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 now closed for Board and Branch Management Committee positions for 2019.

The Returning Officer is currently reviewing nominations received and will declare the outcomes on Thursday, 22 August 2019.

A special Elections Bulletin will be released at that time.


Webinars on social work registration


The Registration webinars scheduled for August and October will be hosted by Anita Phillips, Christine Craik and Cindy Smith.

The webinars will:

  • Provide a brief presentation covering the background and where we are at now in the Registration process and our final presentation to the Joint Committee on the Social Workers Registration Bill 2018 in South Australia on 18 September
  • Provide an opportunity for members to ask questions and receive live feedback from the hosts
  • Enable member consultation about future possibilities.

Participation in the webinars will provide 1 point of CPD in Category 3, Professional Identity.

  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

The time has come for the AASW to review the AASW Code of Ethics. This is a great opportunity for you to get involved and continue to shape your profession. The Code of Ethics of the AASW expresses the values and responsibilities which are integral to, and characterise, the social work profession. It is intended to assist all social workers, collectively and individually, to act in ethically accountable ways in the pursuit of the profession’s aims.

Under the Constitution, the AASW must maintain a Code of Ethics which contains a set of principles agree to by all members. Upon becoming members and upon annual renewal of their membership, members of the AASW make a commitment to, and are required to abide by this Code. AASW members, both practitioners and students, are called upon to account for their practice in the event of complaint or investigation regarding unethical conduct.

A thorough review of the AASW Code of Ethics 2010 has been completed to assess it against the contemporary environment taking into consideration changes to practice, in areas such as technology, social workers in private practice and changes in the broader landscape of fitness to practise, readiness for practice and sanctions.  The review determined that social workers have been in good hands with the existing Code of Ethics 2010 however it does need to be modernised in keeping with international practice to ensure it continues to provide the ethical framework for us as individual social workers and as a collective.

A consultant, Dr Craig McInnis from Phillips KPA has been confirmed to lead the development of the new AASW Code of Ethics. We are finalising our expert panel of social workers who will work with Dr McInnis to develop the first draft of the revised Code.  The consultation will be in four parts: focus groups to discuss in detail specific aspects of the Code; a broader discussion held via two Webinars (more if member interests determines); and a whole-of-member survey to ask for your feedback on general issues and specific areas for consideration; and online noticeboard. The feedback from members will go to the Expert Panel who will prepare a draft version for consideration by the Board. 

Member consultation will be facilitated via focus groups proposed for 9, 11 & 12 September under 3 broad categories:

Contemporary Social Work Practice

  • Private Practice
  • Role of Technology
  • Business Etiquette

Responsibilities of Practice

  • Fitness to practise
  • Readiness to practise
  • Sanctions

First Nations

  • Culturally appropriate responses and issues

Further information about being part of the focus groups will be provided via future 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.


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.


AASW CPD events


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


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

New South Wales

LGBTIQ+ & Ally Practice Group meeting
Thursday, 29 August

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

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

NT Social Workers in Private Practice Group
Thursday, 22 August


Webinar - Online Training Module 1 - Intro to people with Intellectual Disability
Tuesday, 3 September

Webinar - Online Training Module 2 - Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence
Tuesday, 10 September

Webinar - Online Training Module 3 - Supporting Recovery from Trauma
Tuesday, 17 September

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


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

Trauma-Informed Care and Practice (Level 2)
Wednesday, 4 September

Western Australia

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 Doctor of Social Work

University of Melbourne: Advanced Social Work program 100% online

Master of Narrative Therapy and Community Work

Neuroscience & Trauma Informed Counselling


An Introduction to Radically Open DBT

Presented by: Dr. Sophie Rushbrook

Co-hosted By: BodyMatters and Rebecca Ciatto, DBT-LBCTM

7 CPD hours 

This workshop aims to introduce participants to Radically Open-Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO DBT), which is an evidence-based treatment for disorders of overcontrol (Lynch, 2018). After 20+ years of research, 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)



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