Expression of Interest – Consultancy – Governance

ANZSWWER is seeking a consultant to assist with developing the governance structures of the organisation as identified in the 2016 strategic planning meeting. Please refer to the attached EOI – Consultancy – Governance (PDF) for full scope and details, submitting a 1-2 page EOI outlining how your experience in governance, policy development and organisational leadership within a social work and welfare context will assist you in meeting: the targets set within the Scope of the proposed consultancy; and the deliverables in the set time frame.


The EOI is due 5pm Friday October 20, 2017.

Please send your EOI to


For more information, please contact:

Sharlene Nipperess,

President, ANZSWWER


EOI – Consultancy – Governance (PDF)
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Expression of Interest – Consultancy – Advances Journal Review

ANZSWWER is seeking a consultant to assist with developing governance and operational improvements to the journal Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education (referred to hereafter as ‘Advances’). Advances is the official publication of ANZSWWER and is published bi-annually by ANZSWWER.

Please refer to the attached EOI – Consultancy – Journal Review (PDF)  for a full scope and details, submitting a 1-2 page EOI outlining how your experience in journal publishing and participation in Editorial boards within a social work and welfare context will assist you in meeting: the targets set within the Scope of the proposed consultancy; and the deliverables in the set time frame.


The EOI is due 5pm Friday October 20, 2017.

Please send your EOI to


For more information, please contact:

Sharlene Nipperess,

President, ANZSWWER


EOI – Consultancy – Journal Review (PDF)

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General Call for Papers 2018 – Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education


We are calling for articles for the second issue of Advances, to be published in the second half of 2018. Advances aims to showcase material which is of relevance to social work, welfare and community development educators in trans-Tasman and international contexts and, where applicable, to link this with international social work concerns.

Submissions arising out of the ANZSWWER symposium presentations are especially welcome: there were so many great presentations in Auckland, it would be wonderful to see them transformed into articles.

There are three sections in which papers may be published: refereed full papers, “Practice Reflections” or contributions to “New Voices”. Full papers to be refereed should be no longer than 7000 words including references.  “Practice Reflections “ and “New Voices’ should focus on recent events or current topics of interest to the journal audience of social work and welfare, and may provide a different perspective for practitioners, educators and students. “Practice Reflections” and “New Voices” should be no longer than 2000 words including references.

Preparation of Copy: Please write following the guidelines Advances Author Guidelines 2017


Submissions are due by the 31st of January 2018.


Send Abstract submissions to: Carole Adamson – 
Please ensure that you include your full name and email contact details.


Following peer review, draft articles will be returned to authors for final revisions by May 2018.  Authors are strongly encouraged to submit an overview of the proposed article to the editor, Carole Adamson,  for feedback and suggestions.


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ANZSWWER 2017 AWARDS Winners Announced

We were delighted to recognise the achievements of ANZSWWER members in 2017 at Auckland University, New Zealand and are grateful for the generosity of Allen & Unwin Publishers who made generous donations for our

awards. Congratulations to everyone who has won and also to those nominated, your achievements in the field are an inspiration to us all. Thank you..


The winners are:


Jane Maidment & Ronnie Egan  

Trans-Tasman Collaboration Award


In 2004 Allen and Unwin published the first edition of Practice Skills in Social Work and Welfare. This important publication, edited by Jane Maidment and Ronnie Egan is designed for teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students’ micro-skills for working in the field. Chapter contributions from both Australian and New Zealand authors have been included to ensure a trans-Tasman understanding of context and practice were embedded in each edition. Thirteen years on the third edition (2016) has continued this tradition ensuring students on both sides of the Tasman gain an understanding of service delivery and practice models used in both countries.





Mary Duncan
Field Placement Recognition Award

Mary Duncan, Manger Field Education Flinders University works tirelessly and passionately to ensure that all students receive timely quality field placement experiences in a broad range of practice settings. This has included non-traditional social work practice settings such as educational settings, community development and more recently a rapid growth in aged care. She has boldly gone where no one has gone before to initiate countless innovations to enhance student learning outcomes. Between 2016 and 2017 Mary has driven significant placement development that has resulted in relationships with 79 new placement agencies.





