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  • Closing the Gap Day 2023

    I have been on my placement for over two weeks now, and things are starting to fall into place. I am placed in the Aboriginal homelessness/housing crisis sector and spent the first few days trying to understand the policies, legislation and complexity of the housing system. Homelessness is much more than people sleeping rough, it has a background involving trauma, mental health concerns, domestic violence, isolation and at times, policies that largely suit the dominant population in Australia. In many Aboriginal communities, the concept of kinship and family unit is vastly different from the definition of the western family unit. People can come down to visit and stay with each other for months. For e.g. An Aboriginal family coming down from Northern Territory to their relatives in Adelaide during the summer months. This means that Aboriginal people are often at risk of losing their homes, or rentals because of overcrowding. I find this definition to be insensitive and biased against the Aboriginal communities because we have a similar system back in my home country, where a house extends its support to the extended family and community. When we say that colonisation continues to take place in Australia, it is referring to these policies which discriminate against Aboriginal communities. In my observation, I find that these matters are often hidden from the general public, who are still to learn so much more about the Aboriginal way of life. So, when the opportunity came up, I asked my supervisor whether I could attend “Closing the Gap Day” on 16th March 2023. The event was held at the Jubilee Pavilion at Adelaide Showgrounds, a space large enough to accommodate thousands of patrons. When I reached there, I was delighted to see a large number of Aboriginal and Non-Indigenous people waiting in line to experience and support the event. When I went inside, there were hundreds of stalls with infographics, statistics and brochures on health care, aged care, disability, employment, homelessness, youth services etc. Native geckos, snakes and other reptiles were showcased to make the event interesting to a large number of school students. That view instilled hope in me for future generations as they learn more about the land on which they live in. There were also many food stalls and freebies on offer, making it a complete carnival. I would recommend every social work student to attend such events, as it opens our eyes to the scale of work left to be done. For eg., One of the most common issues faced by the Aboriginal community today is the lack of access to adequate dental and eye care. This may sound completely unrelated to the work we do. But the more I learn, the more I find how interconnected so many of the issues are. Links for more information - gap-implementation-plan-2023 Aakaash Chiramal MSW Student @ Flinders University

  • Study Support Options - @ Flinders

    We thought the best way to start the ball rolling was to include the range of Study Support Options available directly from Flinders. The information below is all available from the Student Support page located on Brought to you by FUSWA

  • First Year @ Flinders University?

    Congratulations on becoming a Social Work Student at Flinders University! The first year at Flinders can bring with it a mix of emotions. The excitement and jubilation of receiving your confirmation, knowing that you have been accepted as a university student, is often followed by the daunting reality that there is so much to do, before you even start your first lecture. It's usually at this point, many new students at the beginning of their academic journey can become overwhelmed. First year students may even start freaking out with the feeling that they have so much to do, have absolutely no idea what needs to be done, or even where to start. Whilst others may believe they are across everything, only to find a few weeks into the semester that they've missed something, only to find themselves in catch-up mode. Either way, as a student of Flinders University, you are not alone and you'll soon discover that 2nd, 3rd and even 4th year students can sometimes feel the same way at the beginning of a new year, as you do right now.'s not all that scary! You will soon discover that university brings with it a whole world of support, be it from the College (including staff), your FUSWA Team, FUSA, or the student community (your peers). As a new student (or even if you are a returning student who just needs some guidance), we have put together a few things below to aid you in your academic journey. CEPSW Firstly, the best place to start is to reach out to the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work (CEPSW) and chat with the enrollments team about Study Plans. Study Plans are the road map to topics and what direction to take should you need to change you course structure, or just know what you need to do each semester. We highly recommend students send through an email at the end of each semester to get their Study Plan updated. Reach out to CEPSW and organise a meeting in person, or over the phone. They will be able to answer the majority of your questions and provide amazing support throughout your academic journey. CEPSW contact information - Email: ​ ​Telephone: (08) 8201 7800 FUSWA Reach out to the Flinders University Social Work Association (FUSWA) and ask for help. The FUSWA Team are made up of students at different stages of their degree, and pathways (BSW & MSW), and have been exactly where you are right now. Connect with FUSWA - O'WEEK Come along to O'Week and make sure you visit the various stalls, and events. This fun week, starting at the beginning of every semester, provides you an opportunity to meet other students, the FUSWA Team, and attend events that give you a great kick start to your year. O'Week @ Flinders FUSA The Flinders University Student Association (FUSA) provides a range of support to all students. The Committee, made up of students from different disciplines, are always on hand to help. Connect with FUSWA STUDENT SOCIAL MEDIA You have a range of Facebook Pages, Messenger and Chats to join that can help you connect with other Social Work Students. FUSWA Facebook Page Flinders University Social Work Students Join the Social Work Students Messenger Community Chat Masters of Social Work at Flinders External Students BSW Online Discussion Forum Overheard At Flinders University FUSA Flinders University Student Association If you discover other things that help you, let the FUSWA Team know and we can include them on this Blog. But for now, we hope this helps, and you have an awesome experience at Flinders! The FUSWA Team

