Social Work Focus: seeking articles and review panel


Social Work Focus: Blue Aboriginal artwork with burnt orange accent - starry night sky

Social Work Focus is our membership magazine. Please enjoy reading the latest edition.

We are seeking practice articles in line with the theme for the Spring 2018 issue, which is "social work practice with refugees and asylum seekers". The deadline for submissions is 3 August 2018. Read our contributor guidelines.

We are also seeking a review panel to read and accept the articles we receive. Please email if you'd like to express interest.


Governance update - Constitution review


AASW Board election dates for 2018 are on our website. The nomination and election of Board members is the prerogative of the members of the AASW through the election process. As part of this process, we are continuing our series of articles on good governance. This e-Bulletin's topic is about the review of the Constitution, which members would have received an email about yesterday.

To ensure good governance and sustainability in any organisation, it is essential to periodically review and update governing documents so that they reflect current industry standards, legal obligations, and organisational requirements. We have emailed a discussion paper to members to review the rationale behind proposed changes to the Constitution. We encourage members to share their views by 29 June 2018 with our contact at Associations Forum, contained within the discussion paper.


Horizon Career Centre


Are you looking to take the next step in your career? Or do you have a vacancy? Horizon Career Centre is the AASW's job service for members looking for work and employers who are looking to hire social workers.

New positions are advertised frequently. 

AASW Horizon Career Centre Employment Solutions and Career Resources for Social Workers


AASW events


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


Understanding the Federal Budget and the ACT Budget
Thursday, 21 June 2018
6.00pm - 8.00pm

New South Wales

Northern Rivers Practice Group meeting
Monday, 18 June 2018

Bathurst Social Worker Practice Group meeting
Thursday, 28 June 2018
4.00pm - 6.00pm

North Queensland

Branch Mental Health Practice Group
Thursday, 21 June
5.30pm - 7.00pm

Mackay Networking with Vice President
Friday, 29 June
5.30pm - 7.30pm


Webinar Social Work and the Law with Maggie Poole – S&G​​​​​Friday, 15 June 2018

Mindfulness & Emotional Self Care for Social Workers
Tuesday, 26 June 2018
9.00am - 4.15pm

South Australia

Private Practice Networking Session
Thursday, 14 June 2018

Strengths Based Supervision
Friday, 20 July 2018
9.30am - 4.30pm


Friday Catch up at The Pumphouse - Southern Networking Group
Friday, 15 June 2018
5.30pm – 6.30pm


FREE The Barwon Region's Response to Family Violence
Wednesday, 20 June 2018
5:30-8:00pm, Geelong

VHSW Seminar 2: Social Work on the inside, complex clients, systems and working towards positive change
Monday, 25 June 2018
1:45pm-4:30pm, North Melbourne
This seminar will be followed by the VMHSWPG meeting at 5-7pm.

FREE Social Work Yoga and Mindfulness Practice Group Meeting
Wednesday 27 June 2018
6:00pm-7:00pm, via teleconference

Western Australia

NAIDOC Week Celebration
Wednesday, 11 July 2018, 6.00pm, City West Lotteries House

New Graduates and Students Networking Night
Wednesday, 18 July 2018




Trauma education workshops with clinical psychologist Dr Leah Giarratano in November 2018

These two professional development workshops provide mental health professionals with practical skills and up-to-date research in traumatology.

Treating PTSD is offered in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne Brisbane and attracts 14 CPD hours

Treating complex trauma (helping survivors of abuse and neglect) is offered in Sydney and Melbourne (you must attend Treating PTSD beforehand) and attracts 14 CPD hours

For further details and to register, please visit Talomin Books.


Practitioner Certificate in Hypnosis

Online, flexible - study when you wish. AASW CPD hours: 112

This course provides a firm foundation for the practice of hypnosis as an adjunct to your existing skills. This course gives you advanced standing in higher level courses. The course is designed for Rural and Remote areas with additional; support by Skype or phone.

Enhance your impact and deepen your practice - learn more The University of Melbourne__________________________________________

Carers attend your practice everyday. Tell them about Carer Gateway. It's a great place to start for information and support. 1800 422 737__________________________________________

Australian Grief and Bereavement Conference 2018 Novotel Manly Pacific Sydney Australia 6-10 August 2018 Early bird special save $200__________________________________________

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