Social Work Focus: Seeking articles and review panel


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Social Work Focus is your membership magazine. Read 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. To express interest email


Australian Social Work - July 2018 edition


The July 2018 edition of Australian Social Work is available online now. We Live and Breathe Through Culture: Conceptualising Cultural Connection for Indigenous Australian Children in Out-of-home CareTowards Sustainability in Australian Social Work Field Education and Social Work and the Natural Environment: Embedding Content Across Curricula are just a few of the articles available in the latest edition. 

Read the entire edition now.


Independent Review of Health Providers’ Access to Medicare Card Numbers


On 10 July 2017, the Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, and the then Minister for Human Services, the Hon Alan Tudge MP, announced an Independent Review of Health Providers’ Access to Medicare Card Numbers. The Review was commissioned following media reports that Medicare card numbers were available for sale on the ‘dark web’.

The Review Panel, led by Professor Peter Shergold AC, and supported by the Presidents of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and the Australian Medical Association delivered a Discussion Paper released for public consultation on 18 August 2017. A Final Report containing 14 recommendations was presented to the Minister for Health and the then Minister for Human Services on 5 October 2017.

On 16 February 2018, the Australian Government provided a formal response to the final report that agreed without qualification to 13 recommendations and agreed in-principle to the remaining recommendation pending further examination of implementation options.

The Department is committed to providing all stakeholders with progress updates on the implementation of the recommendations.

To date, the Department has implemented six of the recommendations, and by 30 December 2018, a further six will be implemented

The remaining two recommendations will be implemented during 2019 and 2020.

The discussion paper, final report and Government response can be found on the Department of Human Services’ website.



AASW research grants open


AASW Practitioner Research Grant 2018-2019 applications now open.

The AASW National Research Committee is now calling for applications for the AASW Practitioner Research Grant 2018-2019. This is a great opportunity for social work practitioners to engage in research, and contribute new knowledge to their area or practice context with financial support from the AASW. Find out more about AASW Practitioner Research Grants at our website.


Participate in research


Social work services for male eating disorders
This study is looking for social workers work with clients with eating disorders. Those with experience working with male clients with eating disorders will be particularly welcomed.
Be directed to the study on male eating disorders.

Online survey on Videoconferencing: Beliefs and barriers to uptake in allied health practice
Emerging allied health practitioners and students are invited to participate in a survey of current knowledge and attitudes to technology in addressing hard-to-reach populations.
Complete the short survey.

All our research opportunities are available on our website.


EOI Palliative Care Social Work Standards


Palliative Care Social Work Standards expressions of interest must be received by COB, Wednesday, 1 August 2018. The deadline has been extended.

The NSW AASW Palliative Care Practice group is seeking Expressions of Interest from members to join a steering committee. This committee will guide the development of national Palliative Care Social Work Standards.

The Palliative Care Social Work Practice Standards will complement current AASW Standards and will apply to palliative and end of life care contexts. We are seeking representation from social workers in all states who have the ability to actively participate and contribute to the objectives and activities of the Committee

For more information, please download the EOI form.


Women in Leadership


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.


AASW events


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

New South Wales

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

Remnants of Empire, Beginnings of Life: Working with pregnant Indigenous women as a non-Indigenous social worker
Wednesday, 1 August
6.00pm - 7.30pm

North Queensland

Strategies for Thriving in Rural Practice
Thursday, 23 August
9.00am - 12.30pm

Making the Most of Supervision
Friday, 24 August
9.00am - 12.30pm


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

CBT Exposure Therapy for Anxiety Disorders
Thursday, 23 August
9.00am - 5.00pm


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


Life Member Biography Project Launch
Thursday, 16 August 
4.30pm - 5.30pm followed by optional dinner at 6.00pm, North Melbourne

Insights for international social work students, new graduates and overseas trained social workers
Wednesday, 22 August
5.30pm - 8.00pm

There will be a follow up workshop, Securing your first social work role seminar on 24 October 2018.
Live streaming option is available.




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3rd Technology Safety Summit: Examining the Intersection Between Technology and Domestic Violence

6-7 September 2018, Gold Coast, QLD

$545 – Non-profit/Education

$819 – Business/Government

(Concession rates available)

The Technology Safety Summit brings together Australian and international experts addressing the intersection of domestic violence and technology. This conference is for professionals working with domestic violence survivors also experiencing technology-facilitated abuse. Attendees will have a deeper understanding of how perpetrators misuse technology to abuse/stalk and how they can support survivors of abuse.


Supervision of staff for social workers

Are you interested in improving your skills, knowledge and confidence in supervision of staff? Then consider this highly regarded advanced 4-day course, presented by experienced social workers and educators Pam Cohen and Marie Heydon.

Dates: 19 & 20 October and 9 & 10 November 2018.  

Location: Centre for Education & Workforce Development, Rozelle, NSW

Cost: $950.00 (AASW member); $1100.00 (non AASW member)

AASW Endorsed CPD hours: 28 (course attendance) plus two for the assessment

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