Membership news


Renewals open next Monday!

Renew your AASW membership between Monday 1 May & Wednesday 31 May and you'll receive the super early bird rate. Renew online by logging into the Member Centre. Alternatively, phone or email the membership team on 1800 630 124 or and we’ll do it for you. Membership fees are tax deductible, and if paying by 30 June, can be claimed this financial year.

Maximise your member benefits

Are you making the most of the benefits and resources available to you as a member of the AASW? To find out more about your membership status and entitlements, and how to utilise these, email the membership team or visit AASW Member Benefits


Social policy and advocacy


Medicare: Social work & video conferencing

The AASW has received confirmation from the office of the Minister for Health that social workers are included in the new arrangement that extends the Medicare rebate for psychological services to include sessions delivered by online video-conferencing. Read the Health Minister's media release. We'll provide you with more details as they become available.

AMHSW services now a health fund benefit

After following the AASW’s progress through the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme and self-regulation, Teachers Health and its sub-brand, UniHealth Insurance, now provide 300,000 Top Extras Cover members with access to Accredited Mental Health Social Workers (AMHSWs). This is a landmark step in the AASW's history and we are continuing to advocate for the inclusion of social work services with all private health insurers. Find out more on our Teachers Health page.

Submissions in progress

The AASW is currently preparing several submissions.
You can contribute to these by emailing the AASW social policy team

AASW at the UN

The AASW was invited to attend Social Work Day at the United Nations. We had the opportunity to build important relationships with key human rights and social work organisations from all over the world and discuss the profession’s role in advocating for social and environmental justice. We will provide more information shortly.

AASW in the media

Volunteers pitch in to prevent eviction of Indigenous families
ABC News online 18 April; ABC TV 7:30, 17 April 2017
President Karen Healy AM spoke with the ABC last week about homelessness and closing the gap.


Research opportunities


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.

The Shark Cage® with Ursula Benstead

Friday 5 May 2017, 9am–5pm, Preston. AASW CPD hours: 7

The Shark Cage is a framework for working with issues of vulnerability and re-victimisation in girls and women. It gives professionals and clients the knowledge and tools to feel empowered to decrease the likelihood of further victimisation. Visit Ursula Benstead's website

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