Social media - professional conduct


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Please remember to be respectful and professional on social media, even in a personal capacity. Discussion on public posts can be seen by everyone and may reflect on the profession if you identify as a social worker. Social media posts can also potentially form the basis of a professional conduct complaint.

Refer to general ethical responsibilities in the AASW Code of Ethics. 


Government proposal for national strategy on elder abuse


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The AASW welcomes the Federal Government’s announcement of its intention to develop a national plan for the prevention of elder abuse, and commitment to finally stop the devastating impacts that it has on the lives of so many.

Read AASW National President Christine Craik's full statement here.


Objection to Australia's seat on the Human Rights Council


Now that Australia has taken up the position on the United Nations Human Rights Council for the next three years, it is time for the Government to end the human rights violations occurring at home because of its own policies, according to AASW National President Christine Craik.

Read the full media release here. 


AASW SA calls for policy changes at Social Justice Forum


The South Australian state election will be held on Saturday, 17 March 2018. AASW SA held a Social Justice Forum on 5 March with representatives from the Labor Party, Liberal Party, the Greens, and the Dignity Party to discuss policy changes ahead of the election.

Read AASW South Australia Branch President Mary Hood's full statement here. 


Social Work Focus - winter edition


We are seeking contributions for the Winter edition of Social Work Focus. The theme is "social work practice in welfare, housing and homelessness". Published contributions count towards CPD. The deadline for advertising and contributions is 5 May 2018.

Please read the guidance on how to write for us.


Countering violent extremism CPD program


The countering violent extremism CPD workshops have booked out months in advance. 

There are limited places for these workshops in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. 

See the AASW website for details and to register. 


AASW events


All AASW branch and online events can be found in the events calendar or on SWOT.


School Social Work Practice Group Peer Supervision
Monday, 19 March 2018
10am to 12:00pm followed by Practice Group Meeting at 1-3pm, North Melbourne
To attend please email Convenor.

Social Work Yoga and Mindfulness Practice Group Supervision
Wednesday, 28 March 2018
6:30pm, via teleconference
To attend please email Convenor.

Western Australia

New Graduates Reunion Night- Alumni 2017

Wednesday, 21 March 2018
6.00pm- 8.00pm, City West Lotteries House, West Perth
Free Webinar for Rural Members




2018 Trauma education workshops with Dr Leah Giarratano
Two professional development workshops provide mental health professionals with practical skills and up-to-date research in traumatology.

Treating PTSD workshops offered in May and June in Sydney, Melbourne Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth
CPD hours: 14

Treating complex trauma workshops offered from July and October in Sydney, Melbourne Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth (you must attend Treating PTSD beforehand)
CPD hours: 14

For further details and to register, please visit 


Two Day Training in Imago Relationship Therapy

This two-day workshop offers systematic, structured support to transform painful relationship dynamics, creating safety and connection.
CPD hours: 14


12/13 April

Early Bird to 12 March


23/24 April

Early Bird to 23 March

Presented by Brenda Rawlings BSW(Hons).

For further information, read the flyer.
To register for the workshops, see the website.


National Dementia Conference 2018

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