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AASW (WA) Meet the Employer

Event Details
Date: 29 November 2017
Time: 2.00pm to 5:00pm
Venue: City West Lotteries House, WA
State: Western Australia
CPD hrs: AASW Members can claim CPD Hours under Category 2

Registrations (limit 40 places)

Member: Free
Non-Member: $5.00

Or become a member at the pro rata rate (@14 Sept 2017) of >$40 Students and >$149 New Graduates to attend at the member rate.

Organiser: AASW WA Branch
Further information

AASW WA office

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Meet the Employer

Date and Time: Wednesday 29 November 2.00pm– 5.00pm
Venue: City West Lotteries House, 2 Delhi Street West Perth, 6005

Rural Members- Please email the WA Branch to register for your FREE webinar link.

The AASW-WA Branch is pleased to be hosting a ‘Meet the Employer’ event for social work students, new graduates and those who want to know about employment opportunities. At this event you will meet employers from the welfare, community and health services sector and learn first-hand about:
• Job opportunities for social workers and career pathways;
• What to expect when going through the job application process;
• Tips on how to get your application shortlisted and good interview techniques;
• Stories from past recruitment processes, the good, the bad and... mediocre.

Please come along and meet our distinguished guests:Ann Brown, Mary Joyce, Marie Slattery and Jason Ellis with more employers to be confirmed.

Mary Joyce, Head of Department, Social Work, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital
Mary Joyce is currently the Chief Social Worker at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (SCGH), a 600 bed tertiary hospital in Perth, Western Australia. The Social Work Department employs approximately 50 social workers and provides a service to all clinical areas, including weekend services in high volume areas.
Following graduation she worked in the United Kingdom in hospital and elderly health care settings. Mary is a Fellow of the Australian College of Health Service Managers. Mary currently sits on the Board of Studies, School of Social Work and Social Administration, University of Western Australia.

Marie Slattery, Senior Research Consultant, Parkerville Children and Youth Care
Marie Slattery has worked with Parkerville Children and Youth Care in March 2013, first as the outreach coordinator and now as Senior Research Consultant. She has been responsible for recruitment, professional supervision and development of her staff. Marie co-wrote the organisations policy on professional supervision and is one of the training facilitators for this.

Jason Ellis, Acting Program Manager, Youth Mental Health Services, North Metropolitan Health Services Mental Health Public Health and Ambulatory Care
Jason Ellis is the Acting Program Manager at Youth Mental Health Services and a Social Worker by profession (Bachelor of Social Work 1997; Master of Social Work 2008). Jason has extensive experience in the management and implementation of mental health services for children and adolescents, youth and adults. He has overseen the implementation of Youth Axis, headspace Youth Early Psychosis Program and more recently the Youth Hospital in The Home service and played a critical role in the planning, recruitment and retainment of staff within these services.

Elizabeth Barnes, CEO of Directions Disability Support Services
Elizabeth Barnes is an Occupational Therapist, originally from the UK. Having previously worked for Silver Chain and Alzheimer’s WA, Elizabeth took on the role of CEO at Directions Disability Support Services 2 years ago. Elizabeth has been a Board member of Carers WA, St Bartholomew’s House and Great Southern GP Network. Elizabeth chaired the South West WA Medical Local, and is am currently a member of the WA Committee of Australasian Society for Intellectually Disability, and Vice Chair WA Individualised Services.

Mark Kerns, Managing Director of Kern Allies Health

Mark Kerns, Managing Director of Kern Allied Health, is a physiotherapist by training, graduating from Curtin University in 1997. Mark has worked in various senior roles at Fremantle Hospital, regionally in Broome and Carnarvon, and in the UK at the Royal London, Royal Manchester, Royal Liverpool, Royal Surrey and Whipps Cross Hospitals. Mark has always worked very closely with multi-disciplinary allied health departments and was the clinical lead in the development of an intermediate care facility as part of a pilot model for the NHS in East London.In 2006, Mark started Kern Allied Health to provide the allied health services to the Peel Health Campus, which is the Ramsay operated public hospital in Mandurah.

Sharon McFarlane, Sector Development Manager, Department of Communities, Disability Services
Sharon McFarlane is currently employed with the Department of Communities, Disability Services, prior to that Sharon was employed at My Place(non-government ) and previous to that, a range of employment across government and non-government in Western Australia and the UK. Sharon has worked in the areas of disability, refugees, mental health and child protection areas in community and health care settings. Sharon is a qualified Social Worker and is a member of the WA Committee of Australasian Society for Intellectually Disability.

Suzanne Velarde, Sector Engagement team, Department of Communities, Disability Services
Suzanne Velarde is currently employed with the Department of Communities, Disability Services, within the Sector Engagement team. Suzanne has a background in health promotion, marketing and communications and has worked in the areas of disability, mental health, women’s health and primary health across government and non-government in Western Australia for the past 13 years.

Jade Santa Maria, Senior Practice Development Officer/Senior Operational Policy Officer, Child Protection & Children in Care Policy, Department for Child Protection

I have postgraduate degrees in Social Work from UWA and Psychology and Health Sciences from Curtin University. Social Work has taken me across a pathway of career opportunities in child protection, foster care, adoptions, seniors interests and volunteering, children and youth, and premier & cabinet. It has been an amazing and learning experience in metro and regional from frontline child protection case investigations, case management; recruitment and tender panel; training facilitator, signs of safety court convenor, practice and policy, supervisor and mentor over 20 years. With these also come huge learning, dealing with conflict, accepting graciously, adapting, flexibility, mindfulness and “trying” to be emotionally intelligent with colleagues, staff, clients and others. Importantly: self-care! My best times are being with people who inspire like community elders, children and adults, and clients, listening to their stories; learning from them. It is about working alongside, learning from mistakes/judgement calls, and constantly learning and discovering. My message: turn adversities / brickwalls / challenges as stepping stones to reach desired dreams and goals.

To guarantee your place please register as soon as possible, as places are limited. Refreshments will be provided.


Registration Fee

AASW Members* free
Non-Members $5.00

Maximum Registrations: 40
Registration Closing Date: 29 November 2017
Cancellation Policy: No refunds after 1 October 2017

At the Branch we need to make a call on whether a workshop is viable to proceed with at least 10 working days out from the day. With this in mind, if you want to attend one of our CPD opportunities, please do consider registering early... it also means you won't be left out if its a popular workshop with high demand.

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