The Social Policy Context of the Norma Parker Addresses

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Little is currently known about the social policy history and activism of the Australian Association of Social Workers. This paper addresses that gap in knowledge by examining the social policy context and Australian Association of Social Workers policy activism identified in 20 Norma Parker Addresses from 1969 to 2012. A number of key themes are identified including a concern that social workers take a structural or social justice approach to policy debates, a belief that social workers should be more prominent in policy activism, challenges or barriers to social work activism, and a growing engagement with Indigenous issues. Further research on the detail and history of Australian Association of Social Workers policy activism beyond this exploratory study is recommended.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-45
Number of pages17
JournalAustralian Social Work
Issue numbersup1
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Social Work History
  • Policy Activism
  • AASW
  • Social Justice
  • Indigenous Affairs

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