Membership news


Free New Graduate upgrade!

If you are a student member of the AASW and have recently completed your social work degree, email or phone the Membership Team on 1800 630 124 and request a free upgrade to New Graduate membership. New Graduates are entitled to our professional indemnity and public liability insurance and can begin recording professional development activities online. You can also register for the AASW's Social Worker trademark

Graduate resources

Take a look at the graduate resources available on our website and, if you're looking for work, visit the Horizon Career Centre where you can subscribe to weekly job alerts. Horizon also provides career resources and lets you create a locum profile.


Social policy & communications


Social policy & advocacy

The AASW has continuously advocated for a stronger policy focus on human rights and social justice. In 2016 alone our submissions to all levels of government covered a wide range of issues, including asylum seekers, freedom of speech, mental health, youth detention, adoption, government allowances, elder abuse and surrogacy. We look forward to continuing this work in 2017. Read our submissions online.

AASW in the media

We provide an important voice for social justice in the media. In the last year, AASW media coverage spanned several major issues including family violence, child protection, adoption, Newstart and other government allowances, child safety, juvenile justice, asylum seekers and more. Our media releases drew attention to some of these and other issues, including the Pensioner Education Supplement, child abuse, the Close the Gap campaign and Safe Schools program, HECS-HELP, the Medicare rebate freeze, homelessness and out-of-home care.

Social Work Focus

We have now published four issues of Social Work Focus. They have raised the profile of the work of our members in health, leadership and management, family violence and child protection. This year, the magazine will share members' knowledge and experience of disability social work and the NDIS, aged care, mental health and working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.


Professional development


Branch events

South Australia
How poverty shapes the mind
Friday 17 February 2017, 9.30am-4.30pm, AASW office. Members $165
Many people working with disadvantaged clients come from different economic circumstances. Without adequate knowledge about poverty, and how it can shape a person's meaning of their world, practitioners can sometimes label clients as difficult or resistant. This workshop draws on Dr Ruby Payne's expanded definition of poverty to explore how limited physical, social, emotional and financial resources can shape the mind. This understanding will assist in deepening your practice with vulnerable people. CPD hours: 7

Self-care for social work students and new graduates
29 April 2017, 9.30am-4.30pm, AASW office. Members $20
This workshop presented by Martine Langoulant will support developing social work practitioners in building awareness of and competence in self-care practice. The day of exploration will include a mix of creative activities, large and small group discussions, and personal reflection. CPD hours: 6

Self-care for professional social workers
1 May 2017, 9.30am-4.30pm, AASW office. Members $150
This workshop presented by Martine Langoulant will turn theory into evidence-based action and help you to take an active role in building your resilience and preventing psychological injury. CPD hours: 6

Putting the mouth back in the body: Accessing oral health services on the north west coast with a focus on children's services 
24 January 2017, 12pm – 2pm, Burnie
Join committee members Karen Ritchie and Matthew Williamson for the first 2017 meeting of the North West Networking Group. Learn about oral health services available to clients on the north west coast, recent funding changes and referral pathways from our Northwest Dental and Child and Adolescent Dental Clinic guest speakers. The focus of the networking group in early 2017 will be on systemic changes to service delivery in Tasmania. Bring along some topics of interest for future sessions. CPD hours: 2

Endorsed CPD events

The following events have been endorsed for CPD by the AASW. To find out more about endorsement, email AASW CPD or phone 03 9320 1003.

Supervision and State of Being training workshops

Levels 1 & 2: Melbourne 9-10 & 23-24 February; Level 2: Hobart
6-7 March 2017

These inspirational workshops are facilitated by Jane Wexler, educator, supervisor, accredited social worker & IECL accredited coach. They provide exceptional professional development and practical supervision skills in an uplifting environment. 

For more information and to register, visit Jane Wexler online or phone 0417 901 033.

Engaging people in treatment through use of metaphor

One-day workshop: Melbourne Tuesday 21 February 2017; Sydney Tuesday 14 March 2017. $295. Early bird rate available

Engaging clients in treatment is critical to successful health outcomes. This workshop will provide practical skills to assist health professionals to use metaphors to explain health conditions, likely outcomes and treatment options to increase engagement. CPD hours: 6.5

Living out your profession in a generic world

One-day workshop: Melbourne Wednesday 22 February 2017; Sydney Wednesday 15 March 2017. $295, early bird rate available

Many health professionals working in generic roles struggle to keep their professional identity. Dr Julie Rowse encourages health professionals to embrace and use their specific skills within the generic role. This workshop will inspire participants to connect with their professional roots and identify how their specific professional skills can be used within a generic role. CPD hours: 6.5

To register for these workshops, visit Healthy Mind and Soul




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