Social Work Focus


Contribute to aged care issue

The 19 May deadline to submit aged care articles is fast approaching! Read our contributions guidelines. Members are also invited to express interest in becoming a specialist reviewer for the issue. Just send the Bulletin Editor a short statement of your expertise by Friday 28 April along with a copy of your CV. For more information, phone Emma on 02 6199 5011.


Social policy and advocacy


Submissions in progress

The AASW is currently preparing several submissions.
Contribute to these by emailing the AASW Social Policy team

UN visit

We have been invited to attend World Social Work Day at the United Nations in New York on 17 April. A member of our policy and advocacy team will meet with social workers from around the world and discuss the profession's role in addressing some of the most pressing global challenges, including human rights abuses. Read more about the International Federation of Social Work's UN work

Centrelink submission

The Senate has invited the AASW to formally give evidence in May in response to our submission to the inquiry into Centrelink's automated debt recovery scheme.


Research opportunities


Participating in research can count towards your CPD for Category 3: Professional Identity.

Green social work study

Griffith University researchers are seeking social workers who identify as working from an environmental, ecological, green or sustainable perspective and who are willing to share examples of practice. Participation requires a 60–90 minute interview, face-to-face or via phone or Skype. Find out more about this research opportunity on the AASW website.

Promote your research to social workers

If you would like your research reviewed by the AASW's Research Committee so it can be promoted to our members, look at our research approval process. We promote approved research in this fortnightly e-Bulletin and on our website.


Endorsed CPD


Dr Leah Giarratano: Trauma education workshops

These workshops provide practical skills and up-to-date research in traumatology. Register now at Talomin Books

Treating PTSD: AASW CPD hours: 14. Brisbane 11–12 May; Melbourne 18–19 May; Sydney 25–26 May; Adelaide 8–9 June; Perth 15–16 June; Wellington NZ 22–23 June 2017.

Treating Complex Trauma: AASW CPD hours: 14. For past participants of Treating PTSD: Brisbane 13–14 July; Melbourne 20–21 July; Sydney 27–28 July; Wellington NZ 3–4 August; Perth 19–20 October; Adelaide 26–27 October 2017.

Mind Performance training: Clinical Hypnosis & Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Study in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane

Presented by Dr Alan Fahey, this training supports participants with the Focused Psychological Strategy component of their professional development. Endorsed by the AASW, RACGP; GPMHSC and ACMHN. Visit the Mind Performance website




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