Social Work Focus


Download the summer issue now!

The summer 2016 issue of the AASW's magazine features 19 articles by social workers in the child protection sector as well as AASW and industry news. Social Work Focus can be downloaded as an interactive digital edition or as a PDF.

Contribute to autumn 2017 issue

We're now looking for interesting and informative articles about social work practice, disability and the NDIS by 3 February 2017.

Articles within this theme can be about personal and professional experiences, research undertakings and discoveries, career achievements, innovative practices, professional development, client journeys and more. We will also consider industry news items. Before you submit a piece, please check it meets our contributions guidelines.


AASW in the media


Recruitment of staff for SA Child Protection Department
The Advertiser, 6 December 2016
The AASW is quoted in this story about South Australia's new Child Protection Department which currently has about 300 fewer workers than it should as it struggles to recruit new employees. AASW SA branch president, Mary Hood, said the department would have to consider interstate applicants to meet its recruitment targets and that the process is going to take time.

Human Rights Day
SBS Radio, 10 December 2016
In a media release on the eve of Human Rights Day, AASW National President Karen Healy said the government must make a stronger commitment to fulfil its human rights obligations. She expressed the AASW's concerns with recent policy decisions on asylum seekers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, abuse victims and LBGTI people, and said every human being has the right to dignity and freedom from intimidation and persecution but the Australian government is still in some ways failing to protect these rights. We will publish the transcript of Professor Healy's SBS Radio interview soon.

The Ripple Effect
AASW member and farmer, Martin Butler, is quoted by ABC News in an article about this research and awareness program which is looking at suicide in rural communities.


Social policy and advocacy


Fifth National Mental Health Plan

The AASW has sent a written submission to the review of the Fifth National Mental Health Plan consultation and attended the government's workshops. We are calling for a greater commitment to early intervention supports and resourcing of the sector. (The submission was made online so we're unable to publish it as yet.)

Elder abuse inquiry

The Australian Law Reform Commission has released a discussion paper for its Elder Abuse inquiry, and is calling for comments and feedback on law reform proposals. The paper draws extensively from the AASW’s submission to the inquiry. Find out more about the Elder Abuse inquiry and discussion paper.


Social Work Online Training (SWOT)


Register now!

Creative therapies in trauma treatment

Places are filling fast for this free webinar to be held on 31 January 2017 at 6pm AEDT. Presented by Jenny Rose and Sue Foley, it will provide a theoretical overview of why creative play-based approaches are essential when working with children. The webinar will also explore strategies validated by clients, clinicians and research. 1 CPD hour

Queensland conference keynote speech

The free recording of the address by Queensland Branches Social Work Conference keynote speaker, Associate Professor Munjed Al Muderis, is now available on SWOT. Other recordings from the conference will be published on our website in early 2017.




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