The Australian Association of Social Workers and social policy debates: a strategy for the future?

Gillingham, Philip 2007, The Australian Association of Social Workers and social policy debates: a strategy for the future?, Australian social work, vol. 60, no. 2, pp. 166-180.

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Title The Australian Association of Social Workers and social policy debates: a strategy for the future?
Author(s) Gillingham, Philip
Journal name Australian social work
Volume number 60
Issue number 2
Start page 166
End page 180
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2007-06
ISSN 0312-407X
1447-0748
Keyword(s) Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)
professional social work
social policy
Summary It has been argued that the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) not only has a mandate, but also an important role to play in influencing social debates for the benefit of the users of social services and, further, that as a professional association, it is ideally positioned to do so. However, the AASW has been criticised for failing to meet this mandate and have any lasting impact on the formulation of social policy. In the present article, the author considers the process by which the AASW engages in social policy debates and speculates on the historical, cultural, and structural factors that may impede its ability to do so. From this analysis, strategies are suggested for the AASW to increase its impact on the formulation of social policy.
Language eng
Field of Research 160512 Social Policy
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, Australian Association of Social Workers
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30007253

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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