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.


AASW elections 2019


Nominations have opened for the 2019 elections.  There are 3 Director positions on the AASW Board; 1 Vice President position and 5 member positions on each Branch Management Committee.  Nomination forms must be proposed and seconded by financial members, and accompanied by a candidate statement.  We encourage you to view the three short videos on our webpage. Nomination forms and candidate statements must be emailed to elections@aasw.asn.au by no later than Friday 16 August at 12.00noon AEST.


Webinars on social work registration


The AASW is working closely with the South Australian government on the development of the legislation, which we hope to have formalised by the end of the year. In the meantime, our advocacy work continues for an Australia-wide model of statutory regulation.

We would like to discuss our progress with all members.

I would like to invite you to join me and AASW Board Director Anita Phillips to two webinars on this subject.

  1. The first webinar will be held Thursday, 29 August at 6.00pm AEST. Register for the first webinar.
  2. The second webinar will be held Wednesday, 23 October at 6.00pm AEDT. Register for the second webinar.

Code of Ethics review


Code of Ethics 2010

We have started the process of revising the Code of Ethics and engaged a consultant to lead the process. This is a great opportunity to be involved, as there will be consultation with members, including a survey, focus groups and webinars. There will be a draft which members will be asked to review, so look for further information about how you can be involved in upcoming e-Bulletins.


Develop your CPD plan with Empowering Excellence


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

Empowering Excellence is AASW's online CPD program. We have something to offer every social worker.

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.


Social Work Focus


Social Work Focus: Family Support & Family ViolenceThe latest edition of Social Work Focus is on our website. This edition's theme is Family Support and Family Violence.

Log in and read it today.

We are now seeking articles for the Spring edition of Social Work Focus, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander practice. Contributions must be received by 3 September to editor@aasw.asn.au


Participate in research


We have opportunities to participate in research on our website:

Participating counts towards CPD.


Apply for AASW research grants


AASW Practitioner Research Grant 2019-2020 applications now open.

The AASW National Research Committee is now calling for applications for the AASW Practitioner Research Grant 2019-2020. This is a great opportunity for social work practitioners to engage in research, and contribute new knowledge to their area or practice context with financial support from the AASW. This year the AASW is offering two grants. Find out more about AASW Practitioner Research Grants at our website.


Contemporary Allied Health Approaches and the NDIS


The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) have engaged with the Boosting the Local Care Workforce (BLCW) program to present this “must attend” workshop

This half day event will allow service providers the opportunity to hear an update from NDIA Provider and Market Engagement representatives on the price guide and current provider hot topics. In addition, the NDIA is pleased to invite guest presenters from the boosting the Local Care Workforce (BLCW) program to share contemporary approaches within the Allied Health sector, the use of Allied Health Assistants and other innovations available under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Dates and Locations for available sessions:

To attend and for more information, register at the links above.


Free Veteran & Military Mental Health event - Sydney


Phoenix Australian and Centenary of ANZAC Centre

Wednesday, 11 September 1.00pm-5.00pm
Royal Automobile Club of Australia, Sydney

This event will bring together practitioners with a special interest in the field of veteran and military mental health to hear about advances in brain stimulation therapy and other new and adjunctive treatment approaches in the field. There will be an opportunity for attendees to discuss their areas of interest with peers, establish new networks, and consider how the Anzac Centre can meet their needs.

Find out more and register by 28 August to guarantee your place.


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

Canberra as a Restorative Community: What does it mean?
Tuesday, 13 August 2019

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

New South Wales

NSW Student Series: WEBINAR - Diversity of social work practice - so many open doors!
Thursday, 5 September 2019

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

Legal Seminar for Social Workers: Documentation, Report Writing and Attending Court + Social Work and the Law
Tuesday, 10 September

Northern Territory

Making the most of Supervision CPD (Darwin)
Thursday, 8 August

NT Social Workers in Private Practice Group
Thursday, 22 August


Webinar - Legal Ed Seminar - Slater and Gordon - Social Work & the Law /Medical Law
Thursday, 8 August

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

Exploring Attachment in Couple Work
Thursday, 29 August

South Australia

Ethical Social Work practice with Transgender and Gender Diverse People
Monday, 26 August

It’s all about the Context: Autism and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Wednesday, 4 September


North West Peer Support and Reflective Practice Networking Group - Aug meeting
Thursday, 8 August


Legal Education Seminar for Social Workers: Superannuation Insurance Entitlements
Wednesday, 28 August

Student and New Graduate Seminar: Securing your first social work role
Wednesday, 28 August

Western Australia

Marriages, Partnerships and How to Survive them: Working with Couples
Friday, 16 August

Networking event - Generative Fathering Book Launch
Tuesday, 3 September

Unconscious collusion with perpetrators in domestic and family violence work
Wednesday, 2 October




Charles Sturt University: Graduate Certificate in Gerontology Learn More



An Introduction to Radically Open DBT

This workshop aims to introduce participants to Radically Open-Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO DBT), which is an evidence-based treatment for disorders of overcontrol.

RO DBT has been proven effective for patients with chronic depression and anorexia nervosa.

Where: University of Technology Sydney
When: October 9, 2019 (9-5pm)
Cost: $300 +GST ($200 Student)

Rebecca Ciatto, LCSW, DBT-LBC™
DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician™
Radically Open DBT Practitioner
Accredited Mental Health Social Worker
​​​​​​​Phone: 0434221654



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