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Under the theme - Because of Her, We Can! - NAIDOC Week 2018 will be held nationally from Sunday 8 July and continue through to Sunday 15 July.

As pillars of our society, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played – and continue to play - active and significant roles at the community, local, state and national levels.

Interview with Linda Ford

In this interview, Linda Ford (AASW Director - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representative) talks about this year's NAIDOC theme and her experiences as an Indigenous social worker.

Linda Ford is an Aboriginal woman from North West Queensland with 22 years’ experience as a social worker in rural, remote and urban areas. Linda is particularly passionate about child protection after working for seventeen years in this area of social work. Following a stint as Director of Social Work for Queensland Health, Linda returned to Child Protection as Manager of the Mount Isa and Gulf Child Safety Service Centre, where she is currently employed. Linda is committed to the profession of social work and prior to becoming a National Board member, Linda was past President of the AASW North Queensland Branch. Linda has been full Director of the Board since 1 November 2017.

Linda was interviewed by Angela Yin (AASW Communications Lead) who began by asking: This year’s NAIDOC theme is “Because of Her, We Can”. As a female Indigenous leader in social work, how does your culture inform your social work practice?

Media Release

Because of Her, We Can! AASW supports NAIDOC Week 2018

Today marks the beginning of NAIDOC Week 2018, which celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in Australia. This year’s theme is “Because of Her, We Can”. AASW Director and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representative Linda Ford said Aboriginal women bring valuable knowledge and experience to social work practice, especially when working with Indigenous clients and communities.

Social Work Focus - The First Australians: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

This year, we have published a special edition of Social Work Focus, which is a celebration of Indigenous social work.

Social Work Focus - Autumn 2018 cover - Starry night artwork with burnt orange accent

The AASW’s Reconciliation Action Plan

The AASW’s vision for reconciliation is one of increased understanding and appreciation across the Australian social work profession about the histories and cultures of the First Australians. We seek to build upon the key learnings from history and work towards the development of meaningful relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as colleagues, community members and people who use our services, founded on recognition and respect.

Read the AASW's Reconciliation Action Plan 2017-19

AASW advocacy

The AASW has prepared statements, position papers and submissions to government inquiries investigating matters related to the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Statements and position papers

Submissions to inquiries

More information


AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers