Social policy and advocacy


Queensland Adoption Bill

The AASW's submission to the Health, Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee in Queensland this month argued that governments have a responsibility to concentrate efforts on creating environments in which children and families are supported. This would reduce the factors that contribute to the need for intervention by the state. Adoption should only be considered as one of a suite of possible responses and after other options for a child’s safety have been exhausted.

The submission saw President Karen Healy AM invited to be a witness before the parliamentary committee.

Veterans and ex-service personnel suicide inquiry

The AASW has made a  submission to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee inquiry into suicide by veterans and ex-service personnel. We have advocated for improved access to services that address the holistic health and wellbeing needs of veterans and their families. The submission will be available online soon.

National Disability Insurance Scheme

We are currently reviewing the AASW’s NDIS strategy and wanting to talk to members who are registered NDIS providers. If you are interested, please email Sebastian Cordoba

AASW in the media

Karen Healy AM spoke with SBS radio news last week on the eve of World Mental Health Day. Read the transcript and the World Mental Health Day media release we issued.


70th anniversary events


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.


Get involved in your AASW


Australian College of Social Work

The College 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




Current opportunities

There are currently five research studies seeking participation from social workers. Taking part can be recorded as CPD hours for category 3 – Professional Identity.

  • An exploration of social workers’ professional identities within health settings in Queensland;
  • Social workers’ use of reflective practice in international settings: Implications for global development work;
  • Working for the Welfare: Exploring the experiences of Indigenous child protection workers;
  • Working with lawyers: How social work and legal services practice in collaboration;
  • Understanding the empowerment of people with severe mental illness in the community through the eyes of social work practitioners in Sydney and Hong Kong.

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.




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