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  • From very early on in my life, I actually witnessed some of the most

  • challenging social realities around me, which in fact challenged my way of

  • thinking -- what could I contribute, what can I do about this?

  • My name is Abraham Francis and I'm an Associate Professor at the James Cook

  • University of Townsville campus in Australia. Social work is a practice-

  • based profession and an academic discipline that promotes social change

  • and development, social cohesion and the empowerment and liberation of people. It

  • is all about helping people help themselves. Some of the harsh realities

  • are poverty, displacement, unemployment, mental health issues -- all of them have in

  • fact challenged me and have prompted me to respond to them. Hence, my research in

  • those areas. I really wanted to know of the art behind helping, the science

  • behind helping. We do it with a scientific knowledge. We do it with

  • commitment. We do it with a passion because we believe that people can make

  • change. I have been involved with many research projects. Some of them are in

  • the areas of criminal justice social work, international social work, strengths-

  • based practice in social work, mental health in the higher

  • education sector and all of them have contributed to my understanding about

  • these harsh realities, which I was talking about. Recently we organised a conference

  • on mental health in higher education in Townsville. As researchers, we were able

  • to bring many stakeholders from around the country and some of the

  • international speakers to talk about and create a momentum at JCU and we have

  • been successful in a way to talk about this issue

  • on a wider level. Social Work education at JCU

  • is grounded on the principles of social justice and human rights. We welcome our

  • students to be connected to the grass-root realities around them.

  • Principles of social justice, human rights, collective responsibility and

  • respect for diversity are central to social work practice. Social work engages

  • people and structures to address challenges and enhance well-being.

  • When injustices and problems do occur just before your eyes, can you sit in silence?

  • What I'm really passionate about is responding to the call for justice.

  • We need competent, confident and compassionate social workers and human

  • service professionals in the field. Social work is about working with people,

  • empowering people. It is about engaging with communities.

  • We can really inspire our students to be agents of change and that's what we need

  • in today's society.

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