Nominations: AASW Elections 2016


Nominations are being called until 12 noon AEST Friday 12 August 2016 for three vacancies on the National Board and a minimum of five vacancies on the Branch Management Committees. To nominate or vote you must be a financial member of the AASW by 31 August 2016. Find out more on the AASW Elections page.


Renew your membership by 31 August


Renew your AASW membership by 31 August and retain your continuity, insurance cover and benefits and be able to vote in the 2016 Board and Branch elections. Flexible payment options are available and membership fees are tax deductible. Find out more about AASW member benefits and services and renew online now. Thinking of joining for the first time? Call us for assistance on 1800 630 124.


Social Work Focus


Contribute to the spring issue

The deadline for the spring issue of Social Work Focus is looming. We are after interesting and informative stories about social work practice and family violence by 5 August 2016. Your article can be about a professional journey or career achievement, a research undertaking or discovery, a practice innovation or a client story. As long as it meets the AASW's publications contributions guidelines, we will consider it. If you have any questions about contributing an article, please email the Bulletin Editor




We received over 80 submissions to the ASWEAS Review discussion paper! Thank you to everyone who provided feedback. Members can read each submission on the ASWEAS page. We are now reviewing the content and will use the feedback to inform the review that will help us draft the next version of the education standards. If you have any questions about the process, please email AASW Education


Social work research


Two new research opportunities

Spending time participating in research can be recorded as CPD for Category 3: Professional Identity.

Mental health in Mental Health: The impact of a clinician’s mental illness in service delivery and its implications for managing a mental health service

Social workers in the mental health sector who have a mental health diagnosis are invited to take part in a research project that aims to better understand the prevalence and impact of having a mental illness and working as a clinician in mental health. Participants are required to complete a five to seven minute online, anonymous survey. The survey closes 31 August 2016.

Social work: Tell us why you stay

Murdoch University is seeking qualified social workers who are eligible for AASW membership, to take part in a 20 minute online survey into the factors contributing to social workers’ decision to stay with or leave their employer. The aim of the research is to inform ways to promote staff retention of social workers. The survey closes 30 September 2016 and participants will have the opportunity to enter a prize draw to win one of two $25 gift vouchers.

These following research projects are also seeking participants:

  • Working for the welfare: Exploring the experiences of Indigenous child protection workers
  • An exploration of social workers’ professional identities within health settings in Queensland
  • Domestic violence screening in hospital emergency departments: Extent, models and impacts

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 Committee 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

Where have we been and where are we going? 7 September 2016, National Arboretum, Canberra. Guest speakers, including AASW CEO Glenys Wilkinson, will talk about the early years of social work in the ACT, where we are now and you can help workshop where we're going. Includes morning tea.

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, Townsville. Join keynote speaker Bob Hinds and witness the launch of the North Queensland publication, 70 years of social workers.


Upcoming events


Parenting Young Children
Parenting Research Centre $990
11-12  August 2016, Melbourne
For practitioners who work with parents who have a learning difficulty. Helps parents improve parent-child interactions and improve child care skills. Includes four hours of post-training telephone support.

World First Nations Traditional Knowledge Conference
Malu Mai Consultancy, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre $660
23-26 August 2016
Explore the multifaceted social, emotional, spiritual, environmental and political issues impacting the lives of First Nations Peoples in today's evolving society.

Possums Education National Tour 2016
Breastfeeding Conferences
7 September – 22 October 2016, Canberra, Melbourne, Hobart, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth
$195 Early-Bird for one day workshop; $380 Early-Bird for two day workshop. A new cross disciplinary approach to the complex problems of infant feeds, sleep, unsettled behaviour and parent mental health.

Public issues, private trauma: Australasian Conference on Traumatic Stress (ACOTS)
8-10 September 2016, Gold Coast
A world class forum for the sharing of knowledge about traumatic stress that will reflect on the increasing public recognition of childhood sexual abuse, domestic violence, refugee and asylum seeker trauma issues and the conflicts facing military personnel on deployment.

Identity, Knowledge, Strength: The Lowitja Institute International Indigenous Health and Wellbeing Conference
8-10 November, Melbourne
Register by 7 August 2016 and get the Early Bird rate. The conference will celebrate, share and strengthen Indigenous knowledge and bring together Indigenous people from around Australia and the world. Underpinned by a strong cultural framework, the conference will connect peoples, and others committed to working with us, to shape our future.

A day with Dan Siegel: The new frontiers of interpersonal neurobiology
Zhuci: Training experiences for health professionals $550
29 March 2017 Newcastle City Hall, NSW 230
Dr Siegel will speak to the latest research on interpersonal neurobiology and its applications  to a number of key stages of human development and human relationships. For clinicians, educators and researchers interested in brain plasticity, neurobiology and the ever-developing brain.

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