Social policy and advocacy


Veterans' Affairs allied health review

The AASW has lodged a submission to the first stage of the Department of Veterans' Affairs'  allied health services review.

We are now seeking expressions of interest (EOI) from social workers who can contribute to the review as part of the 'other clinical services' group.

As well as general social workers (ie. not mental health-specific which has been dealt with separately), the group will include dieticians, diabetes educators and speech pathologists. It will meet in Canberra two to three times during 2016 and involve a total of 20 hours. If you're selected, DVA will pay sitting fees and travel costs.

Please address the criteria below in your EOI and send it to by close of business on Monday 15 February 2016.

DVA criteria

1) A member of AASW; 2) an experienced practitioner; 3) senior in knowledge of the social work professional role with DVA; 4) a good understanding of department processes.

AASW cited in Senate's PES report

The AASW agrees with the recommendation of Labor and Greens' senators in the recent Senate report that the government should not pass the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Budget Repair) Bill 2015 which would affect the Pensioner Education Supplement (PES). The AASW has written to the cross-bench senators with a copy of our submission. Read the Senate's report. It references the AASW's Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee submission. We also issued a media release on why the Senate should reject removal of the PES.

Physical health of people with mental illness consultation

The National Mental Health Commission has issued a draft ‘Consensus statement on the physical health of people living with mental illness’.  Contribute to the consultation by completing the response survey

High Court ruling on offshore detention

Choosing to re-traumatise children by returning them to Nauru will be sanctioning the child abuse that is being condemned during the current Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, AASW President Professor Karen Healy said in a media release this week. She was responding to the High Court decision which may see young asylum seekers and their families returned to Nauru which is known to have abusive practices.


Research opportunities


Early career social workers: Experiences and expectations

Curtin University is inviting managers and supervisors of early career social workers in the health sector to complete a 15 minute online questionnaire for a project that is exploring the experiences of social workers in their first year of practice and the views of those who supervise them.

When you've completed the survey, you can choose to participate in a follow-up interview. Find out more about this and other research participation opportunities on the AASW website.


AASW-endorsed CPD opportunity


Clinical Hypnosis and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy training

This training, presented by Dr Alan Fahey (Master of Psychiatry, Master of Psychological Medicine, Fellow of the Australian Society of Psychological Medicine, Bachelors of Medicine and Surgery et al) is available in various locations throughout the country. CPD-endorsed by the RACGP, GPMHSC, ACMHN and several other colleges of nursing, and the AASW, it can support attendees with the Focused Psychological Strategy component of their professional development. Register today


Upcoming events


Churchill Fellowship information sessions
February and March 2016, in each state and territory
Discuss your project ideas and gain helpful advice on how to apply for a Churchill Fellowship at an information session near you. Attendance is free but bookings essential.
Churchill Fellowship National Roadshow information

Free one-day domestic violence and sexual assault professional development forums
March and April 2016, rural and regional NSW
These forums presented by Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia and Country Women's Association will increase awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault in rural NSW and help participants respond to traumatised people with evidence-based approaches that will facilitate their recovery.
Location details and information on how to register

Creating synergy 2016 conference - Methamphetamine: Integrated care throughout the client journey 
22 - 23 March 2016, Wollongong
The conference will highlight the extent of the innovative work in treatment, early intervention and health promotion that is currently being carried out by the health, welfare and education sectors around methamphetamine use.
Registration and call for abstracts now open

From research to results: Using evidence to improve outcomes for families
6 - 8 July 2016, Australian Institute of Family Studies conference, Melbourne Convention Centre
Abstract submissions are being sought for this conference by 15 February.
Visit the AIFS website

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