Aboriginal Social Work Academics: Failure to Thrive due to Having to Fight to Survive?

Bindi Bennett

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The Behrendt report (2012) highlighted the significant lack of
representation of Aboriginal people in higher education. It called
for a collaborative approach by governments, universities, and
professional bodies to drive systemic changes. In the last decade,
this has resulted in an increase of Aboriginal students, staff, and
researchers. This article presents a qualitative research study in
which Aboriginal social work academic participants described
their experiences of curriculum changes, workload, and research
in the academy. Implications for universities, and social work
programs, in particular, show where more is needed in the form
of antiracist action plans and follow-through with these to
address failure to thrive due to having to fight to survive in the
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)344-357
Number of pages14
JournalAustralian Social Work
Issue number3
Early online date14 Nov 2021
Publication statusPublished - 2022


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