Governance update - Constitution review


Thank you to all members who participated in the Constitutional Review webinar held on Tuesday 3 July. If you missed the webinar, you can still listen to the session by clicking on the hyperlink. Make sure you log in to the AASW website and click on the link under the heading Constitutional Review Webinar. You will then need to provide your details on the form displayed.

As a part of the next stage of the review process, the AASW Board will be meeting later this week to consider the responses from members via the webinar, written submissions to the Associations Forum and direct communications with Board members.

The Board is also planning a further round of member consultations next month, including posting of Q&As on the AASW member web portal.




NAIDOC Week honours Indigenous Women

"Because of her, we can!" is the theme for this year's NAIDOC Week (8 - 15 July). AASW Director and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representative Linda Ford said Aboriginal women bring valuable knowledge and experience to social work practice, especially when working with Indigenous clients and communities. 

Ms Ford said, “Aboriginal women have played a significant role in protecting our culture and passing it on to our children and this is what we are celebrating this NAIDOC."

Read the full interview with Linda Ford, who discusses ways for non-Indigenous Australians to interact positively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples, and outlines her vision for the AASW's Reconciliation Plan and for social work with Indigenous people.

NAIDOC March, Melbourne

Members of the AASW Victorian Branch took part in the NAIDOC March on Friday 6 July. Marchers made their way from inner-city Fitzroy to Federation Square in the Melbourne's CBD in support of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander recognition.

Webinair: "Understanding the barriers to achieving anti-oppressive practice"

In recognition of NAIDOC week, the AASW will be hosting a free, member-only live webinar panel discussion on “Understanding the barriers to achieving anti-oppressive practice”, in the context of social work engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and Reconciliation.

This is a collaboration with four respected AASW members across the Northern Territory and Northern Queensland:

  • Pamela Trotman,
  • Dr Christine Fejo-King,
  • Josephine Lee (AASW NT Mary Moylan Award Recipient), and
  • Assoc. Professor Susan Gair.

The webinar will draw on the presenters’ diverse practice, academic, and cultural knowledge, experiences and perspectives.   

Date: 26 July 2018
Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm (AEST)
Register for the webinar here

The webinar will also be recorded for members who are not available to view the live stream.


IFSW General Meeting and Conference 2018


2018 IFSW General Meeting

Australia was among a record 70 country-level members to vote at the 2018 IFSW General Meeting. The general meeting, which was held 1-2 July in Dublin, Ireland, preceded the World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development.

“It was a very historic event for the social work profession with such a large number of country representatives overcoming challenges to be able to participate in the General Meeting," Dr Rory Truell, Secretary General of the IFSW, said.

World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development

Promoting Community and Environmental Sustainability – Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development: Third Report has been launched at the World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development in Dublin, Ireland. The major report on the practice of social work and social development was launched on 4 July at the conference.

For more information on the report or to download a copy Launch of major global report on social work and social development


AASW CEO Cindy Smith, National President Christine Craik and Chair of the Editorial Board (ASW journal) Rosalie Pockett at the conference in Dublin.


AASW events


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


False Self Preservation Seminar 
Tuesday, 17 July
6.00pm - 7.30pm

New South Wales

SANG (Student and New Graduate) seminar: Human rights & trauma-informed approaches - working with families at risk
Tuesday, 17 July
6:30pm - 8.00pm

Making co-supervision work in field education - Field Education Practice Group meeting
Thursday, 26 July
3.00pm - 5.00pm

North Queensland

Mackay Network Meeting - Conversational Cafe
Thursday, 16 August
5.30pm - 7.00pm


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 
9.30am - 4.30pm


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

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


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

Two Day Introduction to Supervision Workshop 
​​​​Wednesday, 25 July - Thursday, 26 July
Expression of interest: Registrations at capacity.
Email to join a waiting list or to express your interest in a future workshop.

Western Australia

NAIDOC Week Celebration
Wednesday, 11 July
City West Lotteries House, West Perth

New Graduates and Students Networking Night
Wednesday, 18 July

NDIS Symposium
Wednesday, 25 July
9.00am - 5.00pm,
City West Lotteries House, West Perth





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 


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