AASW Conference 2019


Challenging Inequality







Why delegates are registering

Jonathan has registered to attend the AASW Conference 2019. “The key to success in one's field is to never stop learning. This is especially true for a field as dynamic as social work," he says. 

"I believe attending the AASW Conference 2019 is a great way to stay up to date on field research and expand one’s knowledge in the social work arena.

"This conference provides students, practising social workers, teachers and researchers a tremendous amount of value in staying current in the field and participating directly in the advancement of social work.”

Register now  to secure your place in Adelaide.


AASW Conference 2019: Call for volunteers


The AASW is seeking people interested in volunteering at the AASW Conference 2019, to be held in Adelaide, 7--9 November at the Adelaide Convention Centre. 

We are seeking a half day commitment from each of our volunteers and there are a variety of roles available. Volunteers will receive a Certificate of Appreciation and for the time volunteered they will receive the equivalent in complimentary conference attendance, i.e. for each half day of volunteering you will receive a complimentary half day conference attendance on the same day.

Volunteer Coordinator, Kristen Keley: Tel. 08 8338 0945 or Email kristen.keley@aasw.asn.au

Information on the application process is available here.


Board Director Elections


Voting in the 2019 Board Director elections will close on Thursday, 3 October at 8.00pm AEST.

The Returning Officer will send out a reminder email to all eligible members who have not already cast their vote. Members are reminded to keep an eye out for emails from OpaVote (not the AASW) which contains their unique link. Please also remember to check your junk or spam email folders, in case your email provider redirects the link to one of these folders.

You are also welcome to contact the AASW via elections@aasw.asn.au and we can follow up with the Returning Officer on your behalf.


Update to Statement of Member Conduct


The Statement of Member Conduct has been updated to ensure consistency with our vision and purpose. Changes include:

  1. Making it clear that the Statement does not apply to AASW employees.  AASW employees are required to abide by the Employee Code of Conduct, which is a condition of their employment. To the extent that an individual is an employee and a Member, then the Employee Code of Conduct will apply for conduct relating to their employment. 
  2. Making it clear that Members have obligations to employees of AASW as well. The Association has experienced incidences bordering on abusive behaviour/language from Members, particularly against the Membership team. 

The revised Statement of Member Conduct may be viewed on the website. 


Participate in research


We have opportunities to participate in research on our website:

  • An investigation into workplace violence and psychosocial hazards for health workers who visit people in their homes - closing September
  • Generic Supervision Assessment Tool (GSAT) -- Opportunity to contribute to the validation of a new supervision competency tool - closing 31 October

Participation counts towards CPD.


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

New South Wales

NSW Student Series: Finding your first job and thriving in it
Thursday, 3 October

Modern Slavery: The social justice crisis of our time
Thursday, 15 October


Focused Psychological Strategies for Social Workers (Oct)
Thursday, 17 & Friday, 18 October

The Forgotten Known - Attachment Theory in Practice - In person/webinar
Thursday, 31 October

The Effects of Caring in Social Work Practice: The Importance of Addressing the Strains that Inevitably Accompany this Work for Social Worker's Health and in Maintaining High Level Practice
Thursday, 7 November

CBT Prolonged Exposure (PE) Therapy for Working With Trauma Memories
Thursday-Friday, 28-29 November

South Australia

SA Aboriginal Bi-Cultural Awareness, Safety and Inclusion
Wednesday, 2 October

SA Supervision: A Reflective and Developmental Approach with Margaret Morrell
Tuesday-Thursday, 3-5 December


Insiders, Outsiders or In-Betweeners? A conversation about international students and skilled migrants in social work
Thursday, 31 October


Health Strike 4 Climate in support of the School Strike 4 Climate (Join the Victorian Branch Contingent)
Friday, 20 September

How To Get The Best From Your Supervision with Sally Watson
Wednesday, 16 October

Exploring Mindfulness for Clinical Use: an advanced program exploring evidence-based mindfulness programs with John Julian
Thursday, 14 November

Western Australia

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





UK jobs for Australian social workers


Melbourne Uni Social Work in Practice seminar series

CSU Grad. Cert. in Case management and Coordinated Care


Melbourne University Advanced Social Work program


Play Therapy Australia training and workshops


The Shark Cage®: A practical framework for addressing vulnerability and re-victimisation in girls and women 

Monday, 11 November, Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre, Preston

Due to overwhelming demand Ursula is delivering another Shark Cage® Training in 2019. AASW endorsed CPD -- view brochure.

New Training

The much anticipated Facilitator training for The Shark Cage for Young Women: A human rights approach to gender violence and healthy relationships, will run the following day.

Please contact admin@ursulabenstead.com.au to find out about prerequisites and accreditation processes for becoming an accredited facilitator in The Shark Cage Program for Young Women.


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