New appointments


The AASW would like to welcome two new staff members to the national office.

Cindy Smith has been appointed to the new role of Deputy CEO/Senior Manager Policy and Communications. The role will be responsible for social policy development and advocacy, communication and marketing and will also take on other organisational responsibilities in the near future. Some members may already know Cindy as she was a Board Director until recently when she resigned to take up this new role. A very experienced senior manager, she will bring a wealth of operational knowledge to the AASW. Cindy will be based in Melbourne.

To backfill Kym Daly who is currently on secondment to the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, Bruce Hart has been appointed to the position of Senior Manager Professional Standards. Like Cindy, Bruce is an experienced manager who has worked at senior levels in agencies and spent many years as a private practitioner. He has an extensive clinical background which will greatly contribute to our work in professional standards development and credentialing. Bruce will also be based in Melbourne.


Registration campaign news


The AASW has updated the Call for Registration paper to provide senior government representatives with additional rationale as they prepare the documentation for the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council.

So we can use a different set of arguments to articulate the benefits of social work registration to government and the community, we have also commissioned a paper from Deloitte Access Economics. It argues the economic benefits of registration.

Your can view the latest registration campaign actions on the AASW website.




Take some time out to make a submission to the ASWEAS review discussion paper between now and 22 July 2016. The review aims to ensure our standards for entry level social work are clearly articulated, contemporary, evidence-based and benchmarked so graduates can be adequately prepared to enter the profession.

To find out more, including the timeline and other opportunities to have a say, visit the ASWEAS review web page


Ethics and practice guidelines


The AASW's ethics and practice guidelines are a great first point of reference for social workers who are considering contacting the consultation service. They cover the issues that commonly arise during consultations.

The following guidelines contain important updates:

For more information, please phone or email the AASW Ethics and Practice Standards Consultation Service on 03 9320 1044.


Changes to DVA registration requirements


The Department of Veterans' Affairs has advised the AASW of changes to its registration requirements for general social workers who are seeking to provide services to DVA clients. Read the DVA communiqué


Social work research


Research opportunities

Five research projects have recently been approved for members by the National Research Committee:

  • Clinical utility of a diagnosis of demoralisation
  • Experiences and expectations of early career Australian social workers
  • Working for the welfare: Exploring the experiences of Indigenous child protection workers
  • An exploration of social workers’ professional identifies within health settings in Queensland
  • Domestic violence screening in hospital emergency departments: Extent, models and impacts.

Taking part in research that contributes to professional social work's skill and knowledge base can be recorded as CPD hours for Category 3 – Professional Identity.

Find out more about AASW endorsed research participation opportunities

Promote your research to social workers

If you would like your research reviewed by the AASW's National Research Committe so it can be promoted to our members, take a look at our research approval process and the documentation we require. We publish approved research projects in this fortnightly e-Bulletin and on our website.


70th anniversary


Celebrate 70 years of the AASW at your local branch

AASW WA 70th anniversary regional funding
Three grants of $300 are available to organisers of regional WA events that celebrate the AASW's 70th anniversary.

AASW WA Film festival: Courageous Heart 9 August 2016, Backlot Cinema, West Perth. From August to November, the AASW WA will screen three movies that tell powerful stories about social workers in practice.

North QLD 70th anniversary dinner celebration 27 August 2016


Have your say on e-mental health resources


e-mental health tools (e-MH) are increasingly part of health care services and health professionals can guide their clients to a rich array of tools, including online information, support and intervention programs.

Clinical researchers at The Australian National University would again like to invite social workers as well as other service providers to participate in the 2016 survey on their views and experiences of using e-MH in their work. This survey takes about 15-20 mins to complete online and will help to inform policy makers, eMHPrac training and be compiled for scientific publications.

Read more and participate, The survey closes on 30 August 2016. eMHPrac is funded by the Australian Government


Job vacancies


NEW SOUTH WALES Clinical Manager - South Eastern Sydney Local Health District Mental Health Services, Permanent Full Time, Sydney;
Student Counsellor - CQ University Australia, Locum/Contract Full Time, Sydney

QUEENSLAND Social Worker – Greenslopes Private Hospital, Permanent Part Time, Brisbane; Accredited Mental Health Social Workers – Headspace Caboolture, Locum/Contract Part Time, Brisbane

VICTORIA Coordinator, Western Regional Team – Foundation House, Permanent Full Time, Melbourne; Case Manager – VincentCare Victoria, Locum/Contract Full Time, Melbourne; Senior Clinical Social Worker – Monash Health, Locum/Contract Full Time, Melbourne Social Worker, Angliss Hospital – Eastern Health, Locum/Contract Part Time, Melbourne; Senior Community Clinician – Melbourne health, Permanent Full Time, Melbourne; Project Lead, Port Phillip Prison Transition – Forensicare, Permanent Full Time, Melbourne

INTERNATIONAL Social Worker, Expression of Interest - Waitemata District Health Board, Permanent Full Time, New Zealand

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












For more information, please visit DVA's website

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