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).”



Volunteers Dinner


In recognition of National Volunteers Week the AASW SA Branch Management Committee hosted a Volunteers Dinner at SACOSS with a Mexican Fiesta theme.  Current volunteers were joined by people interested in becoming more involved in giving back to the Association and the community through volunteering with the AASW.

Guests enjoyed Mexican Street food from TacoCat food truck, along with cake and mocktails.

If you are interested in volunteering please contact the SA Branch or one of the SA Practice Groups:



Continuing Professional Development


Upcoming CPD events


Social Work Snapshot: Career Insights and Volunteering for Students & New Grads
Presenter: Student & New Graduates Practice Group

11 June 2019
Flinders Uni, CBD Campus, 182 Victoria Square, Adelaide



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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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 Webinars


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 AEST = 2.30pm-5.30pm Adelaide Time).

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.

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


Social Determinants of Health Webcasts


The Centre for Healthcare Knowledge & Innovation is holding the first of five Social Determinants of Health webcasts on Monday 3 June, 2.00pm-4.00pm AEST.


It’s been more than 10 years since the WHO Commission on the Social Determinants of Health delivered its final report on how to reduce inequities in power, money and resources and people’s daily living conditions in order to improve health equity. So what’s changed since then?

A Framework for Social Determinants of Health will take a look at the theory of social determinants of health (SDoH) and the evidence that supports key action areas. Facilitated by Tessa Boyd-Caine, CEO of Health Justice Australia, a panel of experts will provide the baseline for building shared language around individual lifestyle factors, social and community networks, and general socioeconomic, cultural and environmental conditions in 2019.



Rural Social Work Conference


AASW SA Branch is proud to support the AASW Vic Rural Social Work Action Practice Group with their upcoming 14th Biennial Rural Remote Social Work Conference 2019:

Responding to Challenges, Community Engagement and Innovative Practice

Dates: Thursday 25 July - Friday 26 July, 2019

Venue: Horsham Church of Christ, 91 River Road, Horsham VIC 3400

CPD: Up to 17 hours

This is a fabulous opportunity for all social workers working in rural and remote communities to share stories of how social workers have risen to challenges and made the impossible become possible.

Register before 31 May to secure the early bird rate at Rural Social Work Conference 2019.


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