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Experiences and Expectations of Early Career Australian Social Workers

I am a Social Work PhD candidate at Curtin University, Western Australia. My research will explore experiences of social workers in their first year of practice in the health sector and the views of those who manage or supervise them. To participate in this research you should be either:

Early career social workerSupervisor and/or manager
Graduate of an Australian accredited social work degree. Supervisor may be internal or external to the workplace, providing formal supervision to the early career social worker in the health sector.
Eligible for Australian Association of Social Workers membership. Manager is the direct line manager of a social worker who meets the early career social worker criteria.
Employed in or having left a government or non-government position in the health sector. The social worker they manage/supervise does not need to be participating in the study and vice versa.
With no more than 3 years experience.

Please select the questionnaire appropriate to your role

early career social workers

managers and supervisors


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Information sheets

Participant Information Sheet for Phase One: Questionnaires

Your role
If you agree to participate you will be asked to do the first phase of the study. Then you can choose whether to take part in phase two. Phase one is the questionnaire that should take about 15 minutes to complete. A second information sheet is provided under the information tab about phase two, the interview with the researcher.

Participation in the questionnaire is entirely voluntary, and you may withdraw from the study at any time.

Confidentiality
Your responses are confidential. This will be maintained by coding the information you provide with numbers. The data will be stored electronically and password protected. On completion the raw data will remain the property of Curtin University and will continue to be stored securely for up to seven years at Curtin University. You will not be identifiable in any published material. The publication of any data will be solely for research and educational purposes.

Further Information
This study has been approved by the Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee (Approval Number HR 211/2014). The Committee is comprised of members of the public, academics, lawyers, doctors and pastoral carers. If needed, verification of approval can be obtained either by writing to the Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee, c/- Office of Research and Development, Curtin University, GPO Box U1987, Perth, 6845 or by telephoning 08 9266 9223 or by emailing hrec@curtin.edu.au

For further information or issues regarding this study please feel free to contact me. Alternatively, you can contact my supervisor Dr Angela Fielding, at the School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work, Curtin University on 08 9266 7637 or A.Fielding@curtin.edu.au

Thank you for your time. Your participation in this research will help to provide important information to better support and sustain Australian social work practice.

Catherine Stewart
catherine.stewart@postgrad.curtin.edu.au

Participant Information Sheet for Phase Two: Interviews

Your role
There are two phases of the study. The first involves the completion of the questionnaire. If you choose to take part in phase two, the interview with the researcher, you can provide your details at the end of the questionnaire. The interview can be face-to-face or a Skype interview and will take about one hour at your workplace or a venue convenient to you. Following the interview I will summarise the interview into themes that were discussed. I will send this to you and would be happy to receive a response by email from you.

Participation in the questionnaire and interview is entirely voluntary, and you may withdraw from the study at any time. Should you experience any negative emotions following the interview please click here for support services or you can contact me directly for referral for further support.

Confidentiality
Your responses are confidential. This will be maintained by de-identifying all documentation with pseudonyms attached to transcripts of the interview. The data will be stored electronically and password protected. Only my supervisors and I will have access to the data. De-identified hard copies will be kept in a locked storage cabinet in my swipe card accessible office. On completion the raw data will remain the property of Curtin University and will continue to be stored securely for up to seven years at Curtin University. You will not be identifiable in any published material. The publication of any data will be solely for research and educational purposes.

Further Information
This study has been approved by the Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee (Approval Number HR 211/2014). The Committee is comprised of members of the public, academics, lawyers, doctors and pastoral carers. If needed, verification of approval can be obtained either by writing to the Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee, c/- Office of Research and Development, Curtin University, GPO Box U1987, Perth, 6845 or by telephoning 08 9266 9223 or by emailing hrec@curtin.edu.au

For further information or issues regarding this study please feel free to contact me. Alternatively, you can contact my supervisor Dr Angela Fielding, at the School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work, Curtin University on 08 9266 7637 or A.Fielding@curtin.edu.au

Thank you for your time. Your participation in this research will help to provide important information to better support and sustain Australian social work practice.

Catherine Stewart
catherine.stewart@postgrad.curtin.edu.au

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