Continuing Professional Development


Upcoming CPD events

Social Justice Committee - Aboriginal Reflection Night
Wednesday 27 September 2017
Join us at SA Health - Glenside Campus or your local SA Health Centre

This evening will be hosted by SA Social Justice Committee in recognition of the Birthday of David Unaipon of the Ngarrindjeri people.

AASW Reconciliation Action Plan 2017 - 2019

  • What Does this mean for me?
  • What Does it mean for practice?

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SA Branch Annual Members' Dinner
Thursday 19 October 2017, Adelaide Royal Coach Hotel
24 Dequetteville Tce Adelaide

Two positions on the SA Branch Management Committee are currently open for nomination: General Committee Member and Vice President.

Do you have questions or statements of concern to raise with your MP?

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Psychotherapy with Older Adults
Thursday November 2, 2017, 6.00pm to 8:00pm
Presented by Felicity Chapman

Learn about positive ageing principles and the five main types of senior distress

Learn how to assess using the ‘mental health and neurological spectrum’ and discern suitability for psychotherapy

Learn about the C.A.R.E. Plan and how it can empower family and facility staff to manage distress

Understand common barriers related to therapeutic engagement and how to overcome them

Learn how mainstream psychological practices can be adapted to suit an older adult clientele

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Students & New Graduates Careers information night
Save the date: Wednesday December 6, 2017, 6.00pm
Flinders University, City campus



Working with the NDIS


Personal Injury Education Foundation
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. ReadMore





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Express interest in joining the Editorial Board


The highly regarded journal of the AASW, Australian Social Work, is seeking expressions of interest from members for a position on its Editorial Board by close of business, Friday 22 September 2017. Editorial Board members play an active role in attending meetings of the Editorial Board, reviewing manuscripts and contributing to the ongoing development of editorial policies and the direction of the Journal. The appointment is for a three-year term, with potential for renewal, and will require a minimum commitment of 10 hours per month. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social workers are encouraged to apply as are social workers with skills and interests in promoting scholarly publication through social media. Find out more about the Editorial Board role and responsibilities. For more information about the role, please email the Chair of the Editorial Board, Dr Rosalie Pockett, or the Editor, Associate Professor Fiona McDermott.



Change the Toilet Roll and Other Tips for Thriving in the Workplace


Three weeks into placement, it is monthly staff meeting time and I am excited. It is the first time I will see the whole team together, hear of goings on and future plans. Having been a remote worker before, staff meetings are a chance to catch up and check in on how others are travelling, share a quick debrief if needed and generally reconnect to the wider team. The staff meeting was no different and I enjoy observing another agency organise and run one. I am very impressed with how the various staff members interact and discuss difficult topics and challenging work expectations. The meeting is professional, succinct and decisions are made.

Then it happens…



SACOSS Round-table held in Pt Augusta


Recently, Cathy Brook attended the SACOSS round-table held in Pt. Augusta.  Attended by 40-50 representatives from Govt. agencies and NGOs the conversation revolved around employment, youth and Aboriginal issues.  There is cautious optimism in the region following the announcement of a number of major projects.  However there was concern that this would not result in sustainable jobs for families here.  The issues raised included:

  • Need to grow our workforce from own young people
  • Need better retention strategies to keep skilled people in the region
  • Concern that the potential future jobs were unattainable for many Aboriginal people
  • Note the influx of Aboriginal people to the region as a result of health issues, incarceration and the basics card in Ceduna
  • Showcased 2 examples of great regional projects: The Whyalla Youth Hangout Centre and training Aboriginal people to become correctional officers
  • Need for safe and affordable housing
  • Strengths of the community include good will between services to work collaboratively in spite of funding constraints and changing service models.


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