AASW Elections 2016


The candidates for the contested positions in this year's elections have been declared by the Returning Officer.

View the nominees for the vacant positions

Will you be eligible to vote?

To be eligible to vote, you must be a current financial member of the AASW by next Wednesday 31 August 2016. If you have not yet renewed your membership for 2016-17, visit the Member Centre online or phone the Membership Team on 1800 630 124. They're waiting for your call!


Have a say in your AASW


Interacting with AASW: Working group

The AASW is keen to support private practitioners engage in the rapidly changing external environment such as the emergence of Private Health Networks (PHN) and the NDIS. Therefore, AMHSWs 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 emailed to the AASW CEO. Expressions of interest close on Friday 2 September 2016.


AASW in the media


Letter to the Editor: Outdated view on parenting

AASW President, Karen Healy, expressed disappointment at Gary Linnell's outdated view of parenting in a letter published by the Sydney Morning Herald on 22 August 2016. She said evidence suggested it was not true that people who receive welfare benefits, experience drug addiction or multi-generational abuse are incapable of parenting. Read Karen's letter (please scroll down the SMH Letters page to view it)


Credentialing advanced social work practice


The AASW is developing a process for credentialing of advanced social work practice in a range of specialist areas. While we already do this with the Accredited Mental Health Social Workers (AMHSW), which has had success with Medicare and other funding bodies, our aim is to progressively expand credentialing to other areas of practice such as disability, child protection, family violence, school social work, oncology and aged care.

The objective is to get funding agencies and employers to recognise the new credentials as way to ensure quality services and for employers to prefer recruiting social workers with specialist credentials for key roles.

We are inviting members to get involved with the first step which is to define the advanced practice capabilities needed for each specialist area of practice that are additional to the core skills of social work. Visit our website for more information about credentialing of advanced social work practice, including how to express interest in getting involved.


Social work research


New opportunities

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

  • Last chance! Closes 31 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 for the Welfare: Exploring the experiences of Indigenous child protection workers
  • 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.


70th anniversary


Celebrate 70 years of the AASW at your local branch

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.

70 Faces | 70 Stories exhibition
Queensland-based members are invited to take part in a special photographic showcase, 70 Faces | 70 Stories. It hopes to capture the presence, reality and diversity of social workers in Queensland communities, those who do the ordinary and the extraordinary every day. If you would like to be one of the featured seventy, write a submission, take a photo and email these to the AASW Queensland Branch by no later than Friday 30 September 2016.

Geraldton celebration workshop and lunch 31 August 2016, West Australian Centre for Rural Health. Join the AASW Mid-West Practice Group for a free celebratory lunch and professional identity workshop with Dr Brenda Clare.

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.

WA anniversary celebration 27 October, 6.30 to 9.00pm. After the annual members' meeting, connect with colleagues over finger food and drinks, farewell the current Branch President, Sabina Leitman, and welcome her replacement.




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