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The Kath Dawe Memorial Lecture

The RCH Social Work Department has a long a proud history since 1931.   This event is held in memory of the late Miss Kath Dawe who was Head of the RCH Social Work Dept from 1962-1976.  She has been described as a pioneer who made an enormous contribution to paediatric Social Work in Australia and RCH in particular.

Miss Dawe was known for her inspirational leadership, a legacy of innovation in many areas of hospital social work and particularly her outstanding contribution to the conceptualization of the issues of child abuse.

Since 2000 the Kath Dawe lecture has honoured her memory with a lecture series given by distinguished social workers who have made a particular contribution to the welfare of children and families.

This year’s lecture will be delivered by Assoc Prof Brigid Jordan, Associate Professor Paediatric Social Work (Infant and Family), focusing on early adversity and the social determinants of health and the interventions of Paediatric Social Work.

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