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Northern Territory Social Work: Views and Approaches

West, Deborah, Heath, David and Ennis, Gretchen (2009). Northern Territory Social Work: Views and Approaches. Australian Social Work,62(1):74-89.

Document type: Journal Article

IRMA ID 78667606xPUB17
Title Northern Territory Social Work: Views and Approaches
Author West, Deborah
Heath, David
Ennis, Gretchen
Journal Name Australian Social Work
Publication Date 2009
Volume Number 62
Issue Number 1
ISSN 1447-0748   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-67650586165
Start Page 74
End Page 89
Total Pages 16
Place of Publication Australia
Publisher Routledge
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract The present article explores the question of what Northern Territory (NT) social workers want from the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). In a dynamic social work landscape, this question is a critical one for our professional association. Using both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, data were obtained from 49 social workers with the primary aim of understanding their views about the AASW and what they wanted from their professional association. The findings indicate that, in general, social workers agreed with the AASW's stated objectives. Participant concerns centred on the urgent need for professional registration, access to quality Continuing Professional Education (CPE), the pursuit of social justice activities, and for the AASW to better articulate its overall role and purpose. Problematically, social workers expect the AASW to fulfil many roles and further research is required to provide a clearer, national picture.
Keywords AASW
Social Justice
Northern Territory
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