SWOT Easter special


The Easter long weekend is a great time to access online training via SWOT. 

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Social policy and advocacy


Surrogacy evidence

Last week the AASW presented oral evidence on surrogacy arrangements to a House of Representatives Standing Committee. The evidence was based on our submission to the inquiry which supports altruistic surrogacy with proper supports and safeguards but opposes commercial surrogacy.

Refugee and asylum seeker scope of practice

We have published a refugee and asylum seeker scope of practice document after consulting extensively with social workers working in this sector. The document has a strong human rights focus and will be useful for employers, academics and practitioners.

Social workers promoting justice

Last week, policy and advocacy team members presented on "Social workers promoting justice: Influencing from within" at the Department of Human Services' national social work conference. They highlighted the many ways that social workers, applying the AASW's code of ethics, can promote justice within their job descriptions while the AASW advocates for change in areas beyond the reach of individual practitioners.

AASW in the media

  • Safe Schools program vital to addressing suicide rate The Safe Schools program provides same-sex attracted students with an environment where they can feel safe, and has the potential to save lives, AASW President, Professor Karen Healy AM, said in a media release last week.

  • Not all people who call social workers are qualified
    SA Branch President, Mary Hood, is interviewed in this ABC news segment on the important SA Government initiative to promote the registration of social workers.

  • SA pushes for national registration scheme
    A national registration system for social workers is being urged by the South Australian Government in the wake of damning coronial findings after the tragic death of Adelaide girl Chloe Valentine. This ABC News report quotes SA Branch President, Dr Mary Hood.


Horizon Career Centre


Job vacancies

NSW Mental Health Practitioners/ Intake Coordinator – Grand Pacific Health, South East NSW region; Psychologist/ Social Worker/ Counsellor - Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia, Permanent Part Time & Full Time, Sydney; Regional Support Worker - Huntington's NSW, Permanent Full Time, Sydney; Case Manager - Survivors & Mates Support Network, Permanent Full Time, Sydney; Family Consultant - Family Court and Federal Circuit Court, Permanent Part Time & Full Time, Sydney; Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in Social Work – Australian Catholic University, Permanent Full Time, Sydney

NT Branch Office Manager – Australian Association of Social Workers, Permanent Part Time, Darwin

VIC AOD Clinician – VincentCare Victoria, Locum/Contract Full Time, Melbourne; Case Mangaer – VincentCare Victoria, Permanent Full Time, Melbourne; Community Mental Health Clinician – Melbourne Health, Permanent Full Time, Melbourne; Triage Clinician – Melbourne Health, Locum/Contract Full Time, Melbourne

QLD Occupational Therapist or Psychologist or Social Worker (Mental Health Clinician) –Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service, Permanent Full Time & Part Time

For more information about these positions, visit the Horizon Career Centre


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
Visit MIAA event website

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.
Visit Foster Carers NT website

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.
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