AASW Conference 2019: Early bird registrations


We congratulate Natasha Stott Despoja AO on her 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours for distinguished service to the global community as an advocate for gender equality. Natasha will be our keynote speaker of the AASW Conference 2019. Her commitment to challenging inequality, particularly gender inequality, will be a vital contribution to the conversation about what we can all do to create a just society for all.

Take advantage of early bird registrations today.

There are only limited sponsorship opportunities left. Visit www.aasw2019conference.com.au to view sponsorship and exhibition opportunities. As the leading social work event for 2019, do not miss this opportunity to showcase your services and products to delegates from Australia and overseas.

The AASW Conference 2019 will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre, South Australia, 7-9 November 2019.


AASW Conference 2019 - Wanted: social work research student presenters


Challenging Inequality

Are you a higher degree research social work student (enrolled in a PhD or Research Masters) planning to attend the AASW Conference 2019 in Adelaide? If so, you are invited to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to present your research in a conference session titled: Challenging inequality through social work research: Presentations from higher degree research students. Hosted by the AASW National Research Committee (NRC), the session will showcase the breadth of emerging social work research in relation to the conference agenda of ‘Challenging inequality’. Enjoy the opportunity to meet with other social work research students as well as members of the NRC. Read the EOI information on the AASW website.




In the last e-Bulletin, we made a statement on World Refugee Day on 20 June. Social worker Brooke Shelton runs Therapy4Refugees, providing crisis therapy for those on Manus and Nauru. 

Find out more at Gifts 4 Manus and Nauru.


Empowering Excellence


Empowering Excellence: Social Work Online Training - Register now - gold letters on a purple background

Empowering Excellence is AASW's online CPD program. Experts in their fields provide in-depth training on the therapeutic interventions you need to help the people you work with.

Subjects include:

Do you need to familiarise yourself with complying with CPD requirements? See our website for information on how to create a CPD plan, updating your CPD record online, our CPD policy and frequently asked questions.


Participate in research


We have opportunities to participate in research on our website:

Participating counts towards CPD.


Rural Social Work Conference 2019


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Responding to Challenges, Community Engagement and Innovative Practice

Thursday 25 and Friday 26 July 2019
8.30am to 5.00pm, Horsham
Up to 17 CPD hours
Register for the Rural SW Conference 2019.

Conference program is now available


AASW CPD events


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


ACT August Private Practice Group Meeting
Thursday, 8 August

Trauma as a Social/Cultural Experience and the Role of Social Work
Thursday, 10 October
Registrations opening soon

New South Wales

NSW Student Series: Social Workers in Practice - Anticipatory Grief in Aboriginal Communities
Tuesday, 16 July

Working Therapeutically with Complex Trauma Clients (level 2) - a three-phased approach
Wednesday and Thursday, 11 & 12 September
*Can count towards AASW Mental Health Accreditation CPD requirements*

North Queensland

e-Safety: Developing digital intelligence, responsibility and resilience in young people
Tuesday, 6 August

Northern Territory

NT Mental Health Accreditation Practice Group
Thursday, 25 July

NT Social Workers in Private Practice Group
Thursday, 22 August


CBT Prolonged Exposure (PE) Therapy for Working With Trauma Memories
Thursday, 25 and Friday, 26 July 2019

Webinar - Legal Ed Seminar - Slater and Gordon - Social Work & the Law /Medical Law
Wednesday, 7 August

Working with Dissociation to Facilitate Recovery in Clients who have suffered Complex Trauma
Friday, 9 August

South Australia

Child Abuse: Understanding the Impact on Brain Development
Friday, 26 July – to be held in Mt Gambier and streamed to Whyalla

Legal Breakfast Series (Session 1 of 5):  101: Understanding legal knowledge and principles for Social Workers
Wednesday, 31 July


North West Regional Group Networking Dinner
Thursday, 11 July

Understanding Economics as a Tool to Support Social Justice Outcomes
Thursday, 18 July


Barwon Social Work Practice Group Networking Evening
Thursday, 4 July

2019 Victorian NAIDOC March
Friday 5 July

Navigating social work in Australia: insights for international social work students, new graduates and overseas trained social workers
Wednesday, 31 July
This seminar is followed by Securing Your First Social Work Role and Social Work Journeys – Transitioning From Student to Professional




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