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Social Work in Cambodia


By Samantha Miller, NSW BMC member

While holidaying in Siem Reap, Cambodia, I had the amazing privilege of spending some brief time at the Angkor Children’s Hospital.  Through my connections with my allied health colleagues in Australia, I collected donations of valued resources. This was mainly physiotherapy equipment.

While visiting the hospital I met with staff from the Social Work Department. The team reported that social work remains unrecognised as a profession in Cambodia and that advocacy work is currently in process to make changes to this limitation. Together we reviewed reports and strategies used to lobby government. We discussed strategies used in Australia to promote social work and how some of these strategies may be transferable across cultures.

Read more about Samantha's experience



Computerised speech analysis successfully predicts psychosis in at-risk patients


Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, and researchers in the US and Argentina, have found that a computer-based program that analyses speech has successfully predicted, with 83% accuracy, which young people at risk of psychosis would go on to develop the disorder within two years.


Defending the self in reflective practice


A new Australian study into the use of reflective practice by social workers found that practitioners do frequently critique their actions but not doing so may be a case of self-preservation.

When reflection is limited or non-existent, the study found it's often because practitioners are defending themselves against the sensory and emotional impact of the work and the high anxiety they are experiencing.


AIHW report: Family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia, 2018


The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has released its first comprehensive report on family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia.

The report, Family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia, 2018, covers family violence (physical violence, sexual violence and emotional abuse between family members, as well as current or former partners), domestic violence (a subcategory of family violence, involving current or former partners), and sexual violence (a range of nonconsensual sexual behaviours, perpetrated by partners, former partners, acquaintances or strangers).

Read the full AIHW report


Take one small step to make one big difference


Despite the significant reduction in smoking rates across NSW, tobacco remains the largest cause of preventable disease and death in NSW.

In particular, research has shown that people with mental health issues, with other drug and alcohol dependencies and Australians at social and economic disadvantage have higher rates of smoking.

As social workers, we are in a unique position to make a real difference and further support these Australians at highest risk by simply referring to NSW Quitline.

Read more about how to support clients to quit smoking




Two month waiting period waiver for PHI upgrades for mental health treatment

From 1 April 2018, changes to private health insurance will provide a once-off waiver of the two month waiting period for people who want to upgrade their cover for mental health treatment.  This is significant for access to mental health services, as the waiver of the waiting period is not available for any other health condition.

Free training at STARTTS

STARTTS’ Clinical Master Class Evenings are FREE and held five times per year and aim to provide an opportunity for clinicians working with refugees to extend their understanding of refugee trauma by inviting expert speakers to present on interesting and practical topics. These presentations are followed by a case study presentation by an experienced STARTTS staff member and a panel. There is also the option to watch by live webinar. Information about upcoming Clinical Master Classes

Being Well podcast series

Listen to The Black Dog Institute's Being Well podcasts to increase your knowledge and explore perspectives on a range of mental health topics. Each podcast tackles an important mental health topic and provides insight and expert knowledge from and for health professionals.

Topics include: Diversity Online - Psychological Support for LGBTIQ People, Non-Pharmacological Management of Chronic Pain and a range of 'Talking with Experts' discussions.

Working it out tool for mature job seekers

The Working it out tool support older job seekers and employment services staff working with them. Job seekers answer a series of questions to identify their situation, needs, desires and transferable skills. Once they're done they receive a personalised action plan for finding work.

Webinar: Tips and strategies to enhance communication between medical and mental health professionals

Register now to hear an interdisciplinary panel identify, unpack and provide solutions for potential obstacles in communication between practitioners.

SIRA: Free training opportunity

The State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA) is pleased to announce an updated training module for allied health practitioners, including rehabilitation providers, who work or would like to work within the NSW Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance scheme. The training is free and provides the opportunity to be included on our SIRA training list which is provided to insurers.

Visit the PIEF page to register











Two Day Training in Imago Relationship Therapy

AASW CPD hours 14

Offering systematic, structured support to transform painful relationship dynamics, creating safety and connection.

Sydney: 12/13 April – Early Bird to 15 March

Presented by Brenda Rawlings BSW(Hons) who has been working with relationships for 20 years.


Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Workshop

Saturday 24 March 2018, 9am – 5pm
Bowral Rd Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre
77 Bowral Rd, MITTAGONG, NSW

CPD: 8 FSP CPD Points for AASW members
Fee:  $250, discounted to $210 for AASW members
Registration:  Visit; flyer

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