World Social Work Day – Haidee Hicks

Madeline Neeson
By Madeline Neeson
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To celebrate World Social Work Day we interviewed some of our Social Work academics about the social work profession and this year’s theme: ‘Co-building a New Eco-Social World: Leaving No One Behind’.

Read our interview with Social Work discipline lead, haidee hicks.

What inspired you to become a social worker?

I wanted to work with aboriginal communities as I had studied Anthropology in my undergraduate study. The social work degree I studied at the University of Western Australia also offered a strrong focus in community development.

What is the most rewarding thing about the social work profession?

There are many rewarding aspects and for me, it is about working to achieve a social justice agenda – wherever we work – our profession values social justice and human rights.

What does this year’s theme: ‘Co-building a New Eco-Social World: Leaving No One Behind’ mean to you?’

The theme is an important one that reminds us of the disproportonate impact of climate change on vulnerable communities. It ensures that our social work practice driven by values of eco-justice.

What piece of advice would you give to those wanting to pursue a career in social work?

Go for it! It’s an important profession that has great potential – locally and globally.

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