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Challenging Inequality

AASW is proud to launch the Conference 2019 Challenging Inequality: Working together for a just society.

This event will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre, South Australia from 7-9 November 2019.

Attracting over 600 delegates from Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region, this event will give attendees an opportunity to exchange information on the current challenges and trends in the sectors, advance networks, gain peer knowledge from leading experts and review the newest services and products on the market.   

The conference program will include poverty and social disadvantage, climate change and sustainability, human rights, Reconciliation, mental health, disability, family violence, trauma and abuse, children and youth, aged care, substance abuse and housing.

So save the date and join us in Adelaide for the Conference 2019, and let us all work together collaboratively, to challenge inequality.


Your Distinction: Clinical credential


Your Distinction: Find out more

With the recent launch of the Accredited Clinical Social Worker credential in the Your Distinction program, the AASW continues to distinguish specialist and advanced social work practice in a range of areas.

Credentials assure individuals and their families, the Australian community, employers and funding bodies that accredited social workers have acquired a distinguished level of expertise in their field of practice. The AASW has had an accreditation program since 2005, and the expansion of the program has been led by both industry drivers and demand from members.

Over the coming months, new credentials will be launched. You can register your interest on our website. We have received interest from members suggesting the credentials be expanded to include other areas of practice.

These credentials offer you an opportunity to position yourself as a social worker with a reputation of expertise and distinction, assuring the people you work with that you meet the highest standards of knowledge, safety and quality of service in social work.

See our website for more information. You can also email


Constitution review 2019 - webinar on 2 May


Members will recall the circulation of a Discussion Paper proposing updates to the Association’s Constitution in 2019.  The National President Christine Craik and Director Brooke Kooymans hosted a webinar on 5 March to explain the reasons and rationale for the proposals and responded to questions from Members. The proposals have been well-received and subject to Board approval, the Association is proposing to hold a General Meeting of Members at 4.00pm AEST, Friday 24 May 2019 for the purpose of voting on six Special Resolutions to update the Association’s Constitution.  For the special resolutions to pass, at least 75 per cent of the votes cast by Members must be in favour.

It is anticipated that the Notice of General Meeting will be circulated to Members on Wednesday 1 May 2019.

The National President and Director Brooke Kooymans will host a further half hour webinar on Thursday, 2 May 2019 at 7.00pm AEST to take any further questions or queries from Members on the proposals to update the Association’s Constitution.  Please save the date. Register for the webinar.

If you have any queries in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact the Company Secretary, Geoff Bennett at

Read more about Constitutional reform


Work at the AASW


We are hiring: Find out more

We have several positions open at the AASW. See our website for more information and to apply.


Seeking expressions of interest - National Research Committee


We invite expressions of interest from AASW members to join the AASW National Research Committee. The committee’s purpose is to promote a culture of research within the profession and the association. You will be required to review research applications and grant applications and ensure they meet AASW standards.

Expressions of interest close COB Thursday, 18 April 2019.

Find out more on our website.


Social Work Focus - Social Work Futures edition


Social Work Focus: Social Work FuturesThe latest edition of Social Work Focus is on our website. This edition's theme is Social Work Futures, featuring news and practice articles on a diverse range of future-focused subjects. These include:

Log in and read it today.

We are seeking contributions for the Winter edition, which is on social work research and its impacts by 10 June. Email to pitch a contribution.


Australian Social Work - April 2019


Australian Social Work: The Journal of the AASWThe April edition of Australian Social Work has been published, with the theme of Social Work Education - Part 2.

Read it here.

A selection of articles is below:


Participate in research


We have opportunities to participate in research on our website:

Participating counts towards CPD.


Working Better Together online conference 21 May – 6 June


Working Better Together

MHPN invites mental health practitioners to join its inaugural online conference. It is free to attend, with a range of activities scheduled across three weeks, from 21 May – 6 June 2019. Register and learn more.


Nominate now - De Leo Fund Award - research in suicide prevention


The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) has created the De Leo Fund Award, which honours the memory of Nicola and Vittorio, the beloved children of Professor Diego De Leo, IASP Past President.

The Award is offered to distinguished scholars in recognition of their outstanding research on suicidal behaviours carried out in developing countries. Members of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) are invited to nominate suitable persons for the De Leo Fund Award. Nominees do not necessarily have to be IASP members. Self-nomination is permitted.

Please send your nomination directly to Prof Diego De Leo, Chairperson of the De Leo Fund Award Committee and attach a brief summary (& CV) of why your nominee is deserving of the Award.

The deadline is 15 June 2019. Questions and nominations should be directed to Professor Emeritus Diego de Leo AO


AASW CPD events


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


Supported Decision Making Workshop
Tuesday, 28 May

New South Wales

Student Series: Social Workers in Practice - Social Work Practice in Aged Care; an Inpatient and Community Lens
Thursday, 2 May

Student Series: Social Workers in Practice - The role of Social Work in the Paediatric Emergency Department - by video
Thursday, 9 May


Focused Psychological Strategies for Social Workers
Thursday, 16 and Friday, 17 May

Webinar - Social Work Practice in the NDIS - tools for successfully operating in this space
Tuesdays 4 and 11 June 2019

South Australia

Social Worker of the Year Awards Presentation Dinner 2019
Thursday, 2 May

How poverty shapes the mind
Tuesday, 21 May


Vic Branch: Social Work Yoga and Mindfulness Practice Group Meeting
Tuesday, 30 April

Social Work Management and Leadership Series: Workshop 2 Leadership Foundations
Tuesday, 30 April




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


Current Issues and Trends in Grief Support with Dr Darcy Harris

The Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement are proud to present leading clinician and practitioner, internationally renowned Dr Darcy Harris. Dr Darcy Harris from London, Canada will deliver workshops in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth from 18 July – 2 August. Dr Harris will bring her expert knowledge in bereavement research, theory, practice, training and care to these highly interactive sessions. The course attracts 8 CPD hours. 

Charles Sturt University

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