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AASW National Symposium

Date Event Location
Online Symposium

To be held on Friday 6 November 2020, the symposium was originally planned to be a face to face event in the NT Darwin but due to the unforeseen disruptions of COVID-19 the symposium will now move to an online format.

The theme for the AASW 2020 Symposium is “Promoting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Work”.

The symposium will bring together a wide range of professionals, key industry groups, and stakeholders across the health and human services to discuss and promote thoughts on social work practice and ideas that shape Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander social work culture, research and teaching, together with sharing key challenges and highlights facing our sector.

Themes streams that will be included in the Symposium program are described below.

  1. Working with individuals, groups and communities
  2. Indigenous knowledge in research and teaching
  3. Decolonisation in action: Policy and advocacy

Truth-telling sessions are open to all Symposium registrants. Sessions 1 and 2 will run concurrently, as will sessions 3 and 4.

When registering for a Truth-Telling session, you may nominate for 1 session at the 1.40 timeslot, and or a second at the 3.40 timeslot

Please note: session themes are a guide only for discussion. Panellists will be in attendance for all sessions to guide and steer the conversation.

"Truth-Telling" session 1 - 1.40 to 2.25 PM AEDST

  • Black Lives Matter Movement

"Truth-Telling" session 2 - 1.40 PM to 2.25 PM AEDST

  • Elder Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Workers discuss their practice
  • Cultural Awareness/Cultural Safety and Cultural Responsiveness

"Truth-Telling" session 3 - 3.40 – 4.25 AEDST

  • Decolonising Practice
  • How to speak into racism and unconscious biases, stereotypes and discrimination in the workplace from non-Indigenous staff

"Truth-Telling" session 4 - 3.40 – 4.25 PM AEDST

  • Uluru Statement from the Heart
  • History of Social work and working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals and Communities

*Free for AASW members*

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers