National Symposium 2017


Registrations close 1 November. Don't miss this key social work professional development opportunity for 2017. Register nowRegister 

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


Social policy & advocacy



The AASW's CEO, Cindy Smith, met with Federal Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health, Ken Wyatt AM, MP. A range of issues were discussed including: aged care, elder abuse and the important role that social workers play in this field, and the importance of the inclusion of age care residents in the Better Access scheme. 

Submissions in progress

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


Update regarding the telehealth MBS items


The Department of Health have confirmed that the new telehealth items will be available through MBS Online website from 1 November. Medicare have expanded the eligibility, to include video consultation for focused psychological services in rural and remote areas. The new telehealth MBS items will be available to people residing in Modified Monash Model (MMM) regions four to seven, which include regional, remote and very remote locations. Medicare rebates will continue to be available for up to ten individual allied mental health services in a calendar year. From 1 November up to seven of these services may be provided via video conference, to clients residing in the above mentioned regions.




The Law and You Forum- Perspectives on voluntary assisted dying
26 October, 6:00pm-7:30pm, Deakin Edge Melbourne, CPD hours: 1.5. Free to attend
Victorian Law Foundation is running its inaugural forum, which wil explore what the proposed legislation could mean through a panel discussion of experts covering legal and health perspectives. The recommendations made in the Final Report will also be discussed and how this will affect people receiving or working in palliative care.  

Assist to map service responses for young people with sexually abusive behaviours
The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) would like to map the current service responses for adolescents (10-17 years old) with sexually abusive behaviours. The aim is to develop a detailed understanding of effective interventions and the contextual factors affecting implementation. AIFS is looking for program managers, service practitioners/clinicians to complete an online survey about how young people's needs are being met through various therapeutic practices. 


Endorsed CPD


Supervision of staff for social workers
24 & 25 November; 8 & 9 December 2017, Sydney. $900.00 (AASW member); $1010.00 (non-member). CPD hours: 30
Improve your skills, knowledge and confidence in the supervision of staff with this four-day course presented by social workers and educators, Pam Cohen and Marie Heydon.

Trauma education workshops with Dr Leah Giarratano
Treating PTSD
CPD hours: 14
2-3 Nov Brisbane, 9-10 Nov Sydney, 23-24 Nov Melbourne.

Treating complex trauma
CPD hours: 14
19-20 Oct Perth, 26-27 Oct Adelaide, 16-17 Nov Sydney, 30 Nov-1 Dec Melbourne



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