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ONLINE - NAIDOC Yarning Circle 2021 - First Nations and Allies Sub-Committee Event

Event Details
Date: 20 Jul 2021
Time: 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Venue: Hybrid
State: Qld
CPD hrs: 2

Free or gold coin donation

Organiser: Qld Branch First Nations & Allies Sub-Committee
Further information

NAIDOC Yarning Circle - 2021

The AASW QLD Branch First Nations and Allies sub-committee are facilitating a series of Yarning Circles to mark significant annual First Nations celebrations and occasions.

The objective of the yarns is to create connection and to provide space for safe exploration of culture and justice for First Nations peoples and the role and responsibilities of Social Work among First Nations peoples.

Topics covered:

What does heal country mean to you?

In what ways do we heal country though language?

How important do you think language is?

What are protocols for using language while on Country?

How do we embed language into Social Work practice?


When: Tuesday 20 July 2021 - 6.30pm - 8.30pm

Venue: Brisbane Workers Community Centre, 2 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington Qld 4006 - To attend in person please click here.
* Catering and refreshments will be provided.

Please note this event will also be available online - for online, please register to the right.
* Regional & Remote areas - If you join with a group of 5 or more the Branch can provide catering

ZOOM - tele/videoconferencing - details will be sent those who have registered, on the day of the seminar.

Registration Fee:

  • FREE AASW members & SW Students
  • Small gold coin donation for non-members, to go towards catering.

Contact details:

Queensland Branch -

Please note: Tele/videoconference details will be sent to registrants on the day of the seminar.

Open to all Social Workers!!

Meet the First Nations and Allies Sub-Committee

Yaleela Torrens is a proud Gooreng Gooreng & Bundjalung woman and Social Worker who currently lives and works on her ancestral lands of the Gladstone region. Yaleela has worked across a variety of Social Work fields including the specialisation of Child-Centered Play Therapy. Currently Yaleela is employed as the Senior Social Worker at Nhulundu Health Services where her duties include, providing culturally sensitive counselling, case management and advocacy. Yaleela is a Board member of the Play Therapy Practitioners Association and a current BMC Member and Co-convenor of the First Nations and Allies Sub-Committee within the Qld Branch of the AASW.

Karina Maxwell is a proud Ngugi woman from the Quandamooka nation whose family originates from Mulgumpin (Moreton Island), and currently works and resides on Turrbul land. She has worked in a number of areas with First Nations people and also in mainstream government and community organisations. Karina is the former Deputy Chair of the Murri School Board and works on a casual basis tutoring with UQ in the Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work school as well as with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander unit. Currently working in a non-Indigenous organisation in mental health supporting workers with a psychological injury due to the workplace. Karina is also a current BMC Member, Co-convener of the First Nations and Allies Sub-Committee within the Qld Branch of the AASW.

Beni McKenzie's cultural background is Anglo-Celtic and he grew up in Kallangur near the confluence of the Pine Rivers on Turrbal land. Beni tries to learn and listen to the land he is on and the stories and deep history of this vast continent. Beni offers himself as an ally for First Nations peoples and communities.

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers