The theme for World Social Work Day 2024 is ‘Buen Vivir: Shared Future for Transformative Change,’ which emphasises the need for social workers to adopt innovative, community-led approaches that are grounded in indigenous wisdom and harmonious coexistence with nature. As we navigate the multifaceted challenges of today’s world, from violent conflicts to environmental crises, the principle of “Buen Vivir” guides social workers to prioritise true well-being, which is rooted in community and harmony with nature. As we approach World Social Work Day, this theme serves as a timely reminder of the transformative role social workers play in driving positive change and fostering communities that thrive on mutual respect and sustainability.

Join CMHL as we explore the theme with a line-up of fantastic speakers.

- Professor Linda Briskman, Margaret Whitlam Chair of Social Work, Social Work and Communities Western Sydney University
- Jacara Egan, Wayapa Wuurrk practitioner
- Dr Natasha Long, Lecturer La Trobe University


  • Professor Linda Briskman (Margaret Whitlam Chair of Social Work) — Western Sydney University
  • Dr Natasha Long (Lecturer) — LaTrobe University
  • Jacara Egan — Wayappa Wuurrk Practitioner

Eligibility criteria

These are free events designed for members of the public clinical mental health workforce in Victoria, (staff employed at Area Mental Health Services, Forensicare or mental health staff from RCH) and lived experience workforces (LEW) working in either public clinical or community mental health state-funded roles. Other workforce in partner organisations, such as AOD organisations or ACCHOs, may sometimes be eligible.

Categories: Capability 14 - Embedding evidence-informed continuous improvement
Disciplines: Allied Health
Levels: Introductory
Lifespans: Adult

Tuesday 19 March 2024
09:00 to 12:30
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