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

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.

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Constitution Webinar – 2 May


Members are invited to join a webinar with National President Christine Craik and Director Brooke Kooymans on Thursday, 2 May at 7.00pm AEST to discuss the changes to the Constitution. The Association proposes to hold a General Meeting of members on Friday, 24 May 2019 at 4.00pm AEST to vote on Six Special resolutions to update the Association’s Constitution.

At the General Meeting, members will be asked to vote on:

  • Reducing the number of National Vice Presidents from two to one
  • Director tenure: aligning Director’s tenure to the Association’s AGM and reducing the time a Director can be a Board member from 12 years to 3 x 3-year terms, a total of nine years (subject to standard, Member election processes and procedures)
  • Insertion of transitional provisions to accommodate (1) and (2) above (if Members vote in favour of those resolutions)
  • Greater flexibility in creating and retiring Board Committees and National Committees
  • Removing the rule that permits a Director to appoint an alternate Director
  • Numerous other administrative and ancillary changes that will align and strengthen the Association’s Constitution to better governance practice.

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

Join the webinar on Thursday, 2 May at 7.00pm.

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

Please read the Discussion Paper for more information.


Networking Opportunities


Professionals in Allied Health rely on networks to be able to provide informal communications, reflections on industry, uncovering options for the best service for clients and connecting with peers.

Are you benefiting from networking?

Is your current circuit of meetings and discussions getting the right outcomes to support your practice? If not, why not join an AASW networking group? The AASW has many active Networking Groups who gather for a range of individual development purposes via Networking Sessions.

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International Events


IFSW Europe Conference: Social Protection and Human Dignity

Social work strengthening relationships at the heart of thriving, healthy and peaceful communities: respecting human rights, safeguarding wellbeing, increasing participation, protecting the environment.


September 8 - September 11

The Austrian Association of Social Work is hosting the 2019 European Conference. They will provide a broad variety of keynotes, panels and paper sessions.

Meet colleagues from all over the world in workshops at the locations where social work is provided!


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NDIS online webinar series


Be one of the first to register for this two-part Webinar Series on Social Work Practice in the NDIS with Brooke Kooymans on Tuesdays 4 and 11 June 2019 (3.00pm - 6.00pm).

Social workers will be provided with practical skills needed for successfully working within the NDIS framework.

  • Part 1, will explore the roles for social workers in the NDIS; and
  • Part 2, will explore how social workers can successfully support participants to achieve the best outcomes.

Social workers, as skilled professionals, have a lot to offer this new world of disability care and the intrinsic diversity of the profession positions social worker at the forefront of the allied health professions operating in this space.

Early bird pricing available until Friday 3 May.

For more information or to register please visit the Webinar - Social Work Practice in the NDIS page.

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