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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

Healthcare professionals’ recommendations for adapting a German biographic-­narrative intervention for people with aphasia in Australia

Key dates

18 August to 4 September 2020

Participants sought

Social workers with exposure to any number of people with aphasia on their caseload.

About

You are invited to participate in an ethics-approved study about a German biographic-narrative intervention designed to improve quality of life and mood for people with aphasia. We hope to:

  1. learn whether the program is culturally appropriate to Australia (and how to further enhance this),
  2. explore the degree to which the program could be accommodated into the service options available in Australia, and further
  3. identify any additional recommendations that would help to improve the intervention.

The expected output of this study is a validated set of recommendations for adapting the program to an appropriate model for future testing in Australia.

What is involved

In participating in the research, participants will be asked to do the following:

BEFORE THE DAY OF THE GROUP

  1. Complete a one-page demographics information form and return to the researcher.
  2. Read and confirm email information about the logistics of the focus group interview.
  3. Read a two-page summary of the German Narraktiv program aims, principles and procedure.
  4. Read focus group interview schedule.

THE GROUP

1. Attend a 70-minute focus group held on Zoom.

How to get involved

Please contact Michelle Attard to express interest (details below) and discuss your availability for focus group days/times. She will email you with more information.

Institution and investigator contact

Dr Michelle Attard
The University of Sydney, Centre of Research Excellence in Aphasia Recovery and Rehabilitation

michelle.attard@sydney.edu.au

(03) 9479 3596

(Ethics approval: HEC19511, La Trobe University SHE Low Risk Human Ethics Committee)


COGNISANCE: Co-Designing Dementia Diagnosis and Post Diagnostic Care

Key dates

Surveys close on 30 September 2020

Participants sought

  • Health Care Professionals involved in the diagnosis, assessment or post-diagnostic support of people with dementia.
  • People diagnosed with dementia within the last 2-years
  • Carers of people diagnosed with dementia within the last 2-years.

About

COGNISANCE aims to improve the experience of the dementia diagnostic process and the post-diagnostic support received by people with dementia and their care partners. Our objectives are to co-design and deliver in partnership with people with dementia, family care partners and health care professionals, print or on-line toolkits. Toolkits will provide structured information, tailored to enable health care practitioners to effectively enact national dementia guidelines around diagnostic and post-diagnostic support, and to empower people with dementia and their family care partners seek the support they require.

The current phase of the project is to establish current Australian experiences of diagnosis and post diagnostic support through surveys and focus groups, from the perspective of people with dementia, family care partners and health care professionals.

Surveys can be completed online, pencil and paper or by phone interview.

Focus groups will be conducted online or by individual interview online or by telephone.

What is involved

If you decide to take part, you would:

  • Complete an anonymous survey that will take about 15-20 minutes. Questions vary depending on which survey you are completing (Health Care Professional; Person with dementia; or Care Partner).
  • If you would prefer, a short interview by phone or online may be arranged. Please telephone us on 02 9385-2597 to discuss.

There is an option at the end of the survey to further participate in online or teleconference focus groups, or to be contacted for a telephone interview.

All parts of the study are voluntary and optional. You may choose which parts of the study you wish to participate in.

How to get involved

The survey can be completed online.

or you can email m.gresham@unsw.edu.au to have a survey sent to you.

Institution and investigator contact

Institution: UNSW Sydney

Name: Dr Meredith Gresham, COGNISANCE Study Co-ordinator

Email: m.gresham@unsw.edu.au

Phone enquiries can be directed to:

Name: Tanya Duckworth, COGNISANCE Research Assistant

Ph: 0431 894 693 (Monday to Wednesday)

Website.


School social workers’ perceptions of the educational experiences of secondary students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Key dates

Survey closes: 23 August 2020

Participants sought

School social workers who have previously or currently support one or more students with ASD. School social workers who support students with a neurodevelopmental disability that is not ASD are also invited to participate.

About

The research project focuses on the factors that influence students with ASD at school and what school practices help foster inclusion for neurodiverse students.

What is involved

A short online survey taking about 20-30 minutes to complete.

How to get involved

Follow the link below to access the survey and download the Plain Language Statement.

Institution and investigator contact

Deakin University

Student researcher: Kiandra Ellis

kmellis@deakin.edu.au

0439595444

Primary researcher: Norah Hosken

norah.hosken@deakin.edu.au

5227 8435

Psychological Empowerment of Statutory Child Protection Practitioners and Systemic Changes

Key dates

Until 31 October 2020

Participants sought

This research focuses on practitioners who have worked in a statutory child protection position (frontline or supervisory) anytime within the last five years.

About

The study seeks to explore statutory child protection practitioners’ experience of empowerment, especially during a change within the child protection system. You will be invited to share your views on the changes and challenges to statutory child protection practice and what you would like to see happen in your work. This research has been approved by Flinders University Ethics Committee with project ID 2078.

What is involved

If you choose to participate you will be asked to complete a survey estimated to take approximately 12 minutes.

If you choose to further participate in a telephone interview, you will be invited to discuss your experiences with the researcher for approximately 45 minutes. The interview will take place at a time that is convenient to you.

You may complete the survey without participating in an interview.

How to get involved

Please complete the survey.

Institution and investigator contact

Flinders University

Amy Bromley

Email: amy.bromley@flinders.edu.au

Telephone: 0490 771 006

Work-life conflict and enrichment experiences of Australian social workers: A ten year follow up study (Time 2 Survey).

Key dates

July 2020- September 2020

Participants sought

I am seeking members of the AASW (a) who completed Time 1 survey which concluded in February 2020; and (b) those who missed Time 1 survey to participate in this Time 2 survey

About

There is mounting evidence linking work-life imbalance to reduced health and well-being among individuals and families. This study is a 10-year follow-up study of members of the AASW with the aim to determine if there are significant changes in work-family conflict and enrichment experiences of social workers and its impact on their psychological health and wellbeing; job satisfaction and family satisfaction.

