AASW wins bid to host 2021 Asia Pacific Social Work Conference


We are delighted to confirm that the AASW will host the 2021 Asia Pacific Social Work Conference. Our successful bid was announced a few weeks ago during this year's Asia Pacific conference in India. We were up against strong competition from other countries to host this event. This is a major coup for the AASW and a wonderful opportunity to showcase Australian social work on the global stage in our region.

The AASW will host the conference alongside bid partners from eight Queensland-based universities and the Australian and New Zealand Social Work and Welfare Education and Research (ANZSWWER). This partnership of higher education providers and professional bodies, with a solid history of developing and leading the social work profession in Australia, gives us a unique opportunity to deliver an innovative and thought-provoking conference that reflects the insight, originality and inspiration of the Asia Pacific region.

The conference will be held in November 2021, in Brisbane, Queensland. We look forward to seeing you there.


Free webinar - PTSD in veterans


The Department of Veterans' Affairs' webinar Treating PTSD in Veterans: When and why things go wrong and what we can do about it, will be held on Tuesday, 29 October 2019 at 7.15pm to 8.30pm AEDST.

The webinar will explore a range of clinical comorbidities and systemic issues that may impede successful treatment of veterans’ mental health concerns.

Find out more and register for the DVA webinar.


Allied health attitudes to 'Social Prescribing'


The AASW is working with Allied Health Professions Australia (AHPA) and the Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF) to understand the use of ‘social prescribing’ by our membership. Social prescribing is increasingly being talked about as an important aspect of care. More people are experiencing chronic conditions, mental ill-health, disability, and age-related frailty and ill-health, and it is clear that appropriate care involves a range of approaches, including consideration of social determinants such as access to safe and affordable housing, education, employment and community connectedness.

We would like to understand if and when you link consumers with programs and services outside of the health system in addition to the clinical care that you provide. The short survey will help us understand how these types of connections might currently be occurring, how well people understand the broader system of supports that are available, and how ‘social prescribing’ could be facilitated. While you may not use the term 'social prescribing', you may well already be helping connect their clients to their community as part of their current work.

Please complete the 5-10 minute survey by 3 November 2019. 


Start of the Allied Health Treatment Cycle


The new treatment cycle for DVA clients who are referred to an allied health professional took effect from 1 October.

Transitional arrangements are now in place that mean all new referrals will be valid for 12 sessions of allied health treatment or one year, whichever ends first. This excludes referrals made to an exercise physiologists or physiotherapist for TPI Gold Card Holders. For those clients who already hold an existing annual referral, this will be valid for a further 12 sessions of allied health treatment from yesterday or until the referral expires, whichever ends first. Similarly, existing indefinite referrals are valid for a further 12 sessions or until 30 September 2020, whichever ends first.

Read more about the start of the Allied Health Treatment Cycle


Social Work Focus


Social Work Focus: Social work research and its impacts


The current edition is on Social Work Research and Its Impacts.

Articles on research by leading social work researchers and academics, guest edited by Clare Tilbury, Christine Bigby, Mark Hughes and Mike Fisher.

Featuring AASW Conference 2019 speakers, Debbie Kilroy (pictured left, on the cover) and Natasha Stott Despoja.

Log in and read it today

Next edition: We are seeking practice articles from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Workers for the next edition. Please send them to editor@aasw.asn.au


Participate in research


We have opportunities to participate in research on our website:

Generic Supervision Assessment Tool (GSAT) -- Opportunity to contribute to the validation of a new supervision competency tool. Closes 31 October.

Work-life conflict and enrichment experiences of Australian social workers: A ten year follow up study - closing 31 January.

Participation counts towards CPD.


AASW CPD events


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


Family Violence Seminar with Christine Craik (3.00pm)
ACT Branch Annual Members Meeting (6.00pm)
Thursday, 14 November

New South Wales

Social Workers in Private Practice (NSW) meeting
Monday, 21 October; by video conference

Aged Care Practice Group meeting
Wednesday, 13 November; teleconferencing available

Environmental Social Work Practice Group
Thursday, 14 November; video conferencing available

Northern Territory

Mindfulness for Helping Professionals (Darwin)
Tuesday, 29 October

NT Branch Annual Members Meeting
Wednesday, 30 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 Branch Annual Members Meeting (6.00pm)
SA Branch Annual Members Dinner (7.00pm)
Thursday, 17 October

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


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


Victorian Branch Annual Members' Meeting
Tuesday, 22 October

Victorian Social Workers in Private Practice: Geelong Network Meeting
Sunday, 27 October

Exploring Mindfulness for Clinical Use: an advanced program exploring evidence-based mindfulness programs **FPS Relevant Activity**
Thursday, 14 November
 Limited registrations

Western Australia

Developing digital intelligence, responsibility and resilience in young people for Social Workers
Thursday, 17 October

AASW (WA) Annual Members Meeting 2019 with guest speaker Glenda Kickett
Thursday, 24 October

Webinar - AASW (WA) Annual Members Meeting 2019 with guest speaker Glenda Kickett
Thursday, 24 October 2019

Workshop for field educators/supervisors
Monday, 4 November




Graduate Certificate in Leadership in Human Services


Melbourne University Advanced Social Work program



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