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).”



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Continuing Professional Development


Upcoming CPD events

World Social Work Day Breakfast
Tuesday March 20, 2018
Adelaide Pavilion 7:15am to 9:00am

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Guest Speaker Sue Vardon AO
Looking to the Future:
How Social Work can more effectively influence social policy, the organisational environment and political advocacy via mastering the digital space.

Book Launch:
Felicity Chapman "Counselling and Psychotherapy with older people in care: A support guide". Buy Now


Supervision 1: A Reflective and Developmental Approach
Presented by Margaret Morrell
Tuesday May 1 - Thursday May 3 9.00am to 6.30pm

Register Now - Limited Places Available

By participating you will learn:

  • How to establish and maintain a trusting, productive supervisory relationship
  • The value and purpose of the individually negotiated supervision agreement
  • How to structure a supervisory discussion to promote learning and growth
  • The supervisor’s “toolbox” and how to choose your tools to most benefit the supervisee
  • How to model and promote reflective practice with supervisees
  • How to engage supervisees in the supervision process
  • The “5‐Eyed Supervisee”
  • How to deal with ethical issues and dilemmas in your supervisees’ practice.

Save the Date

Ethics Committee presents Ageing Well
April 12, 2018. 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Navigating Private Practice in Social Work
April 20, 2018. 9:30am to 4:30pm

Infant Mental Health
May 31, 2018. 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Strengths Based Supervision
June 20, 2018. 9:30am to 4:30pm

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Conferences & Events


Is Social Media Killing Girlhood?
Thursday March 8, 2018. Luncheon

The impact of social media on the self-image and self-esteem of girls and young women can be devastating.
Society's values seem to be changing at an unprecedented rate, and to many adults this is very scary.
Two stellar women will discuss this topic at the 2018 International Women's Day Adelaide Luncheon: Dr Collette Snowden and Joanna Zeitz.


Beyond Hospitals: Who will keep our community healthy?
Thursday March 1, 2018. 5:30pm to 7:30pm

SA Public Health consortium, 2018 State Election Forum. Level 1, Flinders, Tarntanyangga (Victoria Square)


Whitlam, Welfare and the World: Oral Histories of the AAP
Friday March 16, 2018. 4:00pm to 6:00pm, Flinders University

The Australian Assistance Plan (AAP) was an innovative programme of social welfare reform launched in 1973 by the Whitlam Labor government. In contrast to the many other Whitlam initiatives, it has attracted almost no scholarly analysis since the 1970s ... until now. 

Stand up for Youth Mental Health
Sunday March 18, 2018 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Adelaide’s leading comedic and artistic talents are banding together for a once off show in the Adelaide Fringe to raise money for the National Youth Mental Health Foundation, headspace.

World Social Work Day Breakfast
Tuesday March 20, 2018

Sue Vardon AO is our guest speaker for our Annual World Social Work Day Breakfast.  For those of you who are unaware of the length and breadth of Sue’s illustrious career, a brief bio can be found here.  All AASW members and non-members welcome.

Felicity Chapman will be launching her new book "Counselling and Psychotherapy with older people in care: A support guide"

Walk for Justice for Refugees
Palm Sunday, March 25, 2018 2pm

Approximately 30,000 refugees are living on temporary visas in our community with their futures in limbo. Many families are separated by the harsh system, and people despair of ever being reunited. Many lack access to education and citizenship and fear being deported to danger.

Refugees on Manus and Nauru are approaching their fifth year languishing offshore.  The refugee movement is shifting public opinion. A majority of Australians are now opposed to the continuing detention of refugees on Manus and Nauru and believe they should be brought to Australia

The 2nd Australia and New Zealand Refugee Trauma Recovery in Resettlement Conference 

The Conference will be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre from 27-29 March 2019.  The conference is being organised by QPASTT, the Queensland agency of The Forum of Australian Services for Survivors of Torture and Trauma (FASSTT). 

SACOSS Essential Services and Consumers Living with Disability Conference 2018
May 14, 2018

The Conference will bring together businesses, government, community sector workers including disability advocates, service providers and consumers living with a disability (including families and carers) in the energy, water, telecommunications and transport space. Delegates will share and hear about the needs and experiences of those living with a disability and explore how essential service businesses can address disadvantage for those in vulnerable situations.

Effective Strategies for working with Involuntary Clients: International Perspectives
May 23-25, 2018. Prato Italy.

This international conference on working with involuntary clients, gathering ideas from research, policy, and practice about strategies for effective practice in child welfare, corrections, social welfare and family services, health/mental health substance use/abuse and domestic violence. In addition, presentations related to legal, ethical, and cultural are issues invited. Issues related to the dynamics of working with this population will be discussed, with an emphasis on the importance of building relationships, engagement and problem solving.

ICS Indigenous Conferences

ICS Australia have announced the launch of their 2018 Indigenous Conferences commencing in June 2018 and travel from Cairns to the ACT and Brisbane. 

ICS staff and management wish friends, industry colleagues, delegates and supporters to our Indigenous conferences a great and prosperous New Year 2018! ICS success is based upon our principle of trusting our culture and listening and adhering to our grassroots, community controlled grounding and as part of this, our future planning is open to input from communities and grassroots individuals. With this in mind, we are extremely keen to receive input and ideas of topics of concern from around Australia which may not have the chance to be addressed in the previous year’s conference topics and agenda.

ANZSWWER 2018 Symposium Call for Abstracts
September 20-21, 2018. Flinders University

We invite you to submit an abstract for the ANZSWWER 2018 Symposium, to be held at Flinders University, Adelaide on 20th and 21st of September. Further information regarding the Symposium and the NFEN Day being held on the 19th September will be circulated in the coming weeks. 
Closing Date: Friday 20 April 2018. Email with ‘ANZSWWER 2018 Abstract’ as the title.

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Vale Doreen Bice Liston


On the 2nd February 2018, one of our longest serving South Australian members, Doreen Liston passed away at the age of 91.

Doreen joined the AASW in 1950 and worked in our profession until her retirement in 1986.

Doreen was the eldest daughter of Don and Doreen Liston and grew up in the then rural, Morphett Vale. From a young age, Doreen showed great care for her family, friends and the farm animals (and particularly cats) and it was these positive attributes that drew her to becoming a Social Worker.

After graduating from Adelaide University with a Diploma in Social Studies and then completing a Bachelor of Arts, Doreen furthered her studies in Melbourne and commenced her career with a placement at the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital in Melbourne in 1950 - which would have been treating the many veterans from WWII. Doreen’s father Don had served in Europe in WWI, so Doreen felt a special empathy for our returned service men & women. This ultimately led Doreen to retrace her father’s footsteps, travelling to the many countries in which he had served.

Doreen returned to Adelaide in the late 1950’s and took up roles in the Mental Health Services (including Child Guidance at Mitchell House in Fitzroy) and at the Royal Adelaide, in their medical, neurological and neurosurgical clinics. Doreen devoted her working life to our profession and while she did not ever marry or have children, she lead a full and rewarding life with family, a large circle of friends and a passion for travel and life’s experiences.

Doreen’s AASW membership has spanned over 60 years commencing in 1950.  That is almost the whole length of time that Social Work has existed in South Australia (7th September, 1946).

Those who worked with Doreen remember her as a cheerful, gentle and caring woman.

Doreen passed away peacefully and had a small but beautiful service at the former Morphett Vale Primary School, gathering together distant relatives on the day. This service in many respects epitomised Doreen, in that it presented a perfect blend of love, humour and goodwill.

Carol Brown
Niece to Doreen

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