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Event Details
Date: Friday 6 November 2020
Time: 12pm - 5pm AEDT
Venue: Online
CPD hrs: 5 hours

Free for AASW Members

$99.00 for non-members

Organiser: AASW

*Please check your registration confirmation email as it will contain more information about registering for the truth-telling sessions. Limited spaces available, so register early! If you don't see your confirmation email in your inbox, please check your junk folder.


The 2020 AASW National Symposium will be held on 6 November 2020 and this year’s theme will be “Promoting Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Social Work”.

The one day event will bring together a wide range of professionals, key industry groups and stakeholders from across the health and human services to discuss and promote thoughts on the social work practices and ideas that shape Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander social work culture, research and teaching.

With a high-profile selection of keynote speakers, abstract presentations, truth-telling sessions, networking and more, the National Symposium is a fantastic opportunity for those looking to broaden their knowledge and gain valuable insights into Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander social work.

For more information please visit our website.

*Please note: This event is free for AASW Members. Registration for Non-members is $99.

Welcome to Country Presenter:

Richard Fejo:

Richard “Richie” Fejo is a Larrakia Man from Darwin from his father, his grandfather and his great grandfather in what culture calls “Grandfather lore”. Richard is also Warumungu from Tennant Creek on his mother’s side and holds a great amount of cultural knowledge and experiences from both northern and central Australia across the Northern Territory.  

Richard worked in family violence and drug and alcohol programs across several remote communities before becoming a Cultural Educator with Northern Territory General Practice Education for eleven years. During his time with NTGPE, Richie also became the Senior Cultural Education and Co-Chair of the national Cultural Educators and Cultural Mentors Network for five years. Richie stood down from the national co-chair position in 2017 and became the current Chairman of the Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation (LNAC) and resigned from cultural education in 2020 to become the Flinders University Elders on Campus in Darwin

Keynote Speakers:

Stan Grant:

Stan Grant is the Indigenous Affairs Editor for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, a multi-award winning current affairs host, an author and an adventurer. 

Stan Grant's Aboriginal heritage has shaped his dynamic, resilient personality. Born in Griffith in south-west New South Wales, in 1963, Stan Grant's mother is from the Kamilaroi people and his father is of the Wiradjuri. 

After attending University, Stan won a cadetship with the Macquarie Radio Network, launching a career in journalism that has spanned more than 30 years and more than 70 countries. In that time Stan has travelled the world covering the major stories of our time from the release of Nelson Mandela, the troubles in Northern Island, the death of Princess Diana, war in Iraq, the second Palestinian intifada, the war on terror, the South Asia Tsunami, the Pakistan Earthquake and the rise of China. Stan has hosted major news and current affairs programs on Australian commercial and public television.

Dr Stephanie Gilbert:

Dr Stephanie Gilbert has predominantly worked in higher education since the 1990s bringing a high level of expertise to leadership, research and education with a key focus on Indigenous higher education. Her areas of passion and expertise encompass three key areas:

  • Critical Indigenous studies including Aboriginal/Indigenous higher education; 
  • Scholarship and theoretical innovation focused upon removed children from Aboriginal families; and 
  • Exploring the social work practice of Indigenous social workers and engagement with Aboriginal communities 

Her publications and contributions to the field of social work have spanned several decades and include serving as the Hunter Branch President and Director, as well as her contributions to the development of social work in multiple Australian universities.

Her interest and passion for work in the Stolen Generations informed her honours, masters and phd studies and in 2018 lead to a year at University of California (Los Angeles) studying Inheritable memory and Body Dysphoria in Removed Children. 

Truth-telling Sessions:


Once you have registered for the National Symposium, you will receive a confirmation email from Delegate Connect ( that contains the information required to register for the Truth-telling sessions. If you would like to attend two sessions, you will be required to register for both sessions individually. Please ensure that you do not register for sessions that are taking place at the same time. To ensure that these sessions remain engaging, we have limited registrations for each session to 25 participants.

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