Special $10 new graduate rate!


New graduates are the next generation of social workers and we want to encourage you to join the AASW for the long-term.

Between now and 30 June, joining will cost you just $10!

We are also reducing the cost when you renew again next financial year by setting it at $180 (down from $330).

Become a new graduate member of the AASW

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Social policy and advocacy


DVA review of allied health services

Thank you to those members who expressed interest in taking part in the Department of Veterans' Affairs allied health review - the AASW has now nominated two representatives from this process for the  ‘Mental Health’ and ‘Clinical and other’ working groups. We have also lodged a submission to the review.

Trauma counselling

The AASW has written a letter to the Minister for Veterans' Affairs requesting a meeting about the recent decision by his department to create an intervention item for trauma counselling and excluding Accredited Mental Health Social Workers. This is an important advocacy issue and we will keep you informed of its progress.

Surrogacy submission

The AASW has made a submission to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs on Surrogacy Arrangements. We have also been invited to present oral evidence to the committee. While supporting non-commercial surrogacy with proper safeguards, we are strongly opposed to commercial surrogacy and the growing phenomenon of international surrogacy that exploits women and has potentially problematic outcomes for children.

Disability social work scope of practice

We have developed a scope of practice for social work in the disability sector - it's our seventh and more will be added in the coming weeks. Each of the AASW's scopes of practice focus on a particular field of practice or skill and promote the significant role and contribution of the social work profession.


CPD opportunities


Mental Health Academy

To help members attain their mandatory CPD, the AASW has partnered with one of the country’s largest providers of mental health CPD, the Mental Health Academy (MHA). 

MHA provides 24/7 access to a wealth of quality content including 250 hours of AASW endorsed CPD – on-demand videos, more than 110 text-based courses and programs covering Focused Psychological Strategies (FPS) topics such as CBT, interpersonal therapy,psycho-education and motivational interviewing.

If you join the MHA's CPD community, for a limited time only, it is offering a special welcome gift that includes a complimentary access to 15 bonus educational resources valued at $2,636.00. This is a great opportunity to boost your CPD and support AASW in the process.

Learn more on the Mental Health Academy website


Upcoming events


Music and imagery: Inner reflections for emotional resilience and spiritual wellbeing
6th Conference of the Music and Imagery Association of Australia Inc (MIAA), 30 April - 1 May 2016, Melbourne
Papers and workshops will address the use of music and imagery in therapy practice
Call for papers

Self-compassion: The doorway to resilient practice
27- 29 May 2016, Adelaide Hills SA $2,180
This high quality experiential CPD opportunity, with foundations in evidence-based contemplative traditions, will be delivered at a relaxed pace with plenty of free time to rejuvenate, wander through the countryside, visit nearby historic towns, enjoy wonderful meals, and practice self-compassion.
More information and how to register

National Foster & Kinship Care Conference
9-11 June 2016, Darwin
The 2016 conference will focus on the challenges foster and kinship carers face when caring for Australia’s most vulnerable children.
Call for papers closes 14 March 2106.
More information events@fostercarersnt.org.au

Public issues, private trauma: Australasian Conference on Traumatic Stress (ACOTS)
8-10 September 2016, Gold Coast
This conference will reflect on the increasing public recognition of issues such as childhood sexual abuse, domestic violence, refugee and asylum seeker trauma and the moral conflicts facing military personnel on deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Call for abstracts

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