Bettina Cassano
Field-University Collaboration Award

It is with pleasure that the ACT and NSW Combined University Field Education Group (CUFEG) recommends Bettina Cassano for an award. Ms Cassano is an engaged and effective partner to CUFEG and has been for many years. She has assisted CUFEG in:

  • Navigating the reforms influencing our dynamic welfare environment,
  • Developing positive relationships and partnerships for all universities in NSW, Australia with a major government dept., and
  • Facilitating positive learning opportunities for students.

For example, Ms Cassano has coordinated and at times chaired meetings between CUFEG and FaCs managers and staff which have resulted in positive and innovative strategies and outcomes that have enhanced social work student field education for universities in New South Wales. She has facilitated excellent learning opportunities which have enhanced the welfare industry. Her contribution to social work and the welfare field is outstanding and admired by us in CUFEG.


Christine Craik

Community Service Award 

Christine has been the National VP for the AASW since 2011, in that time working on 7 Board working groups, completed 3 Government submissions & convenes the FV practice group.  She is Chair of Project Respect (a NFP working with trafficked women and women who work in the sex industry); a volunteer media advocate for Safe Steps (working with raising the profile of survivors of family violence) and a volunteer mentor for many young women in this field. Christine is an active volunteer in many local community groups, including the CFA, Wildlife Victoria, the Greens and her local Hall Committee.





Cate Thomas

Social Work Educator Award

Cate Thomas as the Course Director of the Social Work program at Charles Sturt University, led the School in a new direction during a time of much change within the university.  Through extensive consultation with the discipline team, Aboriginal staff and CSU’s Indigenous Board of Studies, Cate facilitated an audit of Australian Indigenous content across the curriculum. This led her to facilitate the development of both Indigenous Australian social work and eco-social work multi-disciplinary subjects. Australian Indigenous content is now included across highly relevant and innovative areas of study. Cate’s vision and courage ensures the effectiveness of our graduates to work with Indigenous Australians.




With a record number of abstracts this year, we congratulate the winners of Best Abstract in each theme. They are:


Bicultural rangahau/research, education and practice

Antonia Hendrick and Kirsty Oehlers

Building an alliance with local Aboriginal Elders as a method for decolonising the Curtin University Social Work curriculum


Working and educating across difference and diversity

Pat Dorsett, Naomi Sunderland, Glenn Woods and Stephen Larmar:
Transformative intercultural learning outside the classroom: Expanding students’ intercultural knowledge and practice through embodied and emplaced learning


Environmental social work and sustainability education and practice

Amanda Smith, Jenny Boddy, Hilary Gallagher, Sylvia Ramsay & Donna McAuliffe:
An exploration of bush adventure therapy techniques within an emerging environmental social work curriculum


Innovations in Practice

Aliitasi Sua-Tavila, Donald Bruce Yeates, Dora Kuir-Ayius, Dunstan Lawihin, Jioji Ravulo, Kesaia Vasutoga, Moses Faleolo, Patrick Vakaoti, Selina Ledoux, Tracie Mafile’o & Wheturangi Walsh-Tapiata:  
Pacific social work collaborations: Bridging gaps, challenging dominant discourses and our journey thus far

Mark Lynch:
Coming ready or not! : Hand Held Mobile Devices – Friend or Foe in Social Work Education


Working and educating in the context of neo-liberalism

Christine Craik: 
Getting the Social Work agenda into government policy

Susan Evans and Justine O’Sullivan:  
Collaborative learning in a hyper individualised HE environment: where to from here?


Pedagogies in Education and Practice

Susan Heward-Belle, Carolyn Rickett and Andrea Small:
From individual rumination to collective participation: pedagogical strategies for moving beyond trigger warnings


Research for Change

Sue Gair, Ines Zuchowski & Lyn Munns:
Grandparents Matter: Optimising the inclusion of grandparents in child protection processes


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Advances Journal Volume 19 Number 1 2017 edition now available

We are pleased to announce that our latest edition has been published and is available for viewing. A special mention to our host editors of this edition. Thank you for your contribution and continued commitment to ANZSWWER.

