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The AASW Empowering Excellence program 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.   

Topic include:

  1. Introduction to Narrative Therapy and Community Work  with Dr David Denborough (FPS relevant) Watch David Denborough's preview
  2. Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with Anthony Hillin and Vanessa Edwige Watch Anthony Hillin and Vanessa Edwige's preview
  3. Evidence based Relaxation Therapy and Psychoneuroimmunology with Dr Judy Lovas (FPS relevant) Watch Dr Judy Lovas's preview
  4. A Narrative Therapy approach to men’s violence towards women with Helen Wirtz  Watch Helen Wirtz's preview
  5. Becoming a social work supervisor: An interview with Jane Wexler Watch Jane Wexler's preview
  6. The transition from service provider to service manager  Watch Dr Elizabeth Shannon's preview

Access the complete suite of Empowering Excellence courses -  including exclusive packages.

New Eating Disorders online learning – Free for AASW members  

The AASW is proud to partner with the National Eating Disorders Coalition and the Butterfly Foundation to offer this comprehensive and practice-focussed online training opportunity on Eating Disorders for social workers.

Duration: 2 hours. CPD hours can be claimed against Focussed Psychological Strategies for AMHSWs.


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


Call for abstracts - Rural Social Work Conference


The view towards the Grampians from Wal Wal Road and Fishers Road near Taylors Lake, Horsham. Courtesy of Travel Victoria.
The view towards the Grampians from Wal Wal Road and Fishers Road near Taylors Lake, Horsham. Courtesy of Travel Victoria.

The Rural Social Work Conference: Responding to Challenges, Community Engagement and Innovative Practice is calling for abstracts. 

It will be held on Thursday 25 and Friday 26 July 2019 in Horsham, Victoria.

Call for Abstracts close 28 February 2019.

Contact Martin Butler mpbutler@bigpond.com if you are interested in sponsoring this event.


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:


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.


Health professionals have your say – My Aged Care research survey


The department has commissioned AMR to conduct a third wave of research to continue to track how users feel about My Aged Care. The aims of the evaluation are to:

  • measure progress against objectives
  • identify areas for further enhancements/improvements.

Find out more about the survey and participate.


AASW CPD events


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

New South Wales

Trauma-Informed Care & Practice - Level 2 
Tuesday, 16 April


North West Regional Networking Dinner
Thursday, 28 February

Southern Regional Group welcome dinner
Friday, 1 March

Grief and Loss Seminar
Friday, 22 March


Grampians Region: Social Work Identity, Ethics, Accreditation and the Rural/Regional Context' Update
Wednesday, 6 March

Vic Branch: Latrobe Valley Social Work Practice Group Meeting
Thursday, 7 March

World Social Work Day Breakfast 2019
Keynote speaker Kon Karapanagiotidis OAM
Tuesday, 19 March




Trauma education workshops with clinical psychologist Dr Leah Giarratano in 2019

These two acclaimed, highly practical, evidence-based workshops will underpin your clinical practice in traumatology. Offered in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Auckland, Adelaide, Perth and Darwin. Each attracts 14 CPD hours.

Treating PTSD (Day 1-2) is applicable to both adult and adolescent clients.

Treating complex trauma (Day 3-4) is intended for survivors of child abuse and neglect and you must attend Treating PTSD beforehand.

For further details and to register, please visit www.talominbooks.com


La Trobe University Disability Practice Courses - Online - Learn More

Engaging Minds: Personality disorders

Charles Sturt University Master of Social Work Advanced Practice


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