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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

Generic Supervision Assessment Tool (GSAT) - Opportunity to contribute to the validation of a new supervision competency tool

Key dates

Open until the 31 of October 2019

Participants sought

Supervisors and supervisees from any profession.


Are you currently participating in clinical supervision? Would you like to contribute to the development of a new supervision tool that assesses supervisors competency? We are conducting the final confirmatory study in a research project that aims to further validate the Generic Supervision Assessment Tool (GSAT). We invite you to participate in this research to help us to understand how the quality of clinical supervision practice can be assessed using this tool.

What is involved

Undertake an online survey designed to validate the GSAT. The survey takes approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. Participants can enter in the draw to win a $200 Visa gift card. There is a separate survey for supervisees and supervisors.

How to get involved

Please access the survey and participant information statement at via the following separate links for supervisor and supervisee:


Supervisor QR Code



Institution and investigator contact

Ms Sarah Hamilton

School of Human Services and Social Work

Griffith University

Ph: 0415 559065

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

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)

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