Member Profile - Angela Powell


Name: Angela Powell

Role and Company: Live Well Counselling and Consulting (Private Practice), Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and Director and Multicultural Youth SA, Inc. (MYSA), Programs and Services Manager

Who has been the most inspiring role model in your career and why? 

My Dad - He passed away last year. He was (and still is) the wind beneath my wings – whenever I saw him after work, he would ask me “How many people did you help today?” He demonstrated kindness, compassion and empathy every day of his life.  He also taught me the importance of education and professionalism from an early age.

What is the best advice you can give to someone starting out in their career?  

Mistakes can be good learning opportunities.  They give you an opportunity to reflect and challenge yourself in a variety of ways.  Learn from them and keep moving forward. 

If you could have dinner with anyone living or dead, who would it be and why?

That's easy - Evan Powell - My Dad.  There is still so much I could have learned from him.


Stay in the know about the National Code of Conduct


The National Code of Conduct sets minimum standards of conduct for anyone who provides a health service and

  • is not registered under the national registration and accreditation scheme
  • is a registered health practitioner who provides health services which are not related to their registration.

At the moment, it is difficult to be certain whether your state will consider mental health social workers to be providing a ‘health service’. Each state’s laws define a ‘health service’ in varied translations and some states are still in the process of properly defining who will be covered by the National Code of Conduct.

It is very likely that as a mental health social worker, your state’s legislation will require you to comply with the National Code of Conduct, whether you are working in public or private practice. So what do you need to do?

Firstly, it’s important that you familiarise yourself with the National Code of Conduct as soon as possible. Secondly, if you have any queries about the relevance of the code to mental health social workers in your state or any other questions, please contact the relevant body who will be enforcing the NCC, Click here for the list of NCC Enforcing Bodies.


Telehealth - Medicare


The AASW is currently working with the Department of Health and Human Services during the development of  telehealth guidelines that aim to improve access to psychological services for rural and remote patients.

We will continue to provide updates about these guidelines in the e-Bulletin and on our website as information becomes available.


Social Policy and Advocacy Updates


Submissions in Progress

Visit our website to view current submissions in progress. If you are interested in contributing to any of these, please email the Social Policy Team.


Your Development Opportunities



NEW Legal Education Seminar for Social Workers: Minimising Your Legal Risk
Monday 16 April 2018
3:00 to 5:00pm, North Melbourne
This seminar will provide the information you need to know to improve your daily social work practice to assist you to minimise your legal risks and survive the court process. Register at event web page
2.5 CPD hours. Category 2: Skills and Knowledge

Skilful use of mindfulness in therapeutic practice and individual practice
Thursday, 26 April 2018 
9:00am to 5:00pm, North Melbourne
Register at event web page. ** Only one place left **
6.5 CPD hours. Category 2: Skills and knowledge
**FPS relevant activity**

NEW VMHSW Seminar: Sexual and Gender Diversity Service delivery
Proudly presented by the Victorian Mental Health Social Work Practice Group
Monday 30 April 2018
1:45pm to 4:30pm, North Melbourne
Register at event event web page
2.5+ CPD hours. Category 2: Skills and knowledge
**FPS relevant activity**

NEW Legal Education seminar for Social Workers: Legal Issues of capacity in the Health Arena
Thursday 20 September 2018
9:00am to 5:00pm, North Melbourne
Register at event web page
2.5 CPD hours: Skills and knowledge
NEW 5 Day Supervision Course with Dr Susan Lewis
13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and 27th November 2018
9:15am to 4:15pm, North Melbourne
Register at event web page
30 CPD hours: Skills and knowledge


Making the Most of Supervision
Wednesday 11 April 2018
Amanda Nickson
Qld Branch Office - Springwood
Register at event web page
Introduction to Working with Children in Therapy Sessions
Sat 21 and Sun 22 April 2018
Yaro Starak
Qld Branch Office - Springwood
Register at event web page
Exploring Attachment in Couple Work
Thursday 3 May 2018
Narelle Nelles and Susan Gregory
Register at event web page

Western Australia

6:00pm to 8:00pm, City West Lotteries House, West Perth
The AASW will be holding a networking night for Mental Health social workers and social workers involved in private practice. This networking night will include discussions regarding issues related to Mental Health social work and working in private practice.
Register at event web page
2 CPD hours

Tuesday 1 May 2018, 6.00pm- 7.00pm, University Club of Western Australia, UWA

The AASW invites you to the annual Grace Vaughan lecture to be held on the 1st of May 2018 at 6pm at UWA.This annual lecture commemorates the life and achievements of Grace Vaughan, a social worker, social activist and parliamentarian, who was dedicated to the improvement of life at all levels. Presenter June Oscar AO, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner will present her lecture on The Collective Power and Potential of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women and girls: recognising their human rights in achieving gender equity.

9:00am to 4:00pm, City West Lotteries House, West Perth
The AASW branch invites you to Trauma Informed Care workshop facilitated by Dr Ann O'Neill.  This workshop will explore advanced skills and research to equip professionals working with people who have complex and extreme trauma experiences.
Register at event web page
6 CPD hours
6:00pm to 7:30pm, City West Lotteries House, West Perth
Dr Joseph Fleming, will be running his second seminar with the AASW WA Branch, on "Engaging with fathers in family services: principles, research and practice". This seminar allows workers, organizations or networks of services to look at how they can provide more effective programs to men and families. The seminar will explore the importance of the fathers' role in family services and how programs can engage and support this opportunity..
Register at event web page
1.5 CPD hours







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Seeking DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy) Individual Therapists for the private Canberra DBT Program 

The private Canberra DBT Program consists of running two DBT Skills groups on Monday evenings, as well as providing individual DBT therapy to the participants on a weekly basis. The individual therapist is expected to attend fortnightly DBT Consult meetings on a Wednesday evening, as well as provide DBT coaching when participant is requiring coaching outside of individual therapy times (times that are workable for the therapist). 

The therapists that form the Canberra DBT Program either facilitate the skills groups and/or provide individual therapy. Currently we are in demand for more individual therapists.

This program is seeking expressions of interest from therapists who have been trained in DBT and are Accredited Mental Health Social Workers who can provide individual therapy on a private basis.

If you are interested, contact Amanda Morrison on ph 0419250922, or by email

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