Social Work research Best Paper Awards

Social Work research recognised in Hong Kong

In late May Dallas O’Connor and Amelia Wheeler, both PhD Candidates in Social Work at the University of NSW, attended the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s 50th Anniversary Social Work Postgraduate Research Symposium.

Over two days more than 70 students from across China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Canada, the UK and Australia presented research papers relating to an area of social policy and social work. Papers were organized into three categories.

Dallas’s paper, entitled "Understanding Clergy-Parishioner Relations in Congregational Settings: A Qualitative Analysis", won a Best Paper Award in his category.

Likewise Amelia’s paper, entitled "Bringing the Child's Perspective into Family Dispute Resolution: A Critical Analysis of Policy and Legislation Related to Australian Post-Separation Family Dispute Resolution Practices" won a Best Paper Award in her category.

Both papers were based on the students’ ongoing PhD research, supervised by Dr. Jan Breckenridge and Ms. Kerrie James in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Both Dallas and Amelia have been invited to attend the same symposium in 2014, which will be held at Nankai University in China.

Thanks are extended to the students’ supervisors and the Social Work Department at UNSW for their nomination and support, and also to the staff and students at the Chinese University of Hong Kong for hosting such an engaging symposium.

Picture: Amelia Wheeler and Dallas O'Connor, back row 3rd & 4th from left, 31 May 2013

Source: Wheeler & O'Connor

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