AASW Elections 2016


Don't forget to vote in the AASW 2016 elections.

Completed ballot papers must be returned in the envelopes provided by 4pm AEDT next Thursday 13 October 2016, when voting closes.

For more information, visit the Elections page


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Australian College of Social Work

The Australian College of Social Work promotes and advances excellence in Australian social work practice.

The AASW is seeking to appoint a Convenor to its Clinical Division and new members to its Steering Committee by the end of 2016. Both positions are for three year terms that will begin in early 2017.

Applications for the Steering Committee close on 26 October and for the Convenor role on 25 November. To find out more, visit the College positions vacant page.

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 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 vacant page


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70th anniversary


Celebrate 70 years of the AASW at your local branch

NSW Living Histories film launch and anniversary celebration 22 October 2016, 2.00-5.00pm, followed by the general meeting of the BMC.

QLD Act for Kids Fraser Coast AASW anniversary celebration, 26 October, 11.00am-1.00pm, Maryborough QLD. Network and celebrate the unique contribution of social work and human service workers to the Queensland community across the last 70 years.Hear guest speakers Dr Fotina Hardy, Queensland Branch President, and Mr Lindsay Wegener, Executive Director, Peakcare Queensland discussing the impact of social policy and legislative changes over the past 70 years on Social Work and Human Service practice.

SA annual dinner and anniversary celebration 20 October, 5.45-9.30pm. Bring along your own piece of social work history to the Living Archive Recording Booth and revisit places and faces of the past with the photo display. Speakers on the night will highlight the Branch's journey and evoke memories of how social workers have made a difference to the South Australian community during the last 70 years.

TAS anniversary celebration: Looking forward - looking back 19 November, 2pm, New Town. Share memorabilia and stories and reflect in St John's Park, the sad site of many social welfare interventions over the last two centuries. Includes a Friends' walking tour of the park and afternoon tea. If you would like to contribute to the memorabilia collection, please contact Ann Hughes on 0439 954 818.

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


Foundations for wellness – a First Nations Approach: Masterclass, 12 October Brisbane, 13 October Sunshine Coast, 14 October Emundi, QLD. Come to one or all. Join American Indian trainers and explore community wellbeing and healing, community transformation and resilience and trauma intervention approaches and more. For more information, email Brad Lewis.

Webinar: The ripple effects of forced adoption, 18 October at 7pm AEDT. Free to members. Register now for this free APS webinar. The interdisciplinary panel, facilitated by psychologist Dr Lyn O’Grady, will focus on a fictional case study, and include Jenny Conrick (Social Worker), Tony McHugh (Psychologist), Robyn Low (Occupational Therapist) and Facilitated by Dr Lyn O’Grady (Community Psychologist). Suitable for all health and community professionals

Webcast: Postnatal depression and anxiety: new ways of understanding and responding effectively to risks, 19 October. Free. This webcast is for professionals working with parents with infants, and will identify common risks for postnatal mental health problems, introduce new and practical ways of addressing these risks and demonstrate evidence informed e-resources for practitioners to use with parents.

Attachment Based Family Therapy for Depressed and Suicidal Adolescents Level 1: 7-9 November; Level 2: 10-12 November, Williamsroad Family Therapy Centre, Caulfield VIC, $1200 per level. This model is specifically designed to target the family and individual processes associated with adolescent suicide and depression. Participants will learn how to re-frame therapy to focus on interpersonal development; build an alliance with the adolescent and with parents; facilitate parent/ adolescent conversations to resolve attachment ruptures, and promote adolescent autonomy and competency.

EMDRAA Conference 2016: EMDR Diversity – Expanding the Horizons, 19 and 20November 2016, Jasper Hotel, Melbourne. $250 EMDRAA Members. For practitioners trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) or who have an interest in learning more about it, this conference will feature a full day workshop on EMDR and anxiety disorders, and a keynote address by Marco Pagani about the latest developments in neuroscience and EMDR.

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.

Legacies unmasked: recognising and working with the lasting trauma for adults raised by parents with a serious mental illness, 7 December, Melbourne. $220 includes lunch. This workshop will provide practical, concrete strategies to identify what is interfering in the largely invisible/silent lives of this cohort, and ways of helping them deal with typical issues. Key principles will be based on the facilitator’s extensive clinical experience, original research and resources. Participants can integrate or apply this knowledge to their own clinical work. The workshop is based on original trauma research and clinical practice experience.

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.

7th International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, 1-4 March 2017, Vancouver, Canada. Full conference Early Bird rate applies for registrations before 16 January $695. This conference will bring together experts from multiple disciplines to share international research on pure science, prevention, diagnosis and intervention across the lifespan, and address the implications of this research and promote collaboration.

Babette Rothschild: 8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery
2 March 2017, Brisbane, $100.00 for AASW members
A one-day workshop that will expand your toolbox for increasing and maintaining stability and reducing the risks associated with making things worse for individuals with trauma histories. For health practitioners and others wanting a common sense and safety-based framework to empower healing with an individual’s safety and needs in mind.

Advanced Practitioner Certificate in Clinical Hypnosis
Ongoing enrolment, $2290, 110.5 hours. Endorsed by the AASW for CPD. Pay by instalment. 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

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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