“As the current Executive of the Australian Council of Heads of School (the Council), we are delighted to host this Special Edition of Advances focussing on Leadership in social work education. This edition is timely. In the midst of widespread and rapid changes at local, national and international levels, the need for critical leadership in steering a course  through uncertainty, and in foregrounding innovations towards sustainable delivery, is singularly important. There has never been a more pressing time for dialogue across national boundaries and for connecting up the dots nationally and internationally.”

Our members have already been advised and have free access using the below link.
Free Access for Members

For non-members, you can access the Journal via Informit or join ANZSWWER for FREE ACCESS to our Advances Journal articles.

For a sneak peak at our editors choice articles click here.

ANZSWWER encourages submissions from both established and new writers. Should you be interested in contributing to our future publications, please visit our website to find out more on How to publish in the ANZSWWER Journal.

Please email with any queries regarding password access or membership.

Happy reading everyone!!

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2017 ANZSWWER AGM – Executive Board Announced

The 2017 ANZSWWER Annual General Meeting was held at University of Auckland, Epsom Campus, Auckland on Thursday 7 September 2017.  From this meeting our Executive has been elected.

We welcome our new member Jodie Satour. We look forward to working with you over the coming years!

We would like to take a moment to also farewell our retiring executive member Ronnie Egan. Her commitment and tireless energy has been integral in making the organisation what it is today! We will miss you on the Executive Board but will enjoy watching your progress in your position as Chair of the National Field Education Network – a sub-committee of ANZSWWER! You have had a long standing and enormous impact on ANZSWWER and we thank you!

We would like to thank all those who expressed interest in nominating for positions. Your commitment and dedication to the organisation is appreciated and we look forward to working with you in throughout the coming years.

2017 Executive Board Members

Name Position Institution Email
Sharlene Nipperess President RMIT University
Sophie Goldingay Vice-president Deakin University
Jennifer Boddy Treasurer Griffith University
Lynelle Watts Secretary Edith Cowan University
Carole Adamson Advances editor Auckland University
Ines Zuchowski General executive James Cook University
Jill Wilson General executive University of Queensland
Phyllis Chee General executive Griffith University
David Hodgson General executive Edith Cowan University
Patricia Muncey General executive University of South Australia
Jeanette Neden General executive Queensland University of Technology
Brad Roberg General executive Western Health
Phil Crane General executive University of the Sunshine Coast 
Jodie Satour General executive Deakin University
Helen Cleak General executive Queensland University of Technology
Wendy Rollins Field Placement Position Australian Catholic University
Haidee Hicks Student position Victoria University
Sharon Walsh Student position University of Newcastle


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ANZSWWER 2017 Symposium – Information for Registrants

With just under a week till our 2017 Symposium this is promising to be an engaging and lively event held over Thursday and Friday, with the Field Education Day on the Wednesday NEXT WEEK! We hope by now you have had an opportunity to visit the website and peruse the information available. If not, we’ve included some information and inspiration below or follow the link below to the recent communication to registrants.

Email Bulletin for Registrants


6th Sept – Field Education Networking Day

Kia ora katoa and a warm Pacific welcome and safe travels to you all,
We are excited and looking forward to hosting you on Wednesday next week and for us all to be sharing a stimulating and enjoyable learning exchange.Please find attached Programme for the day – we will have a hard copy available upon registration.Ahua pai, kind regards Cherie, Jenny, Kath and Bree (Local Organising Committee)

7th-8th Sept – ANZSWWER 2017 Symposium

With around 120 papers and over 150 participants from across Australia and New Zealand attending this is going to be an exciting event and opportunity for consolidating trans-Tasman exchanges of ideas, issues, research and common challenges.

We have included downloadable versions of both the Programme and Book of Abstracts to get you inspired and start your planning for the days ahead. A hard copy of the Programme will be available upon registration.

ANZSWWER AGM – Thursday, 7th September 2017 5pm NZST

The ANZSWWER AGM will be held following the last session on the first day of the Symposium and all members are welcome.

2017 Symposium Registrations are still OPEN!

We are very excited to have a record number of participants this year, but there is still room for more. If you have yet to send in your registration please do so at your earliest convenience, so we can finalize the numbers to assist with smooth running on the day.