What is involved

Time 2 survey will take approximately 20 minutes of your time to complete.

How to get involved

Complete the survey online.

You will find detailed participant information including your consent for participation.

Institution and investigator contact

Australian Catholic University

Associate Professor Parveen Kalliath

Assistant Deputy Head of School and Course Coordinator

School of Allied Health (Social Work)

Email: parveen.kalliath@acu.edu.au

Tel: 02 6209 1125


Workplace relationships and empowerment during the coronavirus: Perspectives of social workers who are directed to telework

Key dates

May to 31 August 2020

Participants sought

Social workers who are at least 18 years old as of today, have completed an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification in social work, are employed for pay on at least a part-time basis as a social worker, and have been directed to telework by a supervisor or manager at least 1 day per week during some portion of the past 90 days are being sought to participate in a research study.

About

You are invited to provide your input on the impact of telework during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on your ability to foster workplace relationships and feel empowered at work. The survey will ask questions such as: Since being directed to telework, do you agree or disagree that you have the (1) opportunity to get to know your co-workers, and (2) ability to work with your co-workers to collectively solve problems?

What is involved

Your help is needed by completing a brief 10-minute survey about your experiences since being directed to telework.

How to get involved

If you are interested in learning more about the project and are interested to provide your input, please visit the following link: https://uniofsunshinecoast.syd1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_efidlOrvT2tdygl

Institution and investigator contact

Trevor Gates

University of the Sunshine Coast (#A201391)

Email: tgates@usc.edu.au

Telephone: 07 5459 4461

What is required of supervisors for effective supervision of social work students undertaking field education in an Australian school setting?

Key dates

Starting June 2020

Participants sought

This research focuses on field education supervision specifically in school settings. The research will involve interviews with experienced field education supervisors about what makes ‘effective’ supervision in this setting. Interested participants must meet the following criteria;

  • Be eligible for AASW membership
  • Be experienced in the provision of supervision (off-site or on-site) in student field education in a school setting (minimum of 5 successful completions of student field practicums)
  • Be a social worker familiar with either; metropolitan or rural, Catholic or public/state school, anywhere in Australia.

About

The study focuses on participants’ lived experiences of supervising social work students undertaking field education in an Australian school context. You will be invited to talk about your experiences; supervision knowledge; challenges, highlights and strengths; and how the field might be developed. This project has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of the University of New England (Approval No HE20-001, Valid to 19/02/2021).

What is involved

Participants will be involved in a semi-structured interview for approximately 60-90 minutes.

Interviews will be conducted via online (Zoom, Skype) or in person (depending upon location & social distancing restrictions).

How to get involved

If you would like to participate please contact the Principal Investigator, Scott Gartshore, via email at sgartsh2@une.edu.au to express your interest.

Institution and investigator contact

University of New England, Armidale, NSW 2351.

Contact Scott Gartshore. Master of Philosophy candidate

sgartsh2@une.edu.au

Identifying Cumulative Harm in Preservice Helping Professionals: A Measure of Impact

Key dates

Until 30 August 2020

Participants sought

Participants who are employed in the helping professions and who have lived experience of cumulative childhood adversity and harm.

Helping Professions, in the context of this proposed research study, are defined as those professions which respond to the welfare of individuals and address challenges in a person’s physical, psychological, intellectual, and emotional wellbeing. These professions include, but are not limited to, psychology, nursing, counselling, social work, human services, and education

About

Questions will relate to your experiences of cumulative adversity and/or harm experienced in childhood and how you feel these experiences have influenced your later life, including your choice to enter a helping profession. You will be encouraged to tell your story of how you have arrived at your current career choice.

What is involved

Your participation will involve participation in an interview that will take approximately 60 Minutes of your time.

The interview will take place at a time and venue that is convenient to you, or can be undertaken by teleconference at a date and time that is convenient for you.

How to get involved

If you would like to participate in this research please take a moment to read the participant information sheet and contact the Principal Investigator, India Bryce, via email at india.bryce@usq.edu.au to express your interest in participating.

Institution and investigator contact

University of Southern Queensland

India Bryce

Email: india.bryce@usq.edu.au

Telephone: +61 7 4631 1192

Mobile: +61 431759554

Measuring and evaluating social work practice

Key dates

Commencing March 2020

Participants sought

Qualified Social Workers trained and currently practising within Australia are eligible to participate.

About

You are invited to participate in a unique study of the current cultural responsiveness experiences, training and understandings with respect to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The research aims to better our understanding of what cultural responsiveness is and to develop a series of social work specific measurement and evaluation tools to improve cultural responsiveness within social work practice.

What is involved

You will be asked to complete an online (de-identified) survey and associated consent forms. The survey is about your experience and thoughts related to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The online survey is expected to take approximately 20 to 40 minutes and you will be compensated for your time by way of a gift certificate.

How to get involved

To participate, follow this link to the survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/32KSQK6

Institution and investigator contact

Dr Bindi Bennett, University Sunshine Coast bbennet1@usc.edu.au

Social work decision making and assessing risk of future harm

Key dates

End date: 30 November 2020

Participants sought

Social workers

About

Social workers constantly make decisions to best serve their clients. The aim of this project is to explore the decision making of social workers undertaking risk assessments. This project has received ethics approval from the Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee (ID 22092).

What is involved

We would value 10-15 minutes of your time to answer a brief anonymous survey.

How to get involved

For more information and to access the survey, please go to: https://monash.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_blTCYtxBSC8B7tH

Institution and investigator contact

Dr. Rebecca Featherston, MSW, PhD
Research Fellow
Department of Social Work
Monash University

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