National Symposium 2017


Program now available!

  • 74 presentations
  • 98 presenters

The National Symposium program offers a thought-provoking range of advocacy topics to reflect this year's theme, Advocacy and social work: creating individual and social change.


There are only 85 places left and three weeks to go until registrations close. So if you're planning to attend, register for the National Symposium now!

When: 30 November - 2 December 2017
Where: Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart


Reconciliation Action Plan 2017–19


Join the working group

We are seeking expressions of interest from members by 31 October to join the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Working Group, the sub-committee responsible for actively monitoring and evaluating the implementation of the RAP.

Find out more on our Reconciliation Action Plan page.


Social policy & advocacy


World Mental Health Day: everybody has a right to thrive

In a media release issued last Friday, the AASW's CEO, Cindy Smith, said World Mental Health Day is an important date to renew our society’s commitment to reducing stigma and encouraging people to seek support.

“We need understanding communities, greater resourcing and a system of services that is organised around peoples’ needs,” Ms Smith said.

Submissions in progress

AASW advocacy includes responding and presenting evidence to government inquiries and royal commissions. View our submissions in progress




Mental Health Professionals Network: webinar
17 October 2017, 7.15–8.30pm AEDT. Free
Mental Health Professionals Network is hosting a webinar, ‘Improving your practice with Better Access’ new Telehealth options’. An interdisciplinary panel that includes an AASW member will explore telehealth for rural and remote patients by discussing a case study.




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