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  • Safe Environment Training | FUSWA

    Safe Environments for Children and Young People - "Through their eyes" This is the South Australian Government-approved course for mandatory notifiers under the Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017. This course has replaced the prior Child Safe Environments course, and any current Child Safe Environments certifications you possess are still valid. ​ ​ ​ Training provider - "Safe Place Training" is a preferred supplier of Safe Environments for Children and Young People - 'Through Their Eyes' for the Department of Human Services. For full course details, please visit the Safe Place Training website. ​ *** FUSWA IS UNABLE TO ORGANISE THIS TRAINING *** Want to Organise your training? Want to Organise your training? Want to Organise your training? Contact 'Safe Place Training' and get a group of student's together to SAVE $$ on training cost. ​ Training is provided via Webinar across the week and weekends. Approved Public Training Providers Approved Public Training Providers Approved Public Training Providers Click the link below to view the full list of The Department of Human Services (DHS) Approved Public Training Providers. Approved Providers FUSWA Flinders University Social Work Association EMAIL URGENT MATTERS FOLLOW US

  • Field Placement | FUSWA

    Field Placement The in's and out's of Social Work Field Placement Updated November 2024 Ok, you've hit that point in your degree and need to get ready for Field Placement. Whether you're a BSW or MSW student, we've put some basic information together that we feel will be helpful, and hopefully ease you into the process. ​ Firstly, what is Placement? Field education is important to social work education. It is a required component of all undergraduate and postgraduate social work programs in Australia and a compulsory element of your studies outlined by the AASW. ​ Field placements are organised learning experiences in which a student is put in an agency or community to work on specific activities under the supervision of a social worker, and the Flinders field education staff. The material offered here is intended to help students in navigating what's involved in the field education placement process, and hopefully make it a little easier for you to achieve a successful and gratifying placement experience. ​ Basically, we've tried to provide you with the basics and what you need leading up to, and whilst you are on placement. ​ From the FUSWA Team, good luck and enjoy the experience! Work Integrated Learning Support (WIL) – Social Work Phone Location Mail Phone CEPSW WIL Office: (08) 8201 5410 College of Education, Psychology and Social Work Education Building, Level 4, Room 4.69 GPO Box 2100 | Adelaide | South Australia | 5001 CEPSW WIL Flo Site Pre-Placement Steps Step 1. Step 2. Step 3. Step 4. Step 5. Step 6. Step 7. Grants & Scholarships Prerequisites Topics You Need Before placement, you need to have completed all prerequisite topics. To check what topics are required, we recommend reaching out to a College of Education, Psychology and Social Work (CEPSW) administrative officer and let them prepare a topic study plan for you. Mail Phone Phone (08) 8201 7800 Location Level 4, Room 469, Education Building Bedford Park, SA 5042 Working with Children Check ​ ​ Aged Care Sector Check The WIL Support Team will initiate these checks on your behalf. DHS will then email you - follow the instructions in the email to complete the process. Upload evidence of your clearance to InPlace. DHS Screening and background checks Screening Unit checks overview and details Safe Environments Certificate Child Safe Environments training is to be organised by you. It is mandatory that you take training in order to understand your obligatory notification requirements while dealing with children and young people. The National Guidelines for Child Safe Organisations are in accordance with this. We strongly recommend gathering a group of your fellow peers to organise this training, as this may provide you a group booking discount. FUSWA may organise this training via a third party provider, but is dependent upon time constraints and training provider availability. Safe Environments Training in detail and where you can book training RRHAN-EC (school based placement) Complete the Responding to Risks of Harm, Abuse and Neglect: Fundamentals Course and upload a copy of the completion certificate to InPlace. The course type is self-directed, online and provides essential knowledge set when working in schools. Running time: 2 hours and is FREE to do. Fundamentals course: Responding to Risks of Harm, Abuse and Neglect – Education and