ANZASW Practice Standard 8/SWRB Core Competency 5: Research & Survey Participation Invites

Hello. My name is Ruth Choi. I work at Hospice West Auckland as a Social Worker in a Specialist Palliative Care team working with patients and their families, and deliver palliative care education in Poi & Learning and Development team of Hospice also. I am also at the University of Auckland in the Department of Education and Social Work as a Masters of Social work student, under the supervision of Dr. Jay Marlowe and would love to invite you to the possible research project in Palliative Care Social Work.

Project description and invitation

The aim of this project is to explore and advance understanding of the palliative care social work practice frameworks and assessments used in hospice and hospital settings including the community service and its implications from a practitioner’s point of view. It is my hope that this research will improve our understandings of palliative care practices in New Zealand.

If you wish to participate in this research project, you will be asked to participate in a face to face or skype interview with myself as a researcher. It is anticipated that the interview will be relatively casual and free-flowing; you may feel comfortable asking the researcher questions and expressing your opinions without judgement or disadvantage.

Specifically, I am looking for?

Social Workers who are working in the field of Palliative Care working with patients and their families in either hospice or hospital setting (including both inpatient setting or community setting)

If you are interested or know someone who might be interested please contact me, Ruth Choi, ( for further information.

ANZASW, Massey University and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) are collaborating to explore social workers’ perspectives of the strengths, challenges and approaches to including animals as part of social work practice.

There are significant benefits from the relationships between companion animals and humans. While social workers are likely to work with individuals and families with companion animals, there is an increasing need to gain a better understanding of how social work responds to practice issues in relation to human-animal bonds and human health.

Who can participate?

If you are a current qualified social worker, and work or have worked with family/whānau who have animals or consider animals as part of their family/whānau, are involved using animals in any type of therapy, or you are interested in this area of practice, we invite you to complete this anonymous online survey.


The survey will take about 20 to 30 minutes to complete. Your involvement in this study is completely voluntary. You have the right to decline to answer any questions. By submitting the survey, you will imply your consent to participate in the study.

Please take me to the Survey>>

Lucy Sandford-Reed

Chief Executive


Tel: 03 3490190 ext4



Dr. Polly Yeung

School of Social Work

Massey University

Tel: 06-3569099 ext83514



Nicole Robertson

National Target Interventions Manager

Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA)

Tel: +64277003495


Kia ora, my name is Kerri Cleaver, I’m a Ngāi Tahu woman, Social Worker and foster system survivor doing my PhD research on our experiences of identity and belonging, post foster system. I’m looking for a small number of women who want to be part of the research.

What is the Aim of the Project?

This project is seeking to hear and represent the stories and experiences of Ngāi Tahu women whom have been in the state foster care system. The project will use a combination of both photos and conversations with participants with a focus on the relationships with culture and identity.

This Project is being undertaken as part of the requirements for my (Kerri Cleaver) PhD (Doctorate in Philosophy).

Specifically I am looking for?

  • Ngāi Tahu women whom have been in foster system and are over the age of 18 years.
  • Living in Aotearoa/ New Zealand.

If you are interested or know someone who might be interested please contact me, Kerri Cleaver,, 0211933550.