Social work activity and insurance coverage


The AASW has developed the resource Social Work Activity and Insurance Coverage as suggested reasonable steps in defining a social work activity for the purpose of considering if it is covered under the AASW Master Policy when a member undertakes that activity. For more information about insurance, please see the FAQs about insurance on our website.


AMHSW CPD Audit of 2017-18


AMHSW CPD Audit of 2017-18

The AMHSW CPD for 2017-18 has now been conducted. You can read a little about the outcome, and also read some information to keep in mind for the future, below.

Why an Audit was important

AASW has standards for the CPD that AMHSW members should attain each Audit year, which is from July 1 to June 30 each year.

In addition, and consistent with these AASW standards, members who are Medicare providers of FPS standards need to be able to demonstrate that they meet certain CPD requirements for FPS.

The National Alliance of Self-Regulating Health Professions (NASRHP) provides a recommendation that five per cent of accredited members should be audited for compliance with CPD requirements or standards. The audit has been conducted as a randomly selected sample of AMHSW members, then with further sub-selection so that the threshold of five per cent coverage is met.

Read more about the CPD compliance audit


1,500 students take part in World's Largest Mental Health Awareness Lesson in Sydney


Last month, the Black Dog Institute teamed up with the NSW Department of Education and other mental health and youth organisations to officially break the Guinness World Record for the World's Largest Mental Health Awareness Lesson in Sydney. Find out more about the day.


Report Published: Accessibility and quality of mental health services in rural and remote


The Senate's Community Affairs References Committee has called for a national strategy on rural and remote mental health to address the low rates of access to mental health services and the tragically high rate of suicide in Australia's rural and remote communities. The committee's report sets out the findings of the inquiry into the accessibility and quality of mental health services in rural and remote Australia and makes 18 recommendations to Government.


Government to support suicide summit recommendations


Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, says the Government will commit to supporting the outcomes of the National Suicide Prevention Summit held in Canberra including development of a system which allow rapid responses to clusters of suicide in communities.


Improving perinatal mental health care


Ground-breaking Australian research has highlighted the potential for digital mental health screenings to be used to assist in identifying new and expecting mothers who may need additional mental health care. The Perinatal Integrated Psychosocial Assessment (PIPA) study evaluated the effectiveness of a new online psychosocial self-assessment and electronic clinician aids and compared it to the current method of face-to-face assessment.


Most recipients of State and Territory mental health care rate their experience positively


A new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) shows that most people receiving state and territory mental health services are satisfied with the treatment and care they receive. Data, published in today’s mental health services in Australia web report, presents results from the Your Experience of Service (YES) survey, for mental health patients in New South Wales and Queensland about their perceptions of the treatment and care they received.


Christine Morgan appointed CEO of National Mental Health Commission

Newly-appointed CEO of the Mental Health Commission Christine Morgan is a highly experienced leader with a deep exposure to the mental health sector. She has demonstrated experiences as a highly credible chief executive in the sector as CEO of the Butterfly Foundation since 2009. Christine has grown Butterfly into a widely respected and highly effective national organisation for people with eating disorders and their carers in Australia.

ACT Health to look overseas to stem mental health nurse shortages


- Daniella White, The Canberra Times

The ACT government is looking overseas to fill nursing and doctor shortages in the territory's mental health sector.

A workforce committee has been established with the task of developing an action plan for national and international recruitment of nurses and senior medical staff to make sure there is "adequate supply" of staff throughout the year.


Nominate an outstanding Victorian social worker by 1 February 2019

Do you know a social worker who has made an outstanding contribution to the lives of individuals, families and the community?

Does one of your social work colleagues truly exemplify social work values, professional excellence and a commitment to social justice?

The award recipient will be announced on World Social Work Day on Tuesday 19 March 2019.

The prize will be $1,000 towards professional development.

Nominations close soon! Nominate now!

For further information, eligibility criteria and the nomination form visit Social Worker of the Year Award 2019.

Suicide prevention national digital gateway

Suicide prevention as a whole requires coordinated and combined effort from all levels of government, health care systems, front-line health and community groups, as well as individuals, families and communities.
With this in mind, Life in Mind was launched in 2018 to provide a national digital gateway connecting Australian suicide prevention organisations, services and programs to each other and communities.
Developed as a platform for knowledge exchange, Life in Mind provides a cohesive link between policy and practice, enabling those working in suicide prevention to access resources, services and organisations in their suicide prevention efforts.

Victorian Mental Health Practice Group seeks new convenor and participants


The Victorian Mental Health Practice Group (VMHSW) Convenor Aroon Naidoo is stepping down as convenor after six years in the role. Read the Convenor's Report December 2018. To be a part of the VMHSW contact Aroon directly or Anneka or Rosanna at the AASW Vic Branch.


Amplify: A one-day social work toolkit forum - 15 February


The AASW Queensland Branch is hosting Amplify!, a forum to maximise your social work toolkit on varied, practice-based workshop sessions that relate to one of the three streams - Children & Young People, Families, Health & Wellbeing. It is being held on Friday, 15 February 2019 at Griffith University, Logan Campus. Register today.


AASW CPD events


New South Wales

Pathways of Recovery: Strengths Approaches to Mental Health
Monday, 11 February 2019


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

South Australia

Thursday, January 24 2019



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

The MHS Summer Forum 2019: Community Mental Health Systems Human Rights and Services

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