ANZASW Quality and Innovation Awards 2017: Winners and Information

It is with great pleasure that the ANZASW 2017 Quality and Innovation Awards were announced on Social Workers Day 27th September 2017.

The Awards were assessed by a Panel of three members, Hori Ahomiro Bay of Plenty DHB, Sally Dalhousie The Fono Health & Social Services and Deb Stanfield Wintec. The Panel is thanked for their thoughtful consideration of the portfolios.

The Supreme Award and Certificate of Excellence in Innovative Practice

is awarded to Nicki Weld for her work E Ko te Matakahi Maire – Therapeutic Social Work.

The Assessment Panel Commented:

ANZASW Quality & Innovation Award Nicki WeldThis handbook titled ‘E ko te Matakahi Maire’ was an interesting, innovative piece of work providing an ‘encyclopaedia’ of therapeutic interventions. A book of how and what to do for social workers. The panel was impressed with its myriad of ‘content in context’ models, graphs, questionnaires and reflection prompts.

The therapeutic role of social workers in New Zealand has historically been understated so this is a welcome attempt to encourage social workers to advance their skills in this regard and not be afraid to use them!  It is also a good example of an NGO taking leadership in the profession by providing such a resource and creating opportunity for more resources to be developed.

Social workers are challenged to deepen the scope of their work and the level of emotional support and analysis that they offer to those who have experienced trauma.

A courageous and comprehensive resource for social workers and the profession. 

Congratulations for an exceptional piece of work and a valuable creative resource.

Ka mau te wehi e Nicki!

 

Certificate of Excellence in Research

is awarded to Andrea Greer for her work Relationships Matter? Therapeutic Model of Care.

The Assessment Panel Commented:

This is an exceptional MSW research project with good results and with ongoing usefulness for social workers in their work with whānau, children, families and initiative taken to continue developing and sharing the work achieved. The application was very well supported with full detailed information for the panel. The integrated model of care applies well to the field of care and protection providing information about brain development and insightful understanding of ‘connectedness’ using personal stories and stories by children to form a powerful message. A simplistic yet very well researched piece of work that demonstrated creative thinking skills.

 

Certificate of Achievement, Innovative Practice and Indigenous Knowledge

is awarded to Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga for Te Wairatahi.

The Assessment Panel Commented:

The values and vision behind the service gives confidence that service users would be invited into the service with respect, caring and hope. 

There is a vital indigenous knowledge perspective that forms part of the service vision and is key to engagement with Maori and Pakeha alike. These values in practice were described as whanaungatanga, kotahitanga, kaitiakitanga and whakamana which undoubtedly form the Indigenous bodies of Knowledge and a holistic view of daily working in the lives of Te Wairatahi kaimahi, clients and their families. This is a fantastic example of organisational transformation implementing a ‘lean’ model with a customer service focus. 

The values and vision behind the service gives confidence that service users would be invited into the service with respect, caring and hope. 

There is a vital indigenous knowledge perspective that forms part of the service vision and is key to engagement with Maori and Pakeha alike. These values in practice were described as whanaungatanga, kotahitanga, kaitiakitanga and whakamana which undoubtedly form the Indigenous bodies of Knowledge and a holistic view of daily working in the lives of Te Wairatahi kaimahi, clients and their families.

 

Certificate of Achievement in Innovative Practice

is awarded to Janine Joyce for Peacing Together, Kotahitanga Manaakitanga Te Kawa

The Assessment Panel Commented:

This project deconstructed traditional societal / community structures in order to celebrate ‘peace’ through a community based event.  The panel would like to acknowledge the volunteer, community and cultural diversity that have shaped this presentation via video clips, feedback, questionnaires, Hui, visioning and korero a waha, and practical methods including the principles of kotahitanga and manaakitanga. What this has demonstrated is an indigenous perspective of tikanga, kawa and whanaungatanga in practice, while simultaneously identifying ‘differences in identity, culture, motivation and belief systems.

This project included an inspiring group of people with a strong vision and the energy to realise it. The journal article about it was well written and provides a good “template” for others to use as a guide should they wish to replicate the event or something like it. We need more of this activism in our social work community so this is to be celebrated.