Acknowledgement of Country: “We begin by acknowledging that we work on the lands of the Aboriginal People, the traditional owners and ongoing custodians of the lands of South Australia.  We pay our respects to the elders past and present, their ancestors and their families. The AASW commit to actively engage, include & represent the voices of Aboriginal Social Workers & Aboriginal communities in their work, commit to seeking their equal opportunity, freedom of expression and social justice through our work.”   (Shirley Young; August 2017).”



Continuing Professional Development


Upcoming CPD events

Applying Attachment Theory
Presenter: Sally Watson
7 March 2019
Dementia Australia building, 27 Conyngham Street, Glenside  SA


Legal Aspects of Case Notes
Presenter: Darren McGeachie
26 March 2019
Dementia Australia building, 27 Conyngham Street, Glenside  SA



CBT for Anxiety - More B than C
Presenter: Paula Redpath
10 April 2019
Dementia Australia building, 27 Conyngham Street, Glenside  SA



Supervision 1: A Reflective and Developmental Approach
Presenter: Margaret Morrell

30 April - 2 May 2019
Education Development Centre, 4 Milner St, Hindmarsh, SA



How poverty shapes the mind
Presenter: Donna Broadhurst
21 May 2019
Dementia Australia building, 27 Conyngham Street, Glenside  SA



Clinical Supervision
Presenter: Paula Redpath

19 June 2019
Education Development Centre, 4 Milner Street, Hindmarsh, SA



Please ensure when registering for an event that you are aware of the  standard Terms and Conditions that apply in regard to cancellations and refunds.


SA CPD Survey

The SA Branch is seeking feedback on the types of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) its members would like offered.

The survey questions have been created primarily to determine the topics of interest to members as well as time and location preferences for attending events.

The Branch thanks you in advance for taking the time to complete this survey, your responses will greatly assist us in creating future programmes that meet your professional development needs.


The survey closes 4pm, Thursday 21 March 2019.


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PHN SA Primary Health Care Conference 2019 - Integration : Innovation : Collaboration

Friday 14 and Saturday 15 June 2019 @ Adelaide Convention Centre

All primary health care professionals from across South Australia are invited to attend.  The conference includes a pre-conference mental health workshop on 14 June.

Registration is FREE and now open via Eventbrite.

For more information, including the program please visit




Social Policy Update


Royal Commission

The Aged Care Royal Commission held its first public hearing in Adelaide on Friday 18 January 2019.

The SA Branch Practice Group says the commission "presents presents a much-needed opportunity to address a range of issues in the aged care system, and to restore confidence in the community regarding the provision of quality and safe aged care services" and "a space for Social Work as a profession to consider its role and ability to contribute towards the achievement of best practice outcomes in relation to the general health and wellbeing of older people and their families in our communities."



International Professional Exchange Programs


Council of International Fellowship - Australia (CIF AU) provides social workers and related human services professionals with development and training through cross-cultural, cross-continental professional exchange.  It is a non-profit, voluntary, incorporated association formed in 2006 and is one of more than 30 national branches of CIF International.

CIF offers international exchange programs for social workers from around the world. The goal of the exchange is to give participants an understanding of the social, economic and cultural conditions of the country, which the participants choose to visit.

Exchange programs are offered by numerous countries including Australia. A typical international exchange program offers:

  • Introduction to another culture.
  • Opportunity to meet social work professionals from around the world.
  • Orientation to another local social welfare system.
  • Opportunity to be part of typical family life and customs while aboard.
  • Exposure to field work and professional development experiences in another country.
  • Participation in the evaluation of your chosen CIF program.

If you are interested and wish to participate you can join the conversation in the discussion forum below. Please also have a look at the CIF AU website for more information on different programs around the world, eligibility criteria, and how to apply:


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