National Symposium 2017


One week to go!

A reminder, all AASW abstracts close by 5pm on Wednesday 23 August.

The National Symposium 2017 theme is ‘Advocacy and social work: creating individual and social change’. There are four sub-themes including advocacy in direct social work practice, research, social work education and across systems.

This is a unique opportunity for you to share your work achievements and promote your work and practice knowledge.

Register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest and returning it to AASW by 5pm on Wednesday 23 August.

If you have any queries, please email Vanessa Paparone or phone 03 9320 1014.


Social Work Focus


Aged care issue

Articles that explore social work practice and aged care feature in the latest issue of Social Work Focus which is now available as a PDF through the AASW website. A digital flipbook and accessible HTML version will be available shortly.

The winter issue also includes articles about this year's National Symposium, celebrating social work history, NDIS workshops for private social work practitioners and engaging with local Primary Health Networks, and much more.


Social policy and advocacy


Aged care future reform

The inquiry into ways to best support older Australians to remain living at home and in their communities is accepting submissions from organisations and individuals until Monday 21 August. If you would like to contribute, download the discussion paper and response template.

Cashless debit card

The Department of Social Security is accepting input from indivduals and organisations regarding its proposal to extend the trial of the Cashless Welfare Card to two more sites. You can contribute to the AASW’s submission by emailing the social policy team. Find out more on the DSS website.

Opportunity to be involved in the AASW Reconciliation Action Plan 2017-2019

The AASW is seeking expressions of interest from members who would like to join our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Working Group. The RAP Working Group is a sub-committee of the AASW Board, and its role is to actively monitor the implementation of the RAP. This is an exciting opportunity for our profession, and both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members are encouraged to apply. Please submit a one page expression of interest and CV by 30 August to the social policy team.

Medicare and residential aged care

The AASW has written a letter to Minister Greg Hunt calling on the government to overturn the current policy that denies older Australians in residential care access to the mental health supports they need.

Recent submissions

We have recently lodged submissions regarding changes to citizenship requirements, cutting student payments and the proposed changes to the income support system. These proposals were to impose drug testing on, and limit volunteering by, people receiving income support. View the AASW submissions that have been accepted for publication.


Research opportunities


Why participate in research?

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

AASW endorsed research projects

Professional attitudes towards problem gambling

Researchers from Deakin University invite Australian qualified social workers to complete an anonymous online survey into the attitudes and beliefs towards problem gambling by professionals. Participants have the chance to win one of 15 $50 Coles/Myer vouchers.

Survey of dementia care

Social workers who work or have previously worked with people with dementia and their carers are invited to take part in an anonymous online survey. The survey aims to investigate the level of care given to people with dementia and determine any barriers to the quality of care.

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

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




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