AASW in the media


Changes in child protection procedures in NSW
Channel Ten News, 24 October 2017
AASW President, Karen Healy AM, is an expert witness in this Channel 10 News report on changes to child protection procedures in NSW.

Complexities of adoption
SBS radio, Sonja Heydeman, 5 November 2017
During National Adoption Awareness Week, the AASW told SBS radio that governments need to better understand the complexities of adoption.

SA news: Safety of children in state care
Advertiser and Gold Coast Bulletin, Lauren Novak, 22 November 2017
In this report on the safety of children in state care, AASW SA Branch President Mary Hood says an adult suspected of sexual abuse should not be able to return to work with children until evidence has cleared them of wrongdoing.


Get involved in your AASW


National Research Committee

The AASW National Research Committee is seeking expressions of interest for new members. If you are a social worker working in direct practice, evaluation and academia and would like to contribute to a culture of research within the profession and the association, we would like to hear from you.

To express interest in this voluntary role, read the Terms of Reference, write a cover letter outlining your interest, commitment and expertise in relation to social work research, and send your application, with a copy of your CV, to research@aasw.asn.au. Applicants must be a current financial member of the AASW. Applications close on 14 December 2016.

For more information, phone the Professional Officer (Accreditation and Standards) on 03 9320 1044.

Professional Officer (Social Work)Social Policy and Advocacy (3 days, part-time)

We are seeking a social worker with policy experience to join our Policy and Advocacy team. Working closely with the Senior Manager Social Policy and Communications and stakeholders, you will be responsible for performing a range of duties including writing and developing social policy material including position statements, submissions, media and advocacy documents in consultation with key stakeholders. Applicants must be a current financial member of the AASW. Applications close at midnight AEDT on Thursday 8 December 2016. Find out more about the Professional Officer Social Policy and Advocacy role

Professional Officer (Social Work) – Credentialing (full-time)

Contribute to new developments within the AASW that aim to lift the profile of the social work profession in Australia! We are seeking applications from social workers who are interested in supporting the Senior Manager Professional Standards with the development of the AASW Credentialing program which supports our professional standards work. Applicants must be a current financial member of the AASW. Applications close at midnight AEDT on Thursday 8 December 2016. Find out more about the Professional Officer Credentialing role

For more social work jobs, visit the Horizon Career Centre


SWOT news


Social work in the era of Donald Trump

At the Tasmanian Branch's annual dinner earlier this month, Emeritus Professor Jim Ife delivered a moving address on how the recent changes to political agendas will impact social work. To access the recording, which is free to members, please make sure you are logged into the Member Centre. 0.5 CPD hours

Coming soon: Queensland Conference speeches

We recorded the key note speeches for this conference, held on the 25-26 November and will make them available on SWOT soon.

Browse the AASW website for other Social Work Online Training content

Creative therapies in trauma treatment

Back by popular demand on 31 January 2017 at 6pm AEDT, this free webinar presented by Jenny Rose and Sue Foley will provide a theoretical overview of why creative play-based approaches are essential when working with children and explore strategies validated by clients, clinicians and research. 1 CPD hour


Deactivating the Buttons: Integrating a trauma lens with a counselling framework

Presented by Laurie MacKinnon PhD

Adelaide 6 & 7 February; Sydney 3 & 4 March; Canberra 12 & 13 May 2017

Hands-on clinical training in RETapping, a form of brief exposure therapy. Learn to resolve memories that fuel PTSD, anxiety, fears, emotional reactivity and patterns of escalating conflict. By observing videos of actual therapy and through practice, develop skills in assessing for PTSD; decreasing arousal, obtaining a trauma history; and processing traumatic memories through graduated exposure with tapping. Register online

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