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AOSW advocacy efforts are focused on three areas:
  • Advocating for the profession
  • Advocating for the needs of cancer patients and families
  • Encouraging advocacy efforts of our members

AOSW has developed position papers and statements on major health care issues of concern to its membership. The purpose of these papers and statements is to inform AOSW members and others of issues supported by AOSW. The following are position papers and statements that AOSW has written to date.

Protecting People with Pre-existing Conditions

Supporting Medicare

Promoting Palliative Care

Medical Aid in Dying

The Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW) upholds the right of every patient to make decisions about living and dying that are reflective of their goals and values and are consistent with the laws of their jurisdiction. AOSW also support its members in their individual beliefs regarding medical aid in dying as they assist families in confronting these issues. AOSW is united in its desire and capacity to support families as they negotiate the painful territory of end-of-life wishes and encourages patients to seek the support of an oncology social worker.