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AASW celebrates World Social Work Day

29th Mar 2017

On 21 March, AASW branches celebrated social workers’ commitment to social justice, self-determination and human rights with World Social Work Day events around the country, including breakfasts, dinners, a trivia night, panel discussions and an award ceremony.

Victorian branch

Prominent family violence campaigner and founder, director and CEO of the Luke Batty Foundation, Ms Rosie Batty, addressed 130 social workers at the Victorian Branch's World Social Work Day breakfast. She explored 'Social work and family violence: Inroads into cultural and structural change' and was affirming and inspirational for the many Victorian Branch members who work on the frontline of family violence.

South Australian Branch

Child Protection Department Chief Executive, Cathy Taylor, outlined her vision for connecting all SA services for at-risk families and children, and the role social workers can play in community and government services, at the SA Branch World Social Work Day breakfast in Adelaide.


Queensland Branch

On World Social Work Day, AASW QLD joined Griffith University's School of Human Services and Social Work for an evening trivia event in Southbank that focused on 'green social work'.


WA Branch

WSWD was celebrated with a breakfast in Subiaco hosted by the Eco-Social Work Practice Group. It included a panel of presenters that explored the place of social work in promoting community and environmental social work.

Northern Territory Branch

World Social Work Day was celebrated by the NT Branch with a morning tea and a dinner at the Dust, Diversity and Dedication conference, which was held from 20-22 March in Alice Springs. The dinner included the Mary Moylan NT Social Worker of the Year Award presentation.

Morning teas and lunches were also held at Charles Darwin University, Royal Darwin Hospital and the Tamarind Centre. 

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers