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THE IMPACT OF SOCIAL WORKERS ON SOCIETY

Social workers from every corner of the globe will be celebrating World Social Work Day tomorrow (March 21), reflecting on the profession through the theme of ‘Respecting Diversity Through Joint Social Action’. It’s an extra special day for the University of Southern Queensland with 2023 being the first year the University has offered a social work program.

  • First Nations Critical Friend (Social Work and Human Services) Merinda Thompson and Associate Professor Niki Edwards teach into social work. They can discuss the importance of decolonisation and social work, and how the profession contributes to cultural safety. Media contact: Griffith Thomas 0467 242 435

THE PURPOSE OF POETRY

Poetry is an important form of human expression and remains just as relevant today as it was centuries ago. Tomorrow’s (March 21) World Poetry Day, adopted by United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in 1999, celebrates the treasured form of cultural and linguistic expression and identity.

  • Dr Daniel Hourigan, an English literature lecturer, can discuss the importance of poetry in society and its unique ability to capture the creative spirit of the human mind. Media contact: Sarah Green 0417 799 331

FORESTS FOR HUMAN HEALTH

Tomorrow (March 21) marks the United Nations International Day of Forests (March 21) – an opportunity to celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests. The theme for 2023 is ‘Forests and Health’.

  • Ecologist Dr Christina Birnbaum, co-founder of the Ecological Society of Australia Plant-Soil Ecology Research Chapter, can discuss the direct and indirect health benefits forest provide for all people, and the important role that plant-soil interactions play in nutrient cycling and responses to global climate change. Media contact: Sarah Green 0417 799 331