Care State-based Working with Children Clearance (all interstate placements) Different states and territories have their own clearances required for working with children. Please refer to instructions from the WIL Support Team if you don’t already have a clearance relevant to your placement location. More info from SA Gov site Please ref to relevant state for detailed information State-based Mandatory Reporting (all interstate placements) Different states and territories have their own mandatory reporting requirements. Please refer to instructions from the WIL Support Team if you don’t already have a clearance relevant to your placement location. Mandatory Reporting Guide All Other Checks Aged Care SA Health NDIS ​ COVID-19 Vaccination Please refer to your Social Work – Pre-Placement Checklist provided by email from the Placement Team. It is your responsibility to be aware of what checks you require. If you have any questions, please refer them to the WIL Support Team . They are there to help you! ​ Social Work Placement Requirements Flinders Website Visit the Flinders University Social Work Placements webpage. This contains detailed information for all students going on Field Placement. This is your go to page for your questions, links & detailed requirements. Preparation for your placement experience Pre-Placement Checklist Placement Document To assist you with the pre-placement process, the Pre-Placement Checklist will be emailed out from the Placement Team. This document contains the following information: How to update your Student Information on InPlace. How to complete your Compliance Requirements for Placement, and How to prepare for your Placement Interview. 2024 Pre-placement Checklist Example only and may be out of date Please check your email for updates Essential pre-placement checks Compliance Checks Mandatory for Placement Here's the list of mandatory compliance checks you need for Field Placement. But please check your email from the Placement Team ensure you have the most recent information and what checks are required! Essential pre-placement checks National Police Check Application Provide a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check (NCCHC) Check. Must include ‘Unsupervised Contact with Vulnerable Groups’ and be located in Aged/Health Care Sector. Are you working or volunteering with children? (tick) Will you have contact with Vulnerable Groups? (tick) Check Type - Individual Concession (IC) (tick) Reason for Check - (IMPORTANT TO WRITE) UNI PLACEMENT - UNSUP VULN GRPS SAPOL Check - Application Example ONLY Placement Guides CEPSW Work Integrated Learning Rural, interstate and workplace-based placement guides. Community development placements. Residential aged care placements. SA Health placements. School-based placements. Placement Sessions by the WIL Team by the FUSWA Team Keep an eye on your emails for the WIL Support Team information session they run. This provides excellent information on your placement requirements. FUSWA try to provide Placement Sessions each semester, but these are subject to Council Member and Academic Staff availability. If you miss a session, check our past recordings from the FUSWA Placement Sessions we've run. Be mindful that things change, and these sessions are for historical context. We recommend attending current sessions. 2024, S1 - Placement Preparation Information Session Presentation Slides (5/10/2023) FUSWA YoutTube Channel InPlace Student Portal Personal Details Document Uploads Student Information Required for Placement Information required for EPSW - Social Work Compulsory Compliance - for All Students. To access InPlace, log into your Okta Dashboard and select the InPlace icon. (If the InPlace Placement System is missing from your Dashboard, you may need to contact Flinders IDS on 08 8201 2345.) Once you have logged into InPlace, select your FAN in the top right corner of the homepage and then select ‘My Details’. [Staff & Students] Scroll down the page to locate the section ‘EPSW Social Work Student Information’. This is the section you need to update by Complete all relevant drop downs to ensure your details are up to date, including areas of interest. Upload ALL documents into this portal before the deadline outlined in the email from the Placements Team. ​ The WIL Support Team will check and approve valid compliance items or reject wrong ones via InPlace. Students can resubmit the right compliance item, and comments are supplied to explain why it was denied. Please check your InPlace on a regular basis for any compliance that may have been denied. You will be unable to begin placement until you have met the compliance standards. Student Placement Portal Compliance Checks Based on P