 minutes. Interviews can be conducted in person at a location that suits you or via Zoom/telephone.

How to get involved

Either click on the survey links provided above (for surveys) or contact Dr Martine Hawkes on details provided below (for interviews/focus groups/more information):

Institution and investigator contact

Monash University and University of South Australia (Australian Centre for Child Protection)

Research Fellow/investigator contact:

Dr Martine Hawkes – martine.hawkes@unisa.edu.au

Chief Investigators:

Associate Professor Joanne Evans: https://research.monash.edu/en/persons/joanne-evans

Barbara Reed: https://research.monash.edu/en/persons/barbara-reed

Learning from the COVID-19 Pandemic: Understanding Experiences of Social Workers Operating in Mental Health in Australia

Key dates

25/03/2022 – 31/12/2022

Participants sought

  • You are eligible for AASW membership.
  • You have worked at any time during the COVID-19 pandemic in a mental health service setting (public or private organisation, hospital, community practice setting etc) anywhere in Australia.

About

In early 2020 the world was brought to a standstill by the unprecedented spread of COVID-19, and has since impacted the wellbeing of many who have been in isolation and lockdowns. This unique global phenomenon has resulted in a rise of concern for the mental wellbeing of populations and an increased need for mental health services The pandemic has challenged traditional methods and skills of face-to-face (or in-person) work with service users, leading to increased use of Information Communication Technologies (ICTs).

This mixed methods study = explores Australian social worker experiences’ of mental health service delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic, The research will give us an in-depth understanding of practitioner experiences and intends to develop a ‘skill inventory’ for pandemic proof practice.

The exploration of Australian experiences will help identify the specialist and practical skills needed for current and future practice while laying the foundations for future in-depth research into this topic area. The findings may also have impact for universities, organisations and policy and practice.

What is involved

The study involves two stages.

Stage 1. Online Survey

Complete an online survey that explores 6 areas of social work practice. The survey will take approximately 20- 30 minutes to complete d

Stage 2. Focus Discussion Group

At the end of survey, you will be invited to participate in a focus discussion group (if you desire) to further discuss the challenges experienced and strategies adopted to practice during COVID-19.

Participation in both stages is completely voluntary. - Participation in the survey does not compel you to participate in the focus group discussion.

How to get involved

Copy and paste the link below onto your web browser to access the survey, participation information letter and consent form.

https://acu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0DIOk9ZkJA54K1M

Please direct any questions to below contacts

Institution and investigator contact

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

Kimberley Musarurwa (Social Work Honours Student Researcher)

Kimberley.musarurwa@myacu.edu.au

Dr Aniqa Farwa (Principal Investigator and Student Supervisor)

aniqa.farwa@acu.edu.au

Dr Sera Harris (Co-Investigator and Student Supervisor)

Sera.harris@acu.edu.au

Social Worker Perspectives on Working with Men who have Experienced Child Sexual Abuse

Key dates

27/4/2022 – 15/11/2022

Participants sought

Social workers located anywhere in Australia, both AASW members and non-members, who have completed a social work qualification (BSW or MSW), and have professional experience of working with men survivors of child sexual abuse.

About

The purpose of this research study is to explore and understand social workers’ perspectives on working with male survivors of CSA in Australia. The researchers are interested in learning about the contexts in which social workers meet and work with men survivors of CSA, the theoretical ideas and practice models that social workers rely on when working with men survivors, and what challenges influence their work with men survivors.

What is involved

Social workers with professional experience of working with adult men survivors of child sexual abuse will be interviewed about their perspectives and professional experiences. You will be asked to participate in one interview (45-60 mins) that will take place online by Zoom. Participation is completely voluntary and confidential.

How to get involved

Please email student researcher Amelia Craig at amelia.craig@myacu.edu.au

Institution and investigator contact

Dr. Alankaar Sharma (Chief Investigator)

Senior Lecturer in Social Work, Australian Catholic University
Email: Alankaar.Sharma@acu.edu.au

Dr. Sera Harris (Co-Investigator)

Senior Lecturer in Social Work, Australian Catholic University
Email: Sera.Harris@acu.edu.au

Ms. Amelia Craig (Student Researcher)

BSW (Honours) student

email: amelia.craig@myacu.edu.au

Exploring the Ethical Climate of Health Professionals working in Restricted Environments: A Case Example Nauru Detention Centre

Key dates

1/2/2022 - 31/5/2022

Participants sought

  • You are an AHPRA registered health professional or AASW registered social worker
  • You were contracted to and delivered health care to asylum seekers detained in Nauru for a minimum of three months.
  • Are not bound by a current confidentiality agreement.

About

Delivering health care deemed to be of an “equivalent” standard within restricted environments such as off detention poses ethical dilemmas. The governing systems for restricted environments may have implications for the freedoms of those receiving care.

Health professional’s working in such environments may experience ethical challenges when conflicted between their duty of care for the health and well- being of their consumers and employer contractual obligations.

This can give rise to health professionals experiencing ethical dilemmas with implications for themselves and the quality and safety of those they care for.

We are interested in your experience

Macquarie University Human Research Ethics Committee Approval No: 520211056632441

What is involved

  • An Interview - either face to face or online. Participant choice.
  • An audio recording of the interview which will then be transcribed.

Your name and any identifying information will be de-identified via coding.

The audio file post transcribing is destroyed

All personally de-identifying information will be stored on an encrypted hard drive and deleted seven years after completion of the study.

