Australian Social Work journal


Australian Social Work is an international peer-reviewed journal produced by the AASW reflecting current thinking and trends in social work.

The AASW is currently seeking to appoint the following two positions to the journal for the next three-year term.

  • Editor
  • Editorial Board Chair

Applicants must be a member of the AASW. Applications close on 30 November 2016. For more information, visit the Australian Social Work positions web page


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Participate in social work research

Did you know that taking part in research can be recorded as CPD hours for category 3 – Professional Identity? There are currently six AASW-approved research projects for members to participate in, including an online survey and interview for qualified social workers in Sydney who have at least one year’s experience working with clients with severe mental illness.

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
Abstracts are being sought by 30 September 2016 for this event which will focus on sharing and upgrading skills. 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. 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. Sign up for the conference now.


70th anniversary


Celebrate 70 years of the AASW at your local branch

QLD 70 Faces | 70 Stories exhibition
Queensland-based members who would like to take part in this special photographic showcase have until 30 September to email a submission and a photo to the Queensland Branch. 70 Faces | 70 Stories hopes to capture the presence, reality and diversity of social workers in Queensland communities.

WA anniversary celebration 27 October, 6.30 to 9.00pm. After the annual members' meeting, connect with colleagues over finger food and drinks.

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.





Upcoming events


Advancing our critical edge in social welfare education, research and practice: ANZSWWER Symposium, 29-30 September 2016, Townsville QLD. This year’s program includes keynote speakers Dorothy Savage, Professor Lena Dominelli & Emeritus Professor Ros Thorpe. At the Symposium, you can also take part in the the ANSWER National Field Education Network meeting on 28 September for social work field education staff to share information, research and to take action on key issues impacting on field education.

Green Social Work Network 'Somebuddy's Got Talent' Night, Saturday 1 October, 6:00pm, North Melbourne. Laugh out loud for a night of comedy and fun. An opportunity for social workers, community workers and allied health professionals to invest in networking with like-minded professionals and engage in meaningful discussions around environmental issues and our responsibility to our communities of interest, geography, and practice.

Oncology Social Work Australia (OSWA) Conference - From diapers to dentures: Ethical dilemmas across the lifespan, 6-8 October 2016, University of Melbourne. A unique opportunity for oncology social workers and other health professionals working with people impacted by cancer to share research, practice models and projects. For more information, contact Alison Hocking on 03 9656 3702.

The Pain Paradox: East meets West in a new paradigm for processing and moving beyond complex trauma with Dr John Briere, 7–8 October; 11–12 October; 15–16 October 2016 Sydney; Brisbane; Melbourne $625. Explore an East-West theory of trauma-related suffering that suggests the solution to unwanted states is to carefully accept, engage and process in the context of a compassionate therapeutic environment.

Adapting Schema Therapy when working with clients under the Medicare model, 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 present opportunities to practice some of the cognitive, experiential/emotion focused and behavioural techniques. Some prior knowledge of Schema Therapy desirable.

Privacy, Confidentiality and Documentation, Tuesday 25 October 2016, 3:30-5:00pm, Presented by Susan Accary, Assoc. Lawyer, Slater & Gordon, AASW North Melbourne Office. Learn about privacy vs confidentiality, patients’ rights, addressing the conflicts in confidentiality, documenting clinical notes, how to respond to subpoenas and attending court and giving evidence. Limited places available.

Dignity in Care: afternoon seminar with Dignity Therapy founder Dr Harvey Max Chochinov, Thursday 17 November 2016, 1:00–5:00pm, Deakin University Waurn Ponds Campus. External staff $120; Barwon staff $60; external volunteers $30. This approach acknowledges care tenor as a vital element of healthcare; it includes personhood, therapeutic effectiveness, and the notion of the healthcare provider as witness. This seminar will introduce these critical issues along with various studies, illustrated by clinical case examples, that attest to their importance in shaping patient experience. For more information phone 03 4215 5700.

EMDRAA Conference 2016: EMDR Diversity – Expanding the Horizons, 19 and 20November 2016, Jasper Hotel, Melbourne. $250 EMDRAA Members, $400 non-members. For practitioners trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) or who have an interest in learning more about it. The conference will feature a full day workshop on EMDR and Anxiety Disorders, and a Keynote Address by Marco Pagani from Rome about the latest developments in neuroscience and EMDR. Practical presentations on EMDR with children and EMDR for emotional eating will also be featured.

Valuing Diversity in Allied Health: Indigenous Allied Health Australia National Forum, 29 November - 1 December 2016, Canberra. Registrations are now open for this national forum for people in the health sector. Join in workshops and interprofessional engagement opportunities and learn from the collective perspectives, strengths and attributes of other disciplines and sectors.

Graduate Certificate in Bereavement Counselling and Intervention
January 2017 - November 2017, Melbourne, Brisbane & Sydney. $6,800 (5 instalments). This nationally recognised, VET qualification offers evidence-based, clinical training that will equip participants with skills to better support people with complex bereavement needs, and will enable counsellors to specialise in bereavement counselling and intervention.

Fighting Fair: Mediation and Conflict Resolution Training (Level 1)
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.

Inaugural Australian course: Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy Training, 12-16 December 2016, University of Melbourne. $2500 for four days (full-time) plus $500 for role play which must be passed to progress to clinical supervised practice stage. DIT is a 16 session protocol developed for the treatment of depression and other mood disorders. Registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council. For more information, contact Christine Brett Vickers 0412 633 747.

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

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