Social policy and advocacy


Federal election

In the run up to the Federal election this year, the AASW will lobby the government on refugees and asylum seekers, family violence and violence against women, and on income support, in particular the low levels of Newstart, Youth and Student Allowances. Our work on the latter is being greatly helped by the original data we collected during the National Study of Social Work Students last year.

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’ and you're invited to contribute to the consultation by completing the response survey before this Friday 26 February 2016.

Family Court and its capacity to deal with family violence

The Human Rights Commission has cited the AASW in its latest news about its national investigation into the impact of family violence on children. A key issue is the capacity of the Family Court to deal with family violence. The AASW contributed by making a submission and contributing to a forum run by the Children's Commissioner which was attended by Vice-President Christine Craik.

NDIS: Have a say on ILC Commissioning Framework

The National Disability Insurance Agency invites you to participate in consultations on key elements of the ILC Commissioning Framework. Visit the NDIS website for more information on how to provide feedback, including the consultation schedule.

Mental health reform and Primary Health Networks

The AASW is a member of the the Mental Health Reform Stakeholder Group that is advising the Australian Government on the implementation of reform outlined in its response to the Mental Health Commission’s Review of Mental Health Programs and Services. A key component of reform is the significant role of the Primary Health Networks (PHNs) and the group will be helping the Department of Health write guidelines about the role of PHNs in providing mental health services.

Get involved - if you have experience with PHNs or have some ideas, please email these and your contact details to the AASW social policy and advocacy team


Research opportunities


Veterans' Affairs: Mental health workforce survey

If you are a mental health social worker working with veterans, you are invited to participate in the Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ online survey. You will be asked about your experience in assessing and treating veterans with mental health disorders.

The survey will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete, and to acknowledge your contribution, DVA provides some links to new resources when you're finished. Survey closes on 10 March 2016.

Find out more about this and other research participation opportunities on the AASW website.


Social Work Online Training


SWOT can help you meet your CPD requirements for the 2015-2016 financial year. Delivered by experienced practitioners, the training is designed to fit into the busiest of schedules - you can pause and come back to it at any time. Reasonable prices for members and non-members. Check out the growing content by visiting the SWOT web page

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Upcoming events


Victorian Branch: Rural Remote Social Work Action Practice Group workshop
7 March 2016, Oscars Hotel, 18 Doveton Street, Ballarat, Victoria. Free
Learn from Rhys Chamberlain of Maurice Blackburn Lawyers' about features of default life and disability insurance provided by super funds, and Martin Butler of National Farmers Health Centre about the Ripple Effect - Helping Farmers Beat Suicide.
RSVP by 4 March via phone or email to Sue Wylie on 0406 559 105 or Martin Butler on 0418 572 967

Introduction to Women's Health
Friday 4 March 2016,10.30am-2.30pm, AASW Melbourne office
An introductory workshop to women's health and social work practice by the Victorian Branch Women's Health Practice Group.
More information and how to register

Comprehensive' DBT Clinician Training with Professor Alan Fruzzetti
Commencing 19 June 2016, St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne
Early Bird discount until 15 March 2016: $2,500 for 12 days plus consultation.
Intensive DBT clinician training in four parts (three days each) over 12 months plus practice for teams & individuals between training. Provided by National Education Alliance of Borderline Personality Disorder Australia. More information and bookings

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