Social Work Focus: Seeking articles and review panel


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

We are seeking practice articles for the Spring 2018 issue, with the theme of "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.


Call for abstracts - Refugee Trauma Conference


The deadline for submitting an abstract for presentation at the 2019 Australia and New Zealand Refugee Trauma Recovery in Resettlement Conference is 3 August, with the Conference to be held in Brisbane 27-29 March 2019. 

Find out more about the Refugee Trauma Conference.


Funding grants for women's leadership development


Women & Leadership Australia (WLA) is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across Australia’s community services sector.

The initiative is providing women working in the sector with grants to enable participation in a range of leadership development programs.

The leadership development programs are part-time and delivered nationally via WLA’s blended learning model. Scholarship funding is strictly limited and will be awarded based on a set of selection criteria being met.

Expressions of Interest
Find out more and register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest form prior to 7 September 2018.


IFSW update


Earlier in the year, AASW promoted a petition to free Palestinian social worker Munther Amira. Last week, he was released from six months' imprisonment for peacefully protesting for children’s rights.

Read the full IFSW story.

AASW National President Christine Craik and CEO Cindy Smith will be attending the World Social Work & Development Conference, 4-7 July 2018.

Follow the tweets at AASW_ and SWSD2018.


Governance update - Constitution review


Over the last couple of months, members will have received communications regarding the AASW Board currently undertaking a review of the Association’s Constitution and Bylaws.

As part of the consultation process, AASW will host a webinar from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time, Tuesday 3 July 2018 to brief members on proposed changes to the Association’s Constitution.  Details of how members can participate in the webinar will be sent directly to all members in the next 48 hours.


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.


New South Wales

Social Workers in Disability (SWID) meeting
Friday, 6 July
10.00am - 12.00pm

Northern Rivers Practice Group meeting
Monday, 9 July
12.30pm - 2.00pm

North Queensland

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


Masterclass in working effectively with groups
Saturday, 14 and Sunday, 15 July
9.00am - 5.00pm

The Forgotten Known – Attachment Theory in Practice
Thursday, 2 August
9.00am to - 4.15pm

South Australia

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


Friday @ Embers – Southern Networking Group
Friday, 20 July 2018
5.30pm – 6.30pm

Wisdom from the frontline - homelessness support
Thursday, 26 July 2018
Bethlehem House, Hobart


FREE: School Social Work Practice Group Peer Supervision
Monday 2 July 2018
10.00am – 3.00pm

FREE Social Work Yoga and Mindfulness Practice Group Peer Supervision
Wednesday 25 July 2018
6:30pm – 7:30pm

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




Mastering Group Supervision, Jane Wexler, Melbourne

Conduct ethical group supervision using tailored supervision frameworks & structures for groups that inspire, enrich & support all group members.

High quality content, expertly guided experiential learning in a safe, affirming environment. One day only. Hurry – limited places.

CDP hours: 7 

Friday, 3 August 2018


Charles Sturt University: Doctor of Social Work

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