How to get involved

Please contact:
Kim Elkovich
kim.elkovich@hdr.mq.edu.au
Phone: M 0439 300 614

Institution and investigator contact

Macquarie University
kim.elkovich@hdr.mq.edu.au
Phone: M 0439 300 614

The Understanding of Overweight and Obesity Among Australian Health Care Students

Key dates

8/3/2022 - 15/5/2022

Participants sought

Australian university students (undergraduate and postgraduate) studying a health care (health science) course

About

The rates of overweight and obesity have been increasing rapidly in Australia, along with the health consequences that are associated with it. If the current rates continue, most future patients of health care professionals will be living with overweight or obesity.

As future health care professionals, it is important for health care students to learn about overweight and obesity, however, there is little research examining the understanding of overweight and obesity among health care students. Therefore, this study aims to investigate the current understanding and perceptions of overweight and obesity among health care students.

Findings from this study will help us improve education programs to prepare health care students to provide excellent treatments to people living with overweight and obesity in future practice.

What is involved

  • Complete some questionnaires
  • Complete a computerised image-word association task

You will be able to enter your email at the end into a draw to win 1 of 10 $50 gift cards

How to get involved

Clicking the link below will take you to the participant information sheet. Please read the information carefully before starting the study. PLEASE USE A DESKTOP COMPUTER DEVICE TO COMPLETE THE STUDY, AS MOBILE PHONES ARE INCOMPATIBLE
Please click here to access the survey.

Institution and investigator contact

Miss Ravisha Jayawickrama

Curtin University (Perth, WA)

E: ravisha.jayawickrama@postgrad.curtin.edu.au

Exploring the workload implications of using telehealth in service delivery on mental health social workers

Key dates

1/4/2022 – 1/6/2022

Participants sought

  • AASW Accredited Mental Health Social Worker

OR

  • Social Workers working in a mental health organisation (government or non-government)

WHO

  • Are currently working or have recently experience working (within last two years) in mental health service delivery
  • Have experience using telehealth in mental health service delivery

About

Telehealth as a mode mental health service delivery has significantly increased in frequency of use over the last few years. Some of the suggested benefits of using telehealth in mental health service delivery for service users is increased accessibility to services, reduction in wait times and greater efficiency rates. However, the current literature available on how using telehealth as an additional mode of service delivery impacts mental health workers is limited.

This project aims to explore the perspectives of mental health social workers on telehealth as an additional mode of service delivery and what workload implications it has on their practice. The findings of this research will assist mental health service providers to better understand and support their workforce through provision of targeted training and workload planning. Better workload support may assist mental health social workers to have more manageable workloads and prevent burnout, which indirectly will also assist service users in the quality of care they receive.

What is involved

Participation will involve meeting at your preference in-person at Curtin University Bentley campus or via an online call on Microsoft teams for a one-off one-hour interview providing your experience in using telehealth in mental health service delivery. You will also be asked to review your interview transcription to ensure it is accurate.

How to get involved

Please email Tessa Gilson (student researcher) on the details provided below for more information

Institution and investigator contact

Curtin University
Tessa Gilson (Social Work Honours Student)

Social Workers – Perceptions of Social Work

Key dates

11/04/22 – 31/5/2022

Participants sought

You hold an Australian Association of Social Work accredited social work qualification and are living in Australia.

About

This research aims to find out about public perceptions of social work in Australia and social workers' perceptions about how they are perceived by the Australian community.

Currently there is little understanding around what social workers think about how they, and the profession of social work, are viewed by the public. We are interested in gaining a better understanding of how social work is understood in regional, rural, remote and metropolitan areas.

This study is undertaken in partnership with the New Zealand (Auckland University), South African (University of Fort Hare) and Dutch (Utrecht University) academics to compare similarities and differences in social work perceptions.

This study has been granted human research ethics approval through La Trobe University (HEC21392)

What is involved

If you decide to take part in the research, you will take part in an online survey. The survey is anonymous and contains 27 questions, completion of the survey will take approximately 20 minutes.

How to get involved

Clicking the link below will take you to the participant information sheet. Please read the information carefully before starting the survey and then click START when you are ready to commence.

https://www.questionpro.com/t/AUNUgZrhVe

Institution and investigator contact

La Trobe University
La Trobe Rural Health School:
Dr Natasha Long, Bendigo campus
Dr Corina Modderman, Shepparton campus

Developing guidelines for social media use to improve social and emotional wellbeing for younger adults, 18 to 34 years

Key dates

17/3/2022 to 30/4/2022 (initial survey)

1/5/2022 to 30/6/2022 (up to two follow up surveys)

Participants sought

Accredited Mental Health Social Workers who have clinical experience with younger adults (18 to 34yo) who use social media

About

We are undertaking a research study aimed to ultimately empower younger adults 18 to 34 years to engage social media in a safer and more therapeutic way

We are adopting a Delphi design to establish a set of guidelines to inform social workers and other health professionals about how younger adults 18 to 34 years can use social media in a safer and more therapeutic way.

Ultimately, these guidelines would be used to support younger adults to leverage the therapeutic potential of social media while minimising any potential risks.

To achieve this, we have previously surveyed young adult social media users, and now we are recruiting the expertise of Social Work students aged 18 to 34 years, together with Accredited Mental Health Social Workers to establish consensus about what is included in these guidelines.

Participation involves completing up to three separate online surveys, completed four weeks apart. Each would take no more than 15 minutes to complete.

This study has been granted human research ethics approval through the University of Melbourne [Reference Number: 2022-21839-26146-4] and forms a part of a PhD study.

What is involved

Participation involves completing up to three separate online surveys, completed four weeks apart. Each would take no more than 15 minutes to complete

How to get involved

To access the survey and embedded Plain Language Statement, please follow this link:

https://melbourneuni.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0qxHDtxMtP95tOK

Institution and investigator contact

University of Melbourne
Mr Paul Dodemaide.
PhD Candidate (Social Work)
0430 841 981

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers