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UPDATE - Call for Abstracts Submission Deadlined Extended

Due to the recent lockdown in Brisbane, along with the Easter public holidays, a decision has been made to extend the Call for Abstracts deadline for the 26th Asia-Pacific Regional Social Work Conference 2021.

The new closing date for abstracts is 11.59 PM Sunday 18 April 2021 (AEST).

The AASW and joint partners are pleased with the interest the conference and its themes has generated within the profession and beyond; this extension now provides the opportunity for those effected by recent events, and or those who wish to consider submitting additional extracts, time to do so.

The 26th Asia-Pacific Regional Social Work Conference 2021

The Australian Association of Social Workers is pleased to welcome abstracts for the forthcoming 26th Asia-Pacific Regional Social Work Conference 2021 to be held from November 11-13 in Brisbane, Australia.

The theme for the conference is: Social Work and the Sustainable Development Goals - Working together for socially and environmentally sustainable futures.

The conference will bring together social workers, educators, policy makers, researchers, students, key groups and stakeholders from across the Asia Pacific region to explore how to collectively address pressing issues of inequality and sustainability.

The conference theme will provide an opportunity for attendees to critically engage with how the social work profession is contributing to the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda, which includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and collectively explore challenges, opportunities and ways forward.

In line with the IFSW Global Agenda and World Social Work Day 2021 theme, Ubuntu: ´I Am Because We Are´ Strengthening Social Solidarity & Global Connectedness, the conference will also have a strong focus on the important role of Indigenous knowledges and wisdom in relation to sustainability and the interconnectedness of all peoples and their environments.

The conference will focus on a wide range of issues related to the SDGs, including but not limited to: ageing, child protection, climate action, disability, family and domestic violence, gender inequality, health, housing, human rights, Indigenous rights, LGBTIQA+ rights, mental health and trauma, natural disasters responses, refugees and people seeking asylum, and social protection systems.

Abstracts - Topic Areas

Abstracts are now invited from social work practitioners, educators and researchers; other professionals working in relevant fields of practice and key stakeholders in the Asia Pacific region.

Abstracts must focus on one (or more) of the four major topic areas and in relation to the four sub-themes below.

We are inviting abstracts across four major topic areas:





Abstracts - Sub-themes

The conference will explore the role of social work in the 2030 Global Agenda, which at its core include the 17 SDGs and 169 targets. Sub themes for this conference are in relation to the 4 core pillars of the Agenda, which include People, Prosperity, Planet, Peace & Partnership.

Sub theme 1: People
  • People includes the following Goals: No Poverty (SDG 1), Zero Hunger (SDG 2), Good Health and Well Being (SDG 3), Quality Education (SDG 4) and Gender Equality (SDG 5).
  • Abstracts that look at working to end poverty and hunger and strive to ensure that everyone can fulfil their greatest potential in a healthy environment. Working to eliminate all forms of inequality and discrimination to ensure that everyone's human rights are respected.

Sub theme 2: Prosperity
  • Prosperity covers the following Goals: Affordable and Clean Energy (SDG 7), Decent Work and Economic Growth (SDG 8), Industry Innovation and Infrastructure (SDG 9), Reduced Inequality (SDG 10), and Sustainable Cities and Communities goals (SDG 11)
  • Abstracts that look at achieving the goal of inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all. Working towards ensuring that all peoples are afforded the opportunities to live fulfilling lives and that economic, social, and technological progress is achieved sustainably.
Sub theme 3: Planet
  • Planet covers the following Goals: Clean Water and Sanitation (SDG 6), Responsible Consumption and Production (SDG 12), Climate Action (SDG 13), Life below Water (SDG 14) and Life on Land (SDG 15).
  • Abstracts that look at protecting the planet by working to stop climate change and global warming. Working in response to extreme weather events, including droughts, fires and floods, and advocacy reduce our global carbon footprint so that future generations may continue to enjoy the use of the planet's resources sustainably.
Sub theme 4: Peace and Partnership
  • Peace and Partnership cover the following goals: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions (SDG 16) and Partnerships for the Goals (SDG 17). Partnership for the Goals is the cross-cutting result across all result groups.
  • Abstracts that look at working to foster peaceful and inclusive societies that are free from fear and violence. Building and strengthening partnerships among people from all around the world. Building global solidarity and the participation of all countries to support the country to meet the needs of the most marginalised and disenfranchised.

Submitting Abstracts

To submit your abstract, please click the "Submit Your Abstract" button below. You will be prompted to create a new profile (if you are a new user).

Here, you will find all information relevant to submitting your abstract including word length, type of submission and information about the themes.

Deadline for abstract submission is 11.59 PM (AEST) Sunday 18 April 2021.

Submit Your Abstract

Should you have any queries please contact Vanessa Paparone:

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