AASW Elections 2016


The candidates in this year's Board elections have been declared by the Returning Officer. Read the candidate summaries.

Ballot papers will be sent to members by next Thursday 15 September when voting opens and should be returned by 4pm AEDT, Thursday 13 October 2016.


AASW jobs


Two positions are currently being advertised by the AASW on the Horizon Career Centre.

Applications close on Monday 19 September 2016.

Professional Officer (Social Work)
NSW Branch, Full Time, Parramatta, Sydney

Administration Officer
NSW Branch, Part Time, Parramatta, Sydney




AASW members who take part in research that contributes to professional social work's skill and knowledge base can earn CPD hours for Category 3 – Professional Identity.

New opportunities

Understanding the empowerment of people with severe mental illness in the community through the eyes of social work practitioners in Sydney and Hong Kong

If you are an AASW member, or eligible for membership, have experience working with people with severe mental illness for one year or more and currently involved in the delivery of mental health care in Sydney, you are invited to complete an anonymous 10 minute e-survey. You can also choose to take part in a follow-up interview, face-to-face or over the phone, at a time and location convenient to you.

Social workers’ use of reflective practice in international settings: Implications for global development work

Carleton University in Canada is seeking qualified, English speaking social workers who identify as women to participate in a 60 minute telephone or Skype interview that will ask about reflective practices in global development. To take part, you must be working on a development-oriented project in the global south (or have worked in the global south within the last 6 months) and have a general understanding of what reflective practice/reflection means within the context of your work.

Other research projects

  • 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

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.


AASW conferences


NT Conference 2017: Dust, Diversity and Dedication
20-22 March 2017, Alice Springs
People employed in inter-disciplinary positions in the human services and community sectors are invited to this interactive & informative event that will focus on sharing and upgrading skills. Abstracts are now being sought by 30 September 2016. Register before 30 November to get the Early Bird rate.

North and South Queensland Branches Social Work Conference
25 & 26 November 2016. University of Queensland, St Lucia campus
The final keynote speaker has been confirmed: Edward Santow, the newly appointed Human Rights Commissioner, is rounding out the conference's impressive line-up. Mr Santow began his role at the Human Rights Commission in August 2016 after six years leading the Public Interest Advocacy Centre – a strategic, non-profit law and policy organisation that assists vulnerable Australians. He has particular expertise in human rights, administrative and constitutional law, discrimination and freedom of information and his current role promotes human rights by operating at the intersection between government, business and civil society. Sign up for the conference now. Earlybird registrations close next Friday 16 September.


70th anniversary


Celebrate 70 years of the AASW at your local branch

QLD 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 Friday 30 September 2016.

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.

WA seminar: Challenges of the past, present and future, 28 October, CPD hours: 2. Join a panel of WA social work trailblazers and emerging leaders at this seminar that will discuss the challenges of the past, present and future. Panellists include Kris Csillag, Dr Marilyn Palmer, Mike Hepburn, Kieran Merritt, Jim McRobert and Madison Clark.





Upcoming events


2016 Australian Psychological Society Congress
13-16 September 2016, Melbourne
Registrations now open. 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 elsewhere
This two-day course will assist professionals to explore conflict and impart the essential principles and process of mediation.

YogaFit® Warriors Retreat
25 February-13 March 2017, Ballina NSW
Gain a deeper understanding of how trauma is stored in the body and why yoga is effective at alleviating symptoms. Suitable for mental health workers, social workers, counsellors, psychiatrists and fitness/yoga instructors.

To request a free listing or book an advertisement in the e-Bulletin, visit the AASW website or phone 02 6199 5000

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