I was appointed to the SWRB in Feb 2013. I am also a member of ANZASW. I am committed to the professionalism of social work.
I gained my first professional social worker qualification from Otago University. I came to social work following a career in the sciences. This science background means I approach social work practice from a scientific analytical standpoint and I favour social work critical reflective practice theories.
I am currently the Social Work Professional Leader for the Southern District Health. This role also includes clinical practice in Women’s and Children’s Health.
Since graduating as a social worker I have gained additional postgraduate qualifications in my practice area. These qualifications include Diploma for Graduates (Psychology), Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (endorsed in Child and Adolescent Mental Health), Postgraduate Diploma in Child Advocacy, and Masters in Social Welfare (endorsed in Social Service Management and Supervision). My Master’s thesis was about developing a National Health Social Work Competency Framework.
Experssions of interest are invited from suitable qualified persons who would like to be considered for appointment as a lay-member (not registered social workers) to be part of the Social Workers Registration Board. The Board's role is to protect the public's safety by implementing a registration framework to ensure social workers are competent to practise and be held accountable for their practice. Below is more information and how to apply for this role:
The Code of Conduct has been updated by the SWRB. The SWRB has soughted suggestions from a range of organisations and individuals to ensure the ongoing relevance, and to reflect issues that arise in practice. Please download your copy below and formalise yourself with the new Code of Conduct.
Competency to practise social work with Māori is an ongoing debate to ensure safe and culturally responsive services for Māori engaging with Social Workers. How competency is assessed, what measures and process is used and the framework to define competency has been challenged by Tāngata Whenua over many years.
A draft 'kaitiakitanga' framework grounded in Te Ao Māori principles has been developed. You can download the Kaitiakitanga Draft Concept document here