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ACSW eBulletin

March 2012

Dear [FirstName],

This is our first College Member’s only eBulletin. I hope you find it interesting and useful. Please let us know by responding with your feedback to the College email address acsw@aasw.asn.au

Hello from the Foundation Director

Twelve Foundation Fellows of the new Australian College of Social Work met in Canberra for the first time in mid February to discuss how to progress the College through its program and governance. “This is a historic meeting for Australian social work” said ACSW Foundation Director, Professor Jan Carter.  After 17 years of effort by particular AASW members, at last the College is under way.  Its remit, to foster and disseminate advanced practice, will set new standards, provide new forms of support and provide stimulation for members.  The College will offer Australian social work in the next decade, “a light on the hill”.

The Foundation Fellows considered amongst other things: a strategic plan for the College, the rate of opening of Divisions, issues of member eligibility and future budget formation, members’ suggestions for the College; remits and definitions for advanced practice. Members agreed that the meeting had been highly successful. A detailed report of the meeting will be made to College members and the AASW Board within the next few weeks. The meeting was able to call on the pro bono services of professional facilitator and organisational psychologist, Jane Fairley, (whose mother the late Helen Stuchbery was a lifelong AASW member and former Victorian branch secretary).

The first Foundation Fellows lecture was given by First Australian Foundation Fellow, Dr Christine Fejo-King, (NT, now resident in the ACT) who spoke about her PhD research on the relevance of the Aboriginal kinship system to social work theory and practice. ACT branch members were invited to attend this session. A recording is on the ACSW website.

Dr Robyn Mason (Monash University) worked with the Fellows on an analysis of the meanings of advanced practice to the Foundation Fellows, a project which will shortly be available for ACSW members on the website.

Dr Pauline Meemeduma, a former head of school in Queensland and WA, now in private practice, was appointed Chair of the Foundation Fellows for 2 years.  Foundation Fellows of the Australian College of Social Work were nominated by AASW members and appointed by the AASW Board in mid 2011. Their names and CV’s are on the ACSW webpage.  

Jan Carter, Foundation Director, ACSW

Members Only ‘Log In’ Page

The ACSW web site now has a ‘College Members Area’ and only College Members have access to this ‘Log In’ page. We will use this page to communicate events, links and member only communications. Click here to go to the page and log in using your normal AASW log in number and password. If you have difficulty, try logging into the general AASW page.


The College has organised a series of ‘tele-symposiums’ to run second monthly in 2012 focusing on advanced clinical practice. Foundation and Inaugural Fellows have agreed to present these symposiums. Tom O’Brien from Brisbane (see his bio on the ACSW Web page here) will commence in late March. Associate Professor Carmel Flaskas will follow and others later in the year. A full program is available here on the College Members Area.

Foundation Fellow’s Lecture

As Jan Carter said above, at the meeting of the Foundation Fellows in February, the first ACSW Fellows Lecture was delivered by Dr Christine Fejo-King. Christine delivered a powerful lecture based on her recently lodged PhD thesis. The lecture is available to all AASW members via the general website here in the members resource section and is also available on the College Members Area


Members of the College will have access to 10 professional journals via the ‘College Members Area’ in the near future. The journals are listed below.   You will be informed by email as soon as this service goes live. 

  • Administration in Social Work
  • Child & Youth Services
  • European Journal of Social Work
  • Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work
  • Journal of Family Social Work 
  • Journal of Social Service Research
  • Psychoanalytic Social Work
  • Smith College Studies in Social Work
  • Social Work in Mental Health
  • Journal of Social Work Practicetic Social Work 

Advanced Social Work Practice

Four Foundation Fellows presented a brief talk on ‘advance social work practice’ to a forum held in association with the Victorian Annual Meeting in October 2011. The video recording of this will be available on the College Members Area via a YouTube link.  All twelve Foundation Fellows have written a short paper on this topic and Dr Robyn Mason from Monash University has commenced distilling these papers into a comprehensive paper defining ‘advanced practice’. We will make these papers available on the Website very soon. She is working with a number of the Foundation Fellows on this project which is an important piece of workas a foundation for the College.

Meeting the Members

The Foundation Fellows are keen to meet the members of the College in their state. We would like to forward your contact details to them for this to occur. Could you indicate by email to the ACSW email address your permission for us to share your contact details with the Foundation Fellows to facilitate this contact? Please do this as soon as possible as they are very keen to make contact with you. 

Kind regards

Stephen Brand
Executive Officer
Australian College of Social Work
Tel: 1800 630 127+61 2 6270 7203