references List of additional compliance checks based on your Placement preferences. Please check your email from the Placement Team ensure you have the most recent information and what checks you need to do! FUSWA Toolbox For heaps of downloadable resources, visit the FUSWA Toolbox. We might have just what you're looking for! TOOLBOX Flinders Scholarships FUSA Grants SCHOLARSHIPS GRANTS InPlace Deadline Start the compliance process as early as possible! But if you don't have what you need in time? Request an online extension. Edit Problems or Concerns Before or during Placement? ​ Discuss with your placement supervisor first. If they can't resolve it, contact the WIL Support Team. ​ Contact Need Help? It's OK to ask for help! ​ If a problem or concern is harming your well-being, reach out to a counsellor. 8.45am - 5pm +61 8201 2118 Contact Out of Hours Help Flinders University Out-of-hours Crisis Line. Weekends / Public Holidays 5pm - 9am 1300 512 409 Txt Msg. 0488 884 103 Contact Now that you have all the pre-placement steps taken care of and uploaded everything you need into InPlace, what's next? "Your Placement Interview" Here's what we suggest and some information provided to students by the WILL Team to help you increase your chances and maximize your potential. Placement Interview The basics of what you need to know In Summary Before the match becomes official, all social work students who have been matched to an agency by the WIL Support Team will be expected to attend an interview. The WIL Support Team will send you an email with match details and guidance on how to confirm your interview with your host agency. The WIL Support Team will help and support you through everything. Placement Interview Guide (@ FLO) Your Resume A resume is a document that a person creates and uses to demonstrate their history, abilities, and accomplishments. It reflects your personality and is based on years of experience. Keep it to 1-2 pages in general and only use the most recent experience you have, say the last 2 to 5 years. In the interview you can expand. Some good examples can be found on - @ FLO or and SW Resume Template (Download) Email Signature An email signature is a block of text at the end of an email which includes professional contact details. What to Include in an Email Signature First and Last Name. Affiliation Info (such as "Social Work Student" and "Flinders University") Email address and mobile number. Social Profile Icons. Awards and Certificates. Example Email Signatures (Download) Introduction Email To write an introductory email that gets a good reaction, be genuine, straightforward, and engaging. A good introductory email should be clear, concise and free of grammatical errors. Confirm what you need to bring to the interview. Don't go into too much detail about yourself. Follow up with a phone call if you haven't received a response in 3-4 working days. Student Email To Agency (Example) Preparing For The Interview A good interview plays a role in gaining placement and is great practice for when you are job seeking. The WIL Support Team have a wealth of information to help you to succeed. If you are not successful in the first interview, don't freak out! The process is not over and you will get another chance of placing with a different agency. It just means your placement start date is pushed out. Preparing For The Interview (@ FLO) A Little Research Helps Researching the Agency helps you understand what skills, knowledge and personal attributes they might be looking for, and questions they may ask. Make a note of any standout information. Visit their website to discover their mission, values, clients, model of service delivery, etc Jump onto their social media accounts to view recent news like Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram. 7 Things To Research (@ Glassdoor) Know Your Story "Tell me about yourself?" "Why did you decide to do social work?" They appear to be easy questions, but are they? These might be the questions that cause you to fail the interview if you are unprepared. Make a table with four categories and a list of details and scenarios for each area that may be relevant to the placement host and experience you are interviewing for. Develope Your 'Story' (@ FLO) What To Wear Wear an appropriate outfit. You won't be expected to wear formal work attire, but make sure you look clean, and neat. Clean, neutral slacks or pants, dress shirts, and jackets are safe choices. Don't go in wearing t-shits with slogans or images that could be deemed inappropriate. Ripped jeans, shorts or thongs (flip flops) are never advised. To ease your nerves, wear something you comfortable on the day. What To Wear (@Indeed) Where Are You Going? Being