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AASW VIC World Social Work Day Breakfast 2020

Event Details
Date: 17 March 2020
Time: 8:30 - 10:00am (8:00am arrival & registration)
Venue: The Woodward Centre, 10th floor, Melbourne Law (Building 106) University of Melbourne, 185 Pelham Street Carlton, Victoria
State: Vic
CPD hrs: 1.5 hours

AASW Students $39

AASW New Graduates $44

AASW Members $49

Non-Members $59

Organiser: AASW Vic Branch

The AASW Victorian Branch is delighted to invite members and the wider social work community to join us for our annual World Social Work Day Breakfast Celebration.

The theme of World Social Work Day 2020 is Promoting the Importance of Human Relationships.

This year we have secured two esteemed Victorian social workers as our guest speakers:

  • Dr Mishel McMahon, Indigenous Academic Enrichment Advisor and Lecturer in Social Work, Latrobe Rural Health School presenting Relatedness as a Way of Being: A First Nations Perspective
  • Naomi Halpern, Director - Delphi Training and Consulting presenting “What’s wrong with you?” vs “What happened to you?”: Attachment, trauma and every other damn thing that can go wrong!

Keynote speakers

Dr Mishel McMahon

Mishel McMahon is a proud Yorta Yorta woman who grew up in a large rural family. As an adult Mishel has been a sole parent of four children, and now has three grandchildren.

Mishel completed a Bachelor of Human Services and Honours in Social Work in 2012 at Latrobe University.

Mishel has worked at Mildura Aboriginal Co-operative, Bendigo & District Aboriginal Co-operative BDAC, Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation, and as Indigenous Academic Enrichment Advisor at La Trobe. Mishel completed her PhD, undertaking research that revealed principles of First Nations childrearing,and completed a Masterclass in Indigenous Methodologies through QUT.

Mishel recently won the prestigious Victorian Premier's Research Awards for Aboriginal Research 2019, a Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership 2019, and now works as Social Work lecturer at Latrobe University's Shepparton Campus.

Naomi Halpern

Naomi is director of Delphi Training and Consulting, based in Victoria. She trained as a social worker in the UK and pursued post graduate studies in Human Rights at Curtin University, Western Australia.

Early in her career, Naomi worked with children in emergency care, homeless youth, and convicted offenders in government and NGO’s, providing advocacy, psychosocial education, recreational opportunities, skills training, supervision and counselling.

Since 1987 she has been in private practice specialising in complex and developmental trauma with survivors of abuse and other trauma. She has a wealth of experience working with people across cultures, socioeconomic groups, faiths and sexual orientation.

Naomi provides clinical consultation for PTSD, dissociative disorders and related comorbidity. A skilled speaker and trainer, she presents her work in complex trauma, vicarious trauma, resilience and work-place wellbeing, nationally and internationally to organizations including federal and state government agencies, community mental health centres, psychology practices, law firms, sexual assault centres and the United Nations.

Naomi is co-author with Dr Colin Ross of a treatment manual for trauma, dissociation and complex comorbidity.

She is a Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation.


The Woodward Centre
South and West Rooms
10th floor, Melbourne Law (Building 106)
University of Melbourne
185 Pelham Street
Carlton, Victoria, 3053

We recommend travelling by public transport where possible as building/road works are taking place in the area.

Tram: The closest tram stops are located on Swanston Street (stop #3 Lincoln Square/Pelham Street) and Haymarket/Elizabeth Street (stop #9) and the closest train station is Melbourne Central Station.

Train: The closest train station is Melbourne Central Station.

For those who are driving, please be aware that Grattan Street is currently closed between Royal Parade and Leicester Street for the Metro Train Project Works. There are a number of metered car parks on Royal Parade and surrounding streets. Ticketed public parking is available at three locations within the University of Melbourne Parkville campus from 6am onwards.

Here is a map of the area around the Woodward Conference Centre. For further queries around parking and access, please enquire with the venue directly on 8344 5254 or email


Register via the panel to the right of this page.

Registrations close midday on Thursday 12 March 2019. If you have missed this deadline please phone Anneka at the AASW Victorian Branch on 9320 1012 to discuss.

A hot plated breakfast will be served. Please indicate any dietary requirements on your registration form.

1.5+ CPD hours. Category 3: Professional Identity/participation in World Social Work Day activities.

Student Special Consideration Places

Up to four free places have been allocated for social work students who would like to attend this breakfast, in exchange for contributing to the smooth running of the event on the day. This will give you first hand exposure to experienced practitioners & committee members in a practical environment. Tasks could include assisting on registration desk, ushering, roving mike, timekeeping, set up/pack up etc. To apply please complete and email the form below to

Student Student Special Consideration Places Form

More Information

The Victorian Branch Management Committee is delighted to be hosting this annual event and look forward to the opportunity to meet those of you who can join us to celebrate the significant and enduring contribution of social work in Victoria.

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