SA Branch Elections


Congratulations go to Jeanne Lorraine, Nevena Simic, Patricia Muncey and Shirley Young who nominated and retained thier roles on our BMC. We look forward to the 2 remaining positions being filled at the Annual Members' Dinner to be held on October 19.  Register your seat now.


Continuing Professional Development


Upcoming CPD events

Supervision 1: A Reflective and Developmental Approach

Register now

Tuesday 12 - Thursday 14 September 2017, EDC Hindmarsh

Social workers and other health professionals work in complex, challenging and often stressful work environments. We all deserve quality supervision that helps us to:

  • Manage the demanding situations we face everyday
  • Prevent build‐up of stress and possible burnout
  • Keep growing and developing throughout our career
  • Stay in touch with our core professional ethics and
  • Provide the best possible service to our clients.

To read more and to register visit the AASW Website

Introduction to Schema Therapy from a social work perspective

Wednesday 20 September 2017, EDC Hindmarsh

This workshop is suitable for AMHSWs and social workers who provide counselling and psychotherapeutic support to their clients

Learning outcomes:

- Develop and understanding of the history of schema therapy and how the model works

- Understand how it can fit within a social work practice framework

- Practice some of the associated skills and techniques

Read more or register now

Save the date: Social Justice Committee - Aboriginal Reflection Night

Wednesday 27 September 2017

SA Branch Annual Members' Dinner

Thursday 19 October 2017, Adelaide Royal Coach Hotel
24 Dequetteville Tce Adelaide

read more and register now



Loss of an AASW Life member


Here at AASW we were saddened by the news this week of the passing of Viv Maher.  As part of the funeral on the weekend Kyam had these words of tribute for his mother;

“My mum, Viv Maher had an enormous impact on the world. She was always involved in Ministerial advisory councils, local boards, and community groups but her biggest impact was at the most important level – the individual personal level.
I reckon the most common phrase I’ve heard from people when talking about mum has been:
“If it wasn’t for Viv............”
“If it wasn’t for Viv I never would have got that job”
“If it wasn’t for Viv there was no way I had the confidence to do that”
“If it wasn’t for Viv taking us in and letting us live with her I never would have finished school”
“If it wasn’t for Viv I wouldn’t have been able to leave and he’d still be bashing me”
“If it wasn’t for Viv I simply wouldn’t be alive today”
To actually make a difference, to directly help change another person’s life for the better is a remarkable thing. From my point of view, it is absolutely true that if it wasn’t for Viv I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing today
If it wasn’t for Viv I wouldn’t have two awesome, supportive, (pretty well) adjusted bothers Cameron Maher and Gibran Maher – love you guys.
If it wasn’t for Viv I wouldn’t be the father I am today, bringing up three sons with Carmel Maher, three sons who are all going to do good in their lives.

Vale Viv Maher



Working with the NDIS


Free training for AHPs is being offered by the Personal Injury Education Foundation. The Introduction to NDIS for AHPs course explains how allied health professionals provide services under the National Disability Insurance Scheme.



AASW Practitioner Research Grant 2017-2018 applications now open


The AASW National Research Committee is now calling for applications for the AASW Practitioner Research Grant 2017-2018. This is a great opportunity for social work practitioners to engage in research, and contribute new knowledge to their area or practice context with financial support from the AASW.



Uni SA Public Lectures


Anti-oppressive Social Work, public welfare and the crisis of neoliberalism
Wednesday September 13, 4pm to 5.30pm

Speaker Dr Gurnam Singh, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Coventry University, UK.  In this lecture I will argue that in response to the ongoing crisis of neoliberalism, ruling elites are reconstructing a new regressive common sense about the nature of welfare state and of welfare recipients. [ReadMore]

Rethinking Pain and the Brain: New Insights from Pain Neuroscience
Thursday September 21, 2pm to 4pm

Speakers Dr Tasha Stanton, Senior Research Fellow, BodyinMind Research Group, University of South Australia. Dr Daniel Harvie, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Recovery Injury Research Centre, Griffith University

As part of our Successful Ageing Seminar series, we invite you to attend this FREE seminar to hear from two notable presenters on the neuroscience of pain - an incredibly complex phenomenon. [ReadMore]



Social Worker resilience and wellbeing


What predicts resilience in frontline workers?  Tell Macquarie University what you think by participating in their survey.


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