late to an interview is a really bad way to start off. Be it in person, or online. Know where you are going and how best to get there, either using public transport or your own car. We recommend arriving up 10 - 15 minutes early because this gives you time to relax and gather your thoughts. It gives you time to chat to Agency staff, providing you some good questions to ask during the interview. Showing Up On The Day (@ JobSage) First Impressions Count How to make a great first impression in an interview? ​Attitude! Having really positive attitude is a must. How you look and act can matter as much as your knowledge, your education, skills, experience and ideas. Genuine - Be your authentic self. Be Nervous - don't try and hide it, just be honest and upfront about how you feel. Language - if you feel its a barrier, say so. People will tend to accommodate you. Careers Interview Session, May 2021 How to Answer Questions There are generally 4 main types of interview questions you'll get - Behavioural: 'Tell us a time...' Situational: 'What would you do if...' Case study: 'Your client presents with...' Technical/Skill: referring to tools, knowledge, industry specific details For behavioural questions the STAR (@ FLO) response is a great guide on how to formulate your responses. Careers Interview Session, May 2021 Questions to ask? (hint) Asking questions about the interviewers own experience at the organization can help you build rapport and gain direct feedback about what it's like to work there. They may also offer a more detailed view of the people you will be working with and the environment. Be prepared for personal questions and the all important, "Why do you want to be a SW?" & "Why do you want to be here?". Big Interview Overview (@ Flinders) What to do after the Interview It's great to send some love, so email the Agency and thank them for their time soon after your interview. It shows that you are keen and keeps you top of mind. Another great hint is to follow up with the Agency a few days later by telephone. This gives you the chance to ask how you went, what things could have been better, and what things they liked. Good for personal development. After the Interview (@Indeed) Unsuccessful Interview? If you're not successful, don't freak out! Every effort will be made to match you with a different agency. The ability to rematch will be determined by a variety of factors like reasons why you weren't successful, timings in the placement process, and availability of placements. It's not the end of your journey, just a slight bump in the road. Contact the WIL Support Team. WIL Support Team Email Social Work Careers Pack FLO provides a great range of information to assist you through the process. To find valuable resources, visit the resources - Field Education Placements - Preparing for your Interview! Social Work Careers Pack Where to Find Help Don't be scared to look for help. The WIL Support Team provides all students assistance in their Placement. Social Work Placements : Phone: 08 8201 5410 Careers and Employability Service Phone: 08 8201 2832 Email: Financial support and scholarships Financial Support (@FLO) You are now on Field Placement - Congratulations! Bet you're wondering what to expect right? Here's some insight into what you will be required to do whilst on your Placement and what resources are available to you. During Placement This section currently under development. Placement This section currently under development. Placement This section currently under development. Placement This section currently under development. Field Placement STUDENT FIELD PLACEMENTS We have provided some downloadable PDF information to assist students, however to access the full Work Integrated Learning (WIL) directly related to the course you're studying, c lick on the link below. This will direct you to the Preparation Information for your placement experience page located on Flinders. Placements (Work Integrated Learning) Student Fact Sheet (download) To Contact Your WIL Placement Team - College of Education, Psychology and Social Work Location: Education Building Front Office (Level 4, Room 4.69) Phone: 8201 5410 Email: FUSWA Guide to Field Placement Watch it on Watch it on Watch it on

  • Loyalty | Flinders University Social Work Association | Bedford Park

    Loyalty Program is not available. Redeeming Rewards When you have reached enough points, an email will be sent out to you. Click the link directing you to the Rewards Page. Click on the Redeem Reward button and you will be provided with a Code. Simply send us a message, including this Code to Redeem your Reward. (No email? Check your SPAM / JUNK folder)

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