AASW - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information For Members
Social work and Coronavirus (COVID-19)Everyday social workers are working directly with clients across a wide range of health and social supports and services. They play a vital role, especially in times of emergencies and issues related to public health. We recognise the impact that the recent developments with COVID-19 have had on our members and the general community. Social workers, like many health professionals, are concerned about the impact of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on their well-being, the people to whom they provide services, their families, and others in the community. For social workers this affects us at a professional and personal level.Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness caused by a new virus. Symptoms range from a mild cough to pneumonia. Some people recover easily, others may get very sick very quickly. There is evidence that it spreads from person to person. Good hygiene can prevent infection.The AASW isfollowing Department of Health guidelines and we have been closely following the developments. The AASW has been providing regular updates through the e-Bulletin in relation to government guidelines and recommendations for health staff. The AASW has been working on multiple fronts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and ensure access to services, such as advocacy for the expansion of telehealth. Social workers are in a unique position to promote disease prevention efforts (including disseminating accurate information from trusted sources), aand to help address anxiety and other concerns that are arising as a result of this public health crisis.
Visit the AASW’s dedicated page for all the latest information, including AASW actions and advocacy. In our role as the peak representative body for Australian social workers we will continue to advocate for the social work profession and clients, with a focus on socialjustice and human rights.