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Norma Parker addresses 1969 - 2015

Norma Parker Brown CBE (1906-2004) was one of the pioneers of Australian social work and these addresses in her honour were made by AASW presidents between 1969 and 2015. Unfortunately it has not been possible to locate the third address, delivered by Beryl Thomas at the 1973 National AASW Conference in Perth.

The addresses were collated by Professor Christine Bigby with the support of a bequest to the Australian Social Work journal by former Editor, Mary McLelland. Professor Bigby has also commissioned and edited papers that analyse the addresses for an upcoming special online issue of Australian Social Work.

We are gradually updating the format of each address.

Norma Parker addresses 1969 - 2015

1969

The Consumer Perspective in Social Welfare
1st Norma Parker address delivered by John Lawrence at the 11th National AASW Conference in Hobart

1971

Value dilemmas in old and new methods of social work
2nd Norma Parker address delivered by Edna Chamberlain at the 12th National AASW Conference in Brisbane

1975

It's an ill wind that...
(the implications for the development of welfare in Australia after Darwin was blown away in 1974 by Cyclone Tracy)
4th Norma Parker address delivered by Colin Benjamin at the 14th National AASW Conference in Melbourne

1977

The social worker and life chances
5th Norma Parker address delivered by Grace Vaughan at the 15th National AASW Conference in Canberra

1979

6th Norma Parker address delivered by Grace Vaughan at the 16th National AASW Conference in Brisbane

1981

The role of legislation in social change
7th Norma Parker address delivered by Grace Vaughan at the 17th National AASW Conference

1983

Politik or perish
8th Norma Parker address delivered by Grace Vaughan at the 18th National AASW Conference in Sydney

1987

Social work in a changing society: Meeting the needs of today
and addressing the needs of tomorrow

10th Norma Parker address delivered by Sheila Truswell at the 20th National AASW Conference in Perth

1989

Social work in the Australian context
11th Norma Parker address delivered by Sheila Truswell at the 21st National AASW Conference in Townsville

1991


12th Norma Parker address delivered by Di Gordon at the 22nd National AASW Conference in Adelaide

1993


13th Norma Parker address delivered by Di Gursanksy and Imelda Dodds at the 23rd National AASW Conference held in Newcastle

1995

14th Norma Parker address delivered by Imelda Dodds at the 24th National AASW Conference in Launceston

1997

Social work: The year 2000 and beyond
15th Norma Parker address delivered by Imelda Dodds at the 25th National AASW Conference held in Canberra

1999

Promoting inclusion–redressing exclusion: The social work challenge
16th Norma Parker address delivered by Jo Gaha at the AASW, IFSW, APASWE, AASWE Conference held in Brisbane

2001

17th Norma Parker address delivered by Jo Gaha at the 27th National AASW Conference held in Canberra

2003

Co-operating for social justice
18th Norma Parker address delivered by Jo Gaha at the 28th National AASW Conference held in Canberra

2006

19th Norma Parker address delivered by Bob Lonne at the 29th National AASW Conference (joint conference AASW, AIWCW, AASWWE, SPSW) held in Perth

2008

20th Norma Parker address delivered by Bob Lonne at the 30th National AASW Conference (joint conference with AASW, AIWCW, AASWWE, SPSW) held in Sydney

2012

Remembering, Apologies and Truth: Challenges for Social Work Today by Karen Healy
21st Norma Parker address, published in Australian Social Work, (2012, 65(3), 288-294 in lieu of presentation as the National AASW Conference of that year was cancelled

2013 Becoming a trustworthy profession: Doing better than good
22nd Norma Parker address by Karen Healy AM, published in Australian Social Work online, 2015
2015 Being a self-regulating profession in the 21st century: Problems and prospects
23rd Norma Parker address delivered by Professor Karen Healy AM at the 2015 National AASW Symposium in Sydney

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers