Have a say in your AASW


AMHSW and members in private practice are invited to participate in a short term working group to develop recommendations about the preferred way of interacting with the AASW national office and staff, for improved support and liaison.

This working group will explore ongoing support and interaction with the current Mental Health Social Workers in Private Practice (MHSWiPP) Practice Group, the steering committee who organised its Melbourne conference last year and a group that has been exploring material support options for AMHSWers and senior managers. The working group will meet 3-4 times and make a recommendation for a new or amended structure by the end of 2016. Expressions of interest and other related questions can be sent via email to the AASW CEO


Membership news


Renew your membership by 31 August

Renew your AASW membership by 31 August and retain your continuity, insurance cover and benefits and ability 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. If you're joining for the first time, call us for assistance on 1800 630 124.

10,000 member drive: Congratulations to our winners!

We'd like to thank the members who participated in our 'Refer a Friend' campaign during our drive to achieve 10,000 members by 30 June. There were 47 new members who joined the AASW as a result of your efforts.

We'd also like to congratulate the winners of the prize we offered as an incentive to refer a friend - a $500 gift voucher of their choice. Congratulations:

  • Helen Towey(new graduate member, WA Branch)
  • Scott Northeast (new graduate member, Victorian Branch)
  • Prakriti Chhetri ((new graduate member, Victorian Branch)

Registration campaign


Members and other social work colleagues are invited to help with the next step in our campaign for registration. It begins where we hope it will also end: with convincing Health Ministers to agree to endorse social work for inclusion in NRAS. We have sent a letter to each Minister on the COAG Health Council (CHC) and are asking you, if you haven't already, to lobby Health Ministers or your local MP between now and the end of August.


Social work research


New opportunities

There are currently six research projects seeking AASW members' participation:

  • Working for the Welfare: Exploring the experiences of Indigenous child protection workers – closes 15 August!
  • 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 work: Tell us why you stay
  • Working with Lawyers: How social work and legal services practice in collaboration
  • An exploration of social workers’ professional identities 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 these 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 projects on our website and in this fortnightly e-Bulletin.


e-mental health survey


e-mental health is increasingly part of health care services and social workers can guide their clients to a rich array of tools and resources.

The ANU's eMHPrac team would again like to invite you to participate in its survey that is part of an Australian Government funded initiative to develop and provide e-mental health training and support to social workers and other allied health service providers. Download the survey and share your experiences to help shape future services and training.


70th anniversary


Celebrate 70 years of the AASW at your local branch

Geraldton celebration workshop and lunch 31 August 2016, West Australian Centre for Rural Health. Join us for a workshop with Dr Brenda Clare on professional identity and a celebratory lunch.

Where have we been and where are we going? 7 September 2016, National Arboretum, Canberra. Guest speakers 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.

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


Webinar: Placing family at the centre of mental health recovery
Australian Institute of Family Studies
11 August 2016, 1.30-2.30pm AEST, log in from your computer. Free
This webinar will outline ways in which practitioners can support healing and recovery in families affected by parental mental illness. If you miss out, access the recordings and related resources online. A practice guide will also be available soon.

Nonviolent Resistance workshop by Malcolm Robinson and Ann Weir
Bower Place
12 August 2016, 2-5pm, Adelaide $100
Inspired by the ideas of Israeli psychologist, Haim Omer, Nonviolent Resistance addresses the anger and aggression that masks the deeper needs of children. The technique is effective when working with multi-stressed families, children in care, parental mental health, substance use problems, child abuse domestic violence, and trauma.

2016 Women in General Practice Annual Conference – The whole SHE-bang: Sex, gender and life cycle
Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
20-21 August 2016, Rydges on Swanston, Melbourne
Registrations are now open. The program will explore women’s sexual health, including topics such as ‘Sexuality, young women, pleasure and safety’ and ‘Older LBGTIQ women: invisible in your practice?’ with Prof Moira Carmody and ‘Why sex hurts and how can GPs help?’ with Dr Anita Elias.

Advanced Practitioner Certificate in Clinical Hypnosis
Academy of Applied Hypnosis
Ongoing enrolment, $2290, 110.5 hours. Endorsed by the AASW for CPD. Pay by instalment available. This course provides firm foundational skills to allow you to integrate clinical hypnosis into your existing practice. The units are designed for existing health practitioners. To enrol phone 02 9415 6500

2016 Australian Psychological Society Congress
13-16 September 2016, Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre
Registrations are now open for this year’s Congress. Presentations include Emotion Focused Therapy, working with men who have been violent against women, therapeutic models, vicarious trauma and principles and practices of counselling and psychotherapy.

Fighting Fair: Mediation and Conflict Resolution Training (Level 1)
Scott Dutton, Fighting Fair
17-18 November 2016 Sydney; dates also available in Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and other locations around the country. This interactive and stimulating two-day course will assist professionals to explore conflict and impart the essential principles and process of mediation.

Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) Level A Training with Professor Scott Stuart (USA)
University of Sydney Centre for Continuing Education
19-20 September and 23-24 September 2016, Perth, Sydney $880
IPT is an empirically validated treatment for a variety of psychiatric disorders. The evidence for IPT supports its use for a variety of affective disorders, anxiety disorders, and eating disorders, and for a wide range of patients from children and adolescents to the elderly. Learn to conduct interpersonal psychotherapy to treat common mental disorders and obtain IPT certification.

Adapting Schema Therapy when working with clients under the Medicare model
Schema Therapy Academy
21 October 2016, 1.30-5pm, Hindmarsh SA. $180 PHF/AASW members Early Bird
This workshop will provide a brief overview of Schema Therapy, look at the importance of the client-therapist relationship and provide you with opportunities to practice some of the cognitive, experiential/emotion focused and behavioural techniques. Some prior knowledge of Schema Therapy 

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