Free AASW Countering Violent Extremism workshops


Countering Violent Extremism CPD program

We are pleased to continue to offer a continuing professional development program for social work, mental health and welfare professionals around the theme of Building Resilience & Preventing Radicalisation to Violent Extremism - An Awareness Raising Workshop.

Free to all attendees with priority given to AASW members. 

Find out more and register register to attend a workshop.


Are you a social worker in private practice?


Primary Health Networks (PHNs) are developing regional stepped care primary mental health service models.  In that context, we welcome the Department of Health’s initiative providing information and support for mental health clinicians who are in private practice as sole traders or small business owners.

The Australian Psychological Society (APS) has been funded to develop education and training resources to support sole traders and small business owners to be successful in obtaining contracts with PHNs. The APS worked in collaboration with the Australian Association of Social Workers, Occupational Therapy Australia, and the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses to develop online training modules and webinars.

Access the free training at the Tendering for PHN Contracts website.

In addition, the first webinar to introduce the training will be held on Thursday, 29 November 2018 at 7.15pm – 8.30pm.  The webinar is free. You can watch a recording later if you are not able to join it live. For further information, please contact


AASW Annual Report 2017-2018


AASW Annual Report 2017-2018

The Association has published its Annual Report 2017-2018. Achievements during the financial year included:

  • Implementing Indigenous ways of knowing with our Reconciliation Action Plan 2017-2019
  • Hosting the National Symposium 2017 in Hobart
  • Reaching an all-time high of 11,000 members and nine per cent member growth
  • Developing the Your Distinction credentialing program
  • Launching the Empowering Excellence suite of online workshops for social workers
  • Advocating for Accredited Mental Health Social Workers’ access to provide therapy via telehealth
  • Progress made in the advocacy for social work registration.

Read the Annual Report 2017-2018.


National Advisory Panels


AASW is establishing two National Advisory Panels (NAPs) for the following areas:

  • NDIS
  • Mental Health Reform

The purpose of the NAPs is to provide expertise, leadership, and strategic focus on key issues that the AASW is engaged in to further the social policy and advocacy priorities of the Association, and the profession of social work.

Expressions of Interest should include:

  • A brief summary of experience and expertise in the relevant area
  • Demonstrated understanding of current government policy environment and directions
  • Knowledge of the practice issues for social workers and outcomes for clients in the relevant area.

Terms of Reference, along with an Expression of Interest form are available or on websitePlease submit your expression of interest to Debra Parnell by Monday, 10 December 2018.



Free webinar on veterans’ mental health research insights


Medical and allied health providers are invited to register for the free professional development webinar: A snapshot of Australian Veterans’ Mental Health Research, to be held on Monday 3 December 2018, 7.15pm AEDT.

This is the latest webinar in the Mental Health and the Military Experience webinar series being produced by the Mental Health Professionals’ Network, on behalf of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, to support practitioners to better respond to the mental health needs of veterans.

Find out more on the DVA website. 


Young veterans at increased risk of mental illness and suicide, report finds


Young people who transition out of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) within their first year or early in their career are at an increased risk of developing a mental illness and are twice as likely to die by suicide than young Australians in the general community.

A new report, The Next Post: Young people transitioning from military service and mental health, co-authored by Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, and Phoenix Australia - Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, recommends targeted interventions and services to be developed to support this vulnerable group.

Read the full report.


Certification Framework for Digital Mental Health Services Project


The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has been engaged by the Australian Government Department of Health to scope the development of a certification framework and national standards to support ongoing safety and quality assurance for digital mental health services.

Stakeholder engagement and advice to the project will be led by Dr Peggy Brown AO, Senior Clinical Advisor. Over the course of the project there will be a number of stakeholder consultation activities. The Commission will write again with further information regarding stakeholder consultation.

A short project fact sheet is available with further information. You can contact the project team at for more information on the project or to register your interest in future consultations.


AASW CPD events


New South Wales

Social Workers in Disability (SWID) Conference: Human Rights, Social Justice & Equity in Disability
Friday, 7 December

Pathways of Recovery: Strengths Approaches to Mental Health
Monday, 11 February

North Queensland

Introducing the Stepped Care Model – Primary Mental Health Care - Townsville
Friday, 30 November

Building Resilience and Preventing Radicalisation to Violent Extremism - An Awareness Raising Workshop - Townsville
Wednesday, 12 December


Slater and Gordon – Insurance and Superannuation Claims – Legal Education Seminar
Monday, 3 December

Qld Branch Forum – Amplify your Social Work Toolkit
Friday, 15 February 2019

South Australia

Students & New Graduates Careers Night
Thursday, 6 December

Building Resilience and Preventing Radicalisation to Violent Extremism: An awareness raising workshop
Tuesday, 11 December


Friday, 30 November
Thursday, 7 February 2019



Roxanne Garven Family Therapist: Interested in learning Family Therapy and Systemic Therapy in 2019? Postgraduate course starts in January Find out more.

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