WELCOME TO AIAMSWP
All India Association of Medical Social Work Professionals (AIAMSWP), New Delhi is a registered non–profit, non-political, National level organization dedicated to the promotion of standards and enhancement of the status of Social Work Profession in health care in India.
AIAMSWP was established in 2009, following the concerns of Professional Social Workers to cater to the need of having an organization at the National level. Since its inception, it has been making attempts to bring Professional Social Workers on one platform so that a collective identity of the Profession could emerge. AIAMSWP intends to fulfill the twin purposes of promoting Social Work Profession in health care within the country together with safeguarding and protecting the interests of Social Work Professionals working in health care. Its Secretariat is located at PGIMER, Chandigarh and President’s office is located at AIIMS, New Delhi.
Message from General Secretary
Greetings from the All India Association of Medical Social Work Professionals (AIAMSWP).
I am thankful to all for expressing trust on me and giving me opportunity to working for welfare and professional developments of Medical Social Work Professionals once again. At the outset I must admit that working as Hon. General Secretary since April 2014 was a great experience. Although it demands commitment, clarity and comprehensiveness along with patience and promptness.
Friends, AIAMSWP team is working very hard for betterment of Medical Social Work Professionals. We had given representation on 11-10-2019 and presented in parliament for meeting with Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health and family Welfare, Rajya Sabha New Delhi to include the Medical Social Work
Professionals in the Allied and Healthcare Professions Bill, 2018. As you all know that the Allied and Healthcare Professions Bill, 2018 was introduced which seeks to regulate and standardise the education and practice of allied and healthcare professionals but the category of Medical Social Work/Psychiatric Social Work was not included. Now, Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health and family Welfare, Rajya Sabha New Delhi report presented to the Rajya Sabha on 31th January 2019. The Committee recommended for inclusion in the Allied and Healthcare Professionals Bill, 2018. I hope that the Government of India will also accept it. The Governing Body Members of Association deserve congratulations for this.
Secondly, we had achievement in changing designation from Medical Social Worker to Medical Social Welfare Officer. Thirdly we developed a new website for Association with all information and facilities for transparency. There has been many works done by team of AIAMSWP and some work in still progress.
Last Year AIAMSWP started two publications, one in the form of E-journal of AIAMSWP with The name “Indian Journal of Health Social Work” published since January 2019, under Leadership of Dr. Narendra Kumar Singh, Central Institute of Psychiatry, Ranchi, as its first Chief Editor. This Journal is an open access half yearly e-journal which will provide a platform to share scientific Knowledge among Social Work Practitioners/Professionals. I am very pleased to share with all of you that the journal got ISSN No (2582-1393) in September 2019 before publication of its second issue. The upcoming issue is in press and very soon it will be uploaded on association’s website. All issue on timely published. The editorial board deserves congratulations for this.
Another one publication that we have started AIAMSWP’s own newsletter from last year under leadership of Sh. Sanjay Bhonge from Family Welfare Training & Research Centre, Mumbai as its first Editor. You can download from website. In order to keep our members and social work professionals informed about our activities, we decided to bring out a newsletter once a year. It is also a good way to stay in touch with our colleagues as well as senior social work professionals. I’m sure you’ll be excited to know about all the wonderful activities happening in the Association.
Lastly, I wish to thanks all Executive Members of Governing body, office bearers and members of various committee of the AIAMSWP for their unfailing support and efforts. My gratitude also goes to all editorial members of the Journal and Newsletter.
Dr. O P Giri
As a Social Work student in Delhi School of Social Work (DSSW) 30 years ago, I could not imagine that the Healthcare Social Worker fraternity will have an association like AIAMSWP. During my career in AIIMS, New Delhi, since 1991, I have achieved many titles but holding the post of President – AIAMSWP is surely one of the most significant.
At the national level, we have kept expanding our job profile and in AIIMS we try our best to enrich it. As a result, now our work covers the psycho-social and economic assessment, social diagnosis, exemption of hospital charges, review for frees medicines and surgical items, facilitation of financial assistance for treatment, rehabilitation, implementation of Ayushman Bharat Scheme and training of Social Work students coming from across the country. For this progressive development, I am always thankful for the inspiration and support provided by the team of AIAMSWP.
One of our major efforts is to bring all the Medial Social Work professionals together and it is now bearing fruits. Every year, our annual conference is getting bigger & bigger, and apart from that, there are a plethora of academic activities going on including short workshops, seminars, newsletters, and publication of IEC material. The advocacy for our profession has also been a priority for us and as a result, our representation in the parliamentary standing committee might get us into the league of Allied & Healthcare Professionals very soon after the bill is passed.
Our vision is to collaborate, network, and share our resources to create a platform where the Medical Social Work profession can thrive to create benchmarks. I am deeply grateful to the leadership & hard work of our executive committee members who have started from scratch and made a noteworthy mark on the national level. Now we need to accelerate our activities especially in the area of training and research and I appeal to all the Medical Social Work professionals of the country to come in solidarity with us as early as possible. Together we are far better, can go a long way!
B. R. Shekhar
President – AIAMSWP
9th ANC of AIAMSWP on “Medical Social Work: Health & Well being of Society” is Scheduled to be held on 26th March, 2022 at SGPGI Lucknow, U.P.
The Governing Body meeting of All India Association of Medical Social Work Professionals (AIAMSWP) to be held on 3rd January 2019, Thursday, at 6.00 PM.
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