National Symposium 2017


Register now!

Registrations are now open to attend the National Symposium 2017 which will be held from 30 November to 2 December at the Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart.

The theme is Advocacy and social work: creating individual and social change and the keynote speakers are The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG and Professor Gillian Triggs, past president of the Human Rights Commission.

Become a presenter

Expressions of interest are now open to present at the symposium. Download the EOI/Abstracts form. Applications should include desired session format and time requirements and be submitted to the AASW by Wednesday 23 August 2017.

Participate in research committee workshop

If you are a higher degree social work student (enrolled in a PhD, Doctorate of Social Work, or Masters of Research) and planning to attend the National Symposium, you're invited to express interest in participating in the Next Generation of Social Work Research workshop by 28 August.

Hosted by the AASW National Research Committee (NRC), the workshop will showcase the breadth of social work research currently underway and be an opportunity to meet other social work research students and NRC members. Read the EOI information


Social policy and advocacy


Aged care future reform submission

The AASW is making a submission to the Government’s future reform inquiry into ways to best support older Australians to remain living at home and in their communities. If you would like to contribute, email Social Policy

Telehealth - Medicare

The AASW is currently working with the Department of Health during the development of telehealth guidelines that aim to improve access to psychological services for rural and remote patients.

We will continue to provide updates about these guidelines in the e-Bulletin and on our website as information becomes available.

Call to provide evidence

After lodging its submissions, the AASW has provided more information to the Productivity Commission's Reform in the human services inquiry and the Parliamentary better family law system to protect those affected by family violence inquiry in the form of presenting evidence in person.

Visit these recently lodged submissions on the social policy and advocacy page. If you would like to contribute to a submission-in-progress, email Social Policy


Research opportunities


Supervising international students

Researchers from Monash University are inviting social work field educators who supervise international students on placement to take part in an anonymous online survey about their experiences. The survey will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete and the results will be used to develop professional development resources for field educators of international students.

Find out more about this and other AASW-endorsed research participation opportunities

Participation in research is seen as an activity which contributes significantly to the social work professions' skill and knowledge base and can therefore be recorded as part of your annual CPD hours under category 3.

Apply now! Practitioner Research Grant 2017-18

The National Research Committee is now calling for applications for the AASW Practitioner Research Grant 2017-2018 by Friday 1 September. This is a great opportunity for social work practitioners to engage in research and contribute new knowledge to their area or practice context with financial support from the AASW.

Promote your research to social workers

If you would like your research reviewed by the AASW's National Research Committee so it can be promoted to our members, take a look at our research approval information




Mental Health Professionals' Network webinar

MHPN is providing a free webinar on 17 August from 7.15-8.30pm AEST about coordinating mental health care for people experiencing suicide bereavement. It aims to improve practitoner ability to support people experiencing suicide bereavement. The panellists are: Jacinta Hawgood (Qld Psychologist); Dr Graham Fleming (SA Rural GP): Professor Siva Bala (Qld Psychiatrist); Dr Jane Mowll (NSW Social Worker) and facilitator: Dr Lyn O’Grady (Vic Community Psychologist). For more information, email MHPN or phone 1800 209 031. CPD points available.

New Child Protection Helpline contact details

The NSW Child Protection Helpline is consolidating its contact phone lines, making it easier to report suspected cases of child abuse and neglect. The Child Protection Helpline is now 132 111. The new Child Protection Helpline fax is 1800 212 936.

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