2017 ANZSWWER Registration Site – $AUS
2017 ANZSWWER Registration Site – $NZ


Want to take advantage of our Membership Discounts, have free access to our next Journal issue (coming out soon) or have your say at the AGM? A Membership Form has been included below.

Membership Form


I am sure you can appreciate this busy time leading up to the Sympoisum. Please direct any queries you may have to and we will respond as soon as possible. We look forward to seeing you there!

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ANZSWWER 2017 AGM announcement

The ANZSWWER AGM will be held on;

Thursday September 7th, 2017 at 5.00 pm (NZST) 
Room N3, University of Auckland, Epsom Campus, New Zealand.

Members will be able to attend the AGM in person if they are attending the ANZSWWER Symposium or live in Auckland or surrounds, NZ . If you can’t be at the AGM in person you can participate by skype. (An invitation can be sent to those interested)


Positions Vacant

A number of positions will fall vacant as per the constitutional requirements of the Association. Nominations will close on Tuesday September 5th, 2017 and voting will occur at the AGM. All position holders serve two-year terms (no more than two consecutive terms). Nominations are sought for the following positions:
  • One (1) President position
  • One (1) Secretary position
  • Six (6) General Executive Committee positions
Members who are eligible to vote (2017-2018 financial individual members or representatives of an institutional member) are encouraged to nominate for election to the Executive Committee. Do give serious thought to nominating for a committee position if you feel that you have something to offer the Association as we consolidate the considerable advances we have made in 2016-17 and move into an exciting period of change and development. Executive members participate in monthly teleconference committee meetings and will be involved in other activities relevant to promoting ANZSWWER.


How to Nominate

To nominate for executive positions, download the following 2017 AGM Nomination Form.  If you are unable to participate in the AGM in person or by skype please complete the 2017 AGM Proxy Form, so we achieve a quorum on the day.


Provisional agenda items (to be confirmed):

  • Welcome by President
  • Apologies
  • Confirmation of minutes of the 2016 AGM
  • Business arising from the minutes
  • President’s report
  • Treasurer’s report
  • Secretary’s report
  • Editors report
  • Election of ANZSWWER Executive
  • General Business
  • Close of meeting
  • Date and time of next ordinary meeting
Nominations, Proxy Forms and RSVP for attendance either in person or by skype, must be received by The ANZSWWER Secretary, Lynelle Watts, by email by close of business on Tuesday September 5th, 2017.
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2017 ANZSWWER Award Nominations (Closing 11 August)

Dear ANZSWWER members and friends

It is time to think about celebrating the achievements of our colleagues.  Please see attached award nomination form.  There are some changes to the awards process this year.

Best Abstract awards will be administered by the New Zealand Symposium organising committee and announced to the entire delegation at the upcoming Symposium in Auckland in September.  Best Abstract category is open to all symposium delegates.

All other awards will be announced at the ANZSWWER AGM at the symposium.

We are delighted to introduce the new Trans-Tasman collaboration award to join the existing suite of awards.

This year, there will only be one winner for each category and only members (individual or belonging to group membership) are eligible to receive awards listed on the form.  Please email your completed nomination form directly to by 5pm on 11  August 2017

Award Nomination Form

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“New Voices in Social Work” – Final call for abstracts

Calling all PhD and Early Career Researchers
We warmly invite you to submit an abstract to the “New Voices for Social Work” forum which will be held as one of the sessions on Friday 8 September, Day 2 of the 2017 ANZSWWER Symposium.

“New Voices in Social Work Research” is a forum where  PhD and Early Career Researchers can present their research and receive feedback from an Invited Panel of experienced researchers and research supervisors from Australia and New Zealand. It is intended to promote and disseminate social work research and identify ways in which research findings can be embedded into critically informed social work practice.

Instructions for submitting abstracts:

  • Abstracts for presentations at the “New Voices in Social Work Research” should be between 300 and 500 words in length
  • Please put the title as a header on the abstract, followed by the researcher’s name and contact email address.
  • Email a Word version of your abstract to Charlotte Williams: with ‘ANZSWWER abstract’ as the title.
  • Closing date for receipt of abstracts is Friday 7 July 2017
  • Notification of acceptance of abstracts is Friday 28 July
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