Canberra Health Services professional development presentation: What sort of health social worker would I like to be in 2022?

Activity: Engagement and professional developmentDelivery of advanced professional developmentAcademic


Global and local events such as COVID-19 and the Black Summer Bushfires have impacted Canberra Health Services and how social workers practice. We will be exploring with Monica and Emma how social work is defined by ethical principles and how these principles influence our current and future practice. Monica and Emma will introduce major ethical theories such as deontology, consequentialism/utilitarianism and virtue ethics and explain how they can interact with the AASW Code of Ethics. In this presentation and associated discussion time, together, we will all explore the question: what sort of health social worker would you like to be in 2022?


Dr Monica Short is a social work lecturer and social science researcher. Prior to her academic career, Monica worked as a social worker for over 20 years in large government organisations, in professional, project management, and managerial roles. Dr Emma Rush is a philosopher, lecturer and researcher. Emma brings ethical knowledge and the clarity and rigour that are characteristic of philosophical skills to areas outside philosophy. Both Monica and Emma research and publish in the field of ethics.
Period28 Oct 2021
Held atCanberra Health Services, Australia
Degree of RecognitionRegional


  • social work
  • ethics
  • philosophy
  • virtue ethics
  • deontology
  • utilitarianism
  • professional ethics
  • public ethics