World Social Work Day is an event celebrated by all members of the social work fraternity. The International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW), launched this event in 1987 and since then the day is celebrated on the official date every year on third Tuesday in March.
This is an opportunity for social workers world over to celebrate and promote the contributions of the social work profession to individuals, families, communities and wider society. The actions highlight social work’s approach to facilitating sustainable community outcomes by applying a developmental and capacity building approach coupled with advocating for social justice and human rights.
In Brisbane this year the event is being celebrated with the collaboration of Multicultural Development Association (MDA) that works with new arrivals into Australian society overcome the everyday challenges of settling into a new country and working with them to build their futures. MDA works with new refugees and migrants regain independence, restore hope and foster that priceless feeling that they belong in their new home.
A new video that Illustrates refugee experience as articulated by MDA clients will be shown, followed by Ms Jamila Padhee the Deputy CEO of MDA who will highlight the contrast between Refugee experience and asylum seekers in her words it is ‘a life on hold’.
Alyas Taqawi will share her personal experience as an asylum seeker, while senior staff member Katie Artiss, will share experience of utilising Appreciative Inquiry in the asylum seeker context. The program is organised by the social work discipline under the School of Allied Health.