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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.


Expressions of Interest 2019 CPD Calendar


Are you interested in conducting training with the AASW?

The Branch is interested in hearing from members who are interested in working with us to conduct training and events for the 2019 and 2020 CPD calendar.

This may include facilitating workshops or information seminars, or ideas about future training events that could be run with the WA Branch.

If you are interested, please email the Branch with information regarding your proposed training.


Communications Survey - have your say


Survey open: Share your views and experiences

If you haven't already, please complete our Member Communications Survey 2019.

It closes on Thursday, 16 May at midnight AEST. 


Working Better Together online conference 21 May – 6 June


Working Better Together

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


Voluntary assisted dying

  • Public consultation opens on voluntary assisted dying legislation for Western Australia
  • A voluntary assisted dying discussion paper released to highlight key issues for the legislation, which is due to be introduced to Parliament in the second half of this year
  • Public consultation sessions being held in Perth and regional centres in April and May

Western Australians will have the opportunity to have their say on key issues being considered in the development of laws to enable voluntary assisted dying.

As part of a comprehensive consultation being conducted across the State, public sessions will take place in April and May in Perth, Bunbury, Kalgoorlie, Geraldton and Broome before legislation is introduced to the State Parliament later this year.

The discussion paper and more information about the planned consultation sessions and upcoming legislation can be found on the government website. 


Resilient Australia Awards


The 2019 Resilient Australia Awards are now open for submissions. Celebrating 20 years of initiatives that build resilience and inspire others to act these awards help make communities safer, more connected and better prepared for natural hazards and emergencies.

Submissions will be accepted in each state and territory for business, community, government, local government, schools and photography award categories. The winners from each jurisdiction will be considered for national awards.

Submissions will be accepted until 5:00pm AEST on 17 May 2019, via the online platform: For details, visit the Awards website.

Read more about the Resilient Australia Awards


Safe access zones around sexual health clinics in Western Australia move a step closer


The paper entitled 'Safe access zones - Proposal for reform in Western Australia' explores how an appropriate legislative framework might operate to ensure patients can access health services, including abortion clinics, without fear of intimidation or harassment.

Safe access zones are designed to address concerns regarding the safety and wellbeing of patients and staff that work at, or are seeking access to, legal health services including abortion services.

Feedback can be submitted via written and online submissions or by completing an online survey.

The closing date for submissions is 31 May 2019.


Multicultural Services Centre - Bunbury


Normal office hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 0900-1400.  As it is staffed by a sole worker, this may subject o change.  

  • If you need financial assistance you MUST make an appointment, to occur before 1.00pm.

The English Conversation / Peer Support Group still meets at Milligan Community Centre every Wednesday from 10.00am to 12.00pm. 

  • It is no longer meeting on Friday
  • Children are welcome
  • It is free
  • Please call if you are bringing someone for support
  • Milligan Community Centre is at 35 Milligan St in Carey Park.  There is a bus stop right outside the door.

Contact details:

Julie Todter
T. (08) 9791 5281


Mental Health Commissioner to stand down


Western Australia's Mental Health Commissioner, Timothy Marney has resigned from his role after five years leading the Mental Health Commission.

The last five years has seen a period of expansion in demand for mental health services in WA. During this time, Mr Marney has managed a 25 per cent increase in State funding to deliver a range of new and advanced services that have improved outcomes for mental health consumers.

Other notable achievements include establishing community step up/step down mental health services in Rockingham and Albany, with four more of these residential centres on track in Bunbury, Kalgoorlie, Geraldton and Karratha.

In collaboration with the WA Police Force, Mr Marney also developed the award-winning Police Mental Health Co-Response teams.

Mr Marney will depart his post on 14 June 2019.

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