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

Calling all social work graduates! If you have graduated in the last three years and have worked as a social worker in Waitaha-Canterbury for any period of time since, you are invited to participate in this research study into how social work graduates are supported in their first year of practice. Participation is encouraged regardless of whether you have felt supported, unsupported, or otherwise, as a new graduate. All experiences are relevant and valued in this study. While the focus of the study is identifying good practice, it is critical for this to be informed by the realities of the existing context.

Despite many challenges, social work is a resilient, creative and innovative profession with countless examples of uncelebrated good practice. The purpose of this study is to identify these examples of good practice and to tap into existing potential for transformational change in the way the profession supports our graduates. The findings from this study will be published and presented to professional bodies for consideration. It is likely these findings will be used to advocate for a local pilot to support social work graduates.

The research team includes Kath Harrison, Dr Raewyn Tudor, and Joseph Tyro, who are all academic staff in the Social Work and Human Services teaching team at Ara Institute of Canterbury. Participation will involve attendance at a one-off event where you will engage in group discussions with other participants regarding your experiences of support as a new graduate.

Participants who identify as Māori will be invited to attend a Māori-specific event led by Joseph Tyro, to ensure that the experience of Māori graduates is honoured as having equal status to the experience of Tauiwi. 

Contact Kath for further details on  

My name is Suzi Gallagher and I am a student in my final year of the Master of Applied Social Work degree at Massey University. To fulfil the requirements of this degree I am undertaking a research project under the supervision of Lareen Cooper, Senior Lecturer.

The aim of the research is to explore the self-care strategies of social workers working in the field of end-of-life care. I am interested to learn about how these strategies have developed through their careers and how specific methods may relate more to this field of practice.

I am hoping to interview three social workers who meet the following criteria:

  • Hold a professional social work qualification
  • Have a minimum of three years’ experience working in end-of-life care as a social worker
  • Be based in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

If you meet these criteria, I would like to invite you to participate in this research. If you would like to participate, it will involve being available for a qualitative, semi-structured interview, either face-to-face or by Skype. I am based in Hamilton and am available to meet at a location convenient to you. The interview will be recorded and transcribed. After completion of the interview, I will send you a copy of the transcript, so you are able to make any necessary changes.

If you have any questions, or are interested in participating in this research project, please feel free to contact me.

Suzi Gallagher
021 133 8919

Tēnā koe 

E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e rau rangatira mā, tēnā koutou katoa 

Ko Sharyn Roberts tōku ingoa
He uri ahau ko Kai Tahu, Kāti Mamoe, Waitaha, Ngāti Kahungunu
I whānau ahau i Murihiku, a, i tipu ake au i Hakatere, engari kei Ōtautahi tōku kainga ināianei
Ko te whānau Davis rāua ko Horomona nō Kai Tahu, a, ko te whānau Iratana rāua ko Kelly nō Kihitu
Ko au te Pou Whakahaere ki te kapa Kaitauwhiro o Te Ora Hou Ōtautahi.
Nō rēira, tēnā koutou katoa

The study aims to investigate how Māori social workers are empowered to exercise their tino rangatiratanga which is worn as a korowai in their practice, honouring their mana tangata, and which assists them to navigate the dichotomy of two identities; being Māori and a social worker. A korowai is a garment that signifies mana and status, and I am especially interested in exploring the effect the two identities may or may not have on your social work self and your practice. Are you a Māori who is a social worker, or a social worker who is Māori?

The study will include gathering information through patapatai kanohi kitea (individual face to face interviews), and if you agree to participate will take place on an agreed date and venue and will run for approximately 60 minutes. You will be asked to sign a consent form prior to beginning the interview. The interview will consist of pre-selected questions that will be made available to you prior to the interview, to allow you time to consider your responses. The interview will be recorded, with your agreement and as a follow up to this study, you will be asked to read through the transcript of your interview and confirm its accuracy.

For further information please contact

Sharyn Roberts,

Samara Welch is a Masters of Applied Social Work student at Massey University. I am undertaking a research project on clinical supervisor’s perspectives on secondary trauma and workplace bullying experienced by their clients (professionals from family violence social services)

I am seeking participants in the Wellington region that meet the following criteria:

  • Registered Clinical Supervisors
  • 5-10 years’ experience
  • have provided supervision to professionals who have experienced workplace bullying and are working within the family violence sector

If you are interested in participating or would like further information, please contact:

Samara Welch
Master of Applied Social Worker Student

Financial management is one of the critical skills for individual’s financial well-being. Several programs have been implemented nationwide to increase individual’s financial literacy. Having a standard measurement would enhance the rigorousness of the evaluation of these programs.

Dr. Hoa Nguyen from Unitec Institute of Technology is collaborating with Henderson Budgeting Services Inc. to test and validate a financial self-efficacy scale (FSES) for people in Aotearoa New Zealand, which could then be used in future studies to examine the impacts of financial literacy education on participants’ financial self-efficacy. They need your help in testing the scale. The scale will take about 10-15 minutes to complete. All of your answers are confidential and anonymous. There is no information collected that could identify you.

Please click here to take the scale:

Tēnā koutou.

My name is Jodie Somerville and I am in the final year of a Master of Applied Social  Work at Massey University.  As part of the requirements of my degree I am undertaking a research project in which seeks social workers’ perspectives on the challenges and opportunities in the field of prenatal substance exposure.   I am also interested in understanding social workers’ views of current care and protection legislation and responses in working with prenatal substance exposure and maternal addiction.

I am looking for three participants who are social workers with two or more years experience in the fields of perinatal mental health, maternity, addictions or care and protection.

Research participation will involve no more than two hours of your time which includes a one hour semi-structured interview completed at a mutually agreed time and place.

If you are interested in participating, please email me at