Acknowledgement of Country: “We begin by acknowledging that we work on the lands of the Aboriginal People, the traditional owners and ongoing custodians of the lands of South Australia.  We pay our respects to the elders past and present, their ancestors and their families. The AASW commit to actively engage, include & represent the voices of Aboriginal Social Workers & Aboriginal communities in their work, commit to seeking their equal opportunity, freedom of expression and social justice through our work.”   (Shirley Young; August 2017).”



Continuing Professional Development


Upcoming CPD events

SA Branch Annual Members' Meeting and Dinner
Places still available, register now!!

Thursday 19 October 2017
The Adelaide Royal Coach
24 Dequetteville Tce Adelaide

Nominatons for the Branch Committeee are now closed and announcements will be made at the Annual Members' Meeting commencing at 6:00pm.

Launching the Reconciliation Action Plan,and the AASW SA State Government Advocacy Action Campaign.

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

Read more or Register now

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

Read more or register now

Stepped Care Model for Mental Health
Monday November 6, 2017, 6.00pm to 8:30pm
Presented by Fiona Glover

This presentation will orient participants to a stepped care model of mental health and identify current gaps in service provision, particularly in relation to ease of access to evidence-based focused psychological therapies for people with common mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.

Participants will also be given an overview and insight into low intensity CBT (LiCBT) and the development of this level of intervention here in Australia.

Read more or register now


Students & New Graduates
Save the date: Alumni Panel and dinner Monday November 6, 2017, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

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

More Events


AASW Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group Seeking Expressions of Interest


Recognition, Reconciliation and Respect

Would you like a transformative opportunity to be a part of the Reconciliation Action Plan 2017-2019?
The AASW is seeking expressions of interest from members to join the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Working Group.
The RAP Working Group is a sub-committee of the AASW Board, with a role to actively monitor and evaluate the implementation of the RAP.
This is a defining opportunity for the social work profession and your career. Your role will influence the future direction of the AASW by

  • being a part of Australian community change
  • using your strategic social justice skills
  • influencing decision making of the AASW
  • gaining knowledge and executive level experience in strategic planning in a significant development project.



Managing Learners in difficulty - Free webinar


As part of our commitment to supporting clinical supervisors in the health workplace, Flinders NT will deliver a series of free webinars this year. Each webinar will provide clinical supervisors with tools to enhance the learning experiences of your learners and junior staff. Nursing, medical and allied health practitioners will all find the material engaging and relevant. The webinars will be delivered by experienced academics Dr Narelle Campbell and Dr Helen Wozniak, and are based on their previously successful face to face supervision workshops.

The series comprises five topics. The webinars have been over-subscribed so it is essential to register for each webinar as places are limited. Registration is easy and is now open for webinar 4.



Registering for CPD Events


Registrations for CPD events are taken through our Website.  Just a reminder that payment is not required at the time of registration and that you can request an invoice to forward to your employer to settle via Credit Card or Direct Deposit at a later date.  If you need any help registering for one of our events, please feel free to email the office or call 8463 5911.  If you are registering for an event using a registration form please ensure you email the completed form at least one week before the event.



Be part of the ILC story! Try an idea before applying for a grant


Is this an opportunity for your organisation to create change for people with disability?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (also called the NDIS) is the new way of providing support to Australians with disability.  The NDIS has two parts:

  1. Funded plans for eligible individuals with a disability, and
  2. Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC), for all people with disability.

ILC is all about inclusion. We want as many parts of the Australian community as possible to be involved with ILC.  One way ILC creates change in communities is by providing grants to organisations. This enables them to help make communities more accessible and inclusive of people with disability.

Be part of the ILC story! Try an idea before applying for a grant

  • Tell us about your idea to make a difference for people with disability
  • Get feedback on your idea before applications open for our next ILC Jurisdictional Based Grants round, covering New South Wales, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory.

This could be an opportunity for your organisation or those in your networks.  I’m interested. Where can I find out more?  Check out ‘Try an ILC idea’ or Sign up for ILC updates.

Kind regards,

Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) Team

National Disability Insurance Agency



The New Social Worker Magazine


The New Social Worker is a careers magazine published in the US and downloaded by thousands of Social Workers around the world. It has been published since 1994.  Each issue provides practical articles on social work students, social work ethics, field placement, practice issues, practice specialties, technology in social work, book reviews, and more. The quarterly magazine for social work students, recent graduates, and others interested in the social work profession, was founded by Linda May Grobman, MSW, ACSW, LSW.


de Lissa Oration 2017: 'Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust'


Presentation by Helen Connolly, the inaugural Commissioner for Children and Young People for South Australia.
The coming decades will see even greater global challenges and emerging opportunities that will have an impact on the environments children and young people live in and on their health and development. An ageing population creates pressure to ensure children’s entitlements are protected. Realising the needs and wellbeing of South Australian children in this rapidly changing world will be a priority for the inaugural SA Commissioner for Children and Young People.

October 19th 2017 5:30pm - 7:30pm, The University of South Australia, Magill Campus, Saint Bernards Road, H1-44, Amy Wheaton Building.



Launch of SACOSS & SA Health Case Studies Booklet


SACOSS and SA Health have collaborated to produce a booklet showcasing case studies from the SA community services sector.  The 13 case studies fall into one of three themes: Innovation, Partnerships and collaboration and Best practice in promoting health and wellbeing. 

The Promoting health and wellbeing: Case studies from the South Australian community services sector booklet will be launched at SACOSS by our Chair David Panter and SA Heath Chief Executive Vickie Kaminski.

Thursday 19 October, 10:00 - 11.30am
SACOSS Marjorie Black Room, 47 King William Road, Unley



Position Vacant


Social Worker/Volunteers Coordinator, Ridleyton Greek Home for the Aged, 2-3 days per week.


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