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The AASW Empowering Excellence CPD series offers contemporary and evidence-based online learning, tailored for social workers.

  • Learn in your own time, at your own pace
  • Designed and delivered by experts across practice and research
  • A range of clinical and therapeutic approaches, relevant to early career and more experienced social workers
  • Covers CPD topics aligned with Mental Health and Family Violence Social Work Accreditation.

New topics

  1. Evidence based Relaxation Therapy and Psychoneuroimmunology with Dr Judy Lovas (FPS relevant) Watch Dr Judy Lovas's preview
  2. A Narrative Therapy approach to men’s violence towards women with Helen Wirtz  Watch Helen Wirtz's preview
  3. Introduction to Narrative Therapy and Community Work  with Dr David Denborough (FPS relevant)
  4. Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with Anthony Hillin and Vanessa Edwige
  5. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Military Populations with Dr Madeline Romaniuk Watch Dr Madeline Romaniuk's preview

Access complete suite of Empowering Excellence online workshops - including exclusive packages.


Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Update


Australian Psychological Society Consultation Process : As reported in the media and through AASW’s bulletins and social media, the Minister for Health Greg Hunt announced a delay to the finalisation of the recommendations from the Medicare Review Taskforce in January, in light of disagreement between factions in the Australian Psychological Society, impacting on the position for access to Psychologists under Better Access.

A broader campaign involving members may be necessary depending on APS’s direction as outlined in their discussion paper and final position. A strategy will be prepared for this action, in conjunction with the AASW’s MBS Review Working Group.

Release of Report on Mental Health Items - The Department of Health announced on 5 February a consultation process following the release of the reports from the Primary Care Reference Groups including the Mental Health Reference Group and the Allied Health Reference Group.

The closing date for submissions on the reports is 17 May. AASW will be seeking to present to the Taskforce on the Mental Health report, as well as making a submission to this process.

AASW MBS Review Working Group is meeting shortly to discuss these developments and the AASW approach in making a response to the recommendations and proposed changes to the Better Access program.

Read more about the MBS review


Amplify: A one-day social work toolkit forum


AASW Queensland Branch Presents Amplify!

What in the world is Bush Adventure Therapy (BAT) and how can it be integrated into social work practice? Join Amanda Smith in an exploration of BAT, its research evidence, ethical foundations, principles and practices that guide safe and effective BAT practice. 

If you're attending this dynamic short workshop at the Queensland Branch's upcoming Amplify! Practice Forum, make sure you wear comfortable clothing, a hat, and have a water bottle and sunscreen on hand - a room bound session this is not!

Register now for the Amplify! Forum.


Law for Community Workers on the go: NSW Legal Aid podcast


Law for Community Workers on the go

Law for Community Workers on the go is a podcast where lawyers and other experts talk about what’s new in the law and other topics. The Podcasts are on Podbean or wherever you listen to podcasts.

Recent podcasts relevant to community workers (including social workers) nationally include:


Mental Health Professionals' Network - free webinars


The Mental Health Professionals' Network is hosting two free webinars in March:


Seeking social workers who work with stroke


The Stroke Foundation, in partnership with Cochrane Australia, is seeking expressions of interest from social workers who would like to be involved in the Content working group for the Living Stroke Guidelines project.

The aim is to test a new way of providing clinical recommendations that keeps up-to-date with newly published research. The project will run for three years and will pilot the first real model of living guidelines in Australia.

Who should consider expressing interest?

Any social worker with extensive experience and expertise in stroke care or research who would like to be involved with shaping national clinical recommendations regarding stroke care.

Please respond by email to Peta Bates pbates@strokefoundation.org.au by Wednesday 20 February 2019 if you are interested in being involved or call 03 9918 7274 if you have any queries.

Read more about the Stroke Foundation


Centenary of ANZAC Centre Practitioner Support Service


Do you work with veterans?  The Centenary of Anzac Centre is an initiative of Phoenix Australia – Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health runs a national Practitioner Support Service (PSS).

The PSS provides free advice, consultation and support to any health practitioner or support agencies who work with veterans with mental health problems across Australia. It offers support and advice on subjects ranging from seeking help in understanding military and veteran culture and the DVA service system through to latest research, sourcing a practitioner in their area, or seeking an opportunity to discuss and get advice around complex cases.

Find out more at the Centenary of ANZAC Centre website.


AASW CPD events


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

New South Wales

Pathways of Recovery: Strengths Approaches to Mental Health - last chance to register!
Monday, 11 February

Ethics at the Branch - Professional boundaries and dual relationships
Monday, 18 February

Environmental Social Work Practice Group - inaugural meeting
Thursday, 28 February

North Queensland

Cairns Networking Breakfast
Wednesday, 13 February

Mackay Networking Breakfast
Wednesday, 13 February

Townsville Networking Breakfast
Wednesday, 20 February


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

South Australia

Child Protection Legislation Information Session
Wednesday, 19 February
Bookings are full - join Facebook Live session 6.00pm ACDT


Northern Regional Networking welcome dinner
Wednesday, 13 February

North West Regional Networking Dinner
Thursday, 28 February

Southern Regional Group welcome dinner
Friday, 1 March

Grief and Loss Seminar
Friday, 22 March


Individual Funding Social Work Practice Group Meeting
Monday, 11 February

Rural Remote Social Work Action Practice Group Tele-meeting
Wednesday, 13 February

Social Work Yoga and Mindfulness Practice Group Meeting
Tuesday, 19 February




CLINICAL HYPNOSIS plus Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS)

The courses are based upon CBT training and are available in various locations throughout the country. Presented by Dr Alan Fahey MPsychiatry phone 02 9688 2300 or info@mindperformance.com

The training is CPD endorsed by the AASW and many health organisations including: the RACGP; the GPMHSC; the ACMHN and other colleges of nursing. This training supports attendees with the Focused Psychological Strategy component of their professional development. 

Register at MindPerformance for a workshop.


Supervision and State of Being, Advanced, & Mastering Group Supervision, Jane Wexler, Melbourne Zoo

Conduct ethical, effective supervision using supervision frameworks & structures that inspire, enrich and support individuals and group members.

High quality content, expertly guided experiential learning in an affirming, uplifting environment. Hurry – last days to register.

CPD hours 14. Advanced Supervision: Feb 26-27

CPD hours 7. Mastering Group Supervision: March 6



Engaging Minds - 2019 training

CQUniversity Australia Study Domestic and Family Violence Practice Learn More

La Trobe University Disability Practice Courses - Online - Learn More


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