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AASW (WA) AMHSW & Private Practice Networking Night

Event Details
Date: 31 July 2018
Time: 6.00pm to 8.00pm
Venue: City West Lotteries House, WA
State: WA
CPD hrs: AASW members can claim CPD hours under category 3 : 2 hours


Members- $15
Rural Members via Webinar- $15
Non-members- $30
Students and Retired Members: $10

No Refunds after the 1st of July.

Organiser: AASW WA
Further information

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AMHSW & Private Practice Networking Night - Event and Webinar for Members
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Rural members: Please email the WA Branch to register for your webinar link

The AASW will be holding a networking night for Mental Health social workers and social workers involved in private practice. This networking night will include discussions regarding issues related to Mental Health social work and working in private practice.

The event will include;

  • Presentation from the Health and Disability Services Complaints Office, Director Sarah Cowie and Project Officer Kieran Handmer, 'Implementation of the National Code of Conduct for health care workers in Western Australia'
  • Discussions regarding current issues related to working in Mental Health or in Private Practice
  • The opportunity to ask questions and raise issues regarding MHSW and SW in Private Practice.
  • Refreshments & Finger Food.
  • The opportunity to network with other MHSW and Private Practice social workers.

For rural members who wish to attend please contact the Branch after registration and we will provide details for you to connect to the webinar on the day.

Registrations are essential.

About Sarah Cowie and Kieran Handmer

Sarah Cowie, Director, Health and Disability Services Complaints Office
Sarah Cowie was appointed to the position of Director, Health and Disability Services Complaints Office on 1 April 2016 (HaDSCO), with responsibility for the delivery of the Office's functions, set out within the Health and Disability Services (Complaints) Act 1995, Part 6 of the Disability Services Act 1993 and Part 19 of the Mental Health Act 2014. These functions include: an independent complaint resolution service; undertaking investigations; reviewing and reporting the causes of complaints and recommending service improvements, and providing education and training in the prevention and resolution of complaints.
Sarah has extensive experience in complaint handling and leading teams in the area of complaints and investigations having taken up the position following a 15-year career in the Western Australian Ombudsman's Office where she held a range of positions which included the Assistant Ombudsman Complaint Resolution, a position she held from 2012.

Sarah has also worked on a range of strategic initiatives at the State, national and international levels. These include working to strengthen Ombudsman services in Indonesia, developing and delivering complaint handling training for the public sector and developing national guidelines for use by Ombudsman offices and other public sector agencies across Australia. Prior to joining the Ombudsman's office, Sarah was employed in the Western Australian public sector for 17 years.

Kieran Handmer, Project Officer, Health and Disability Services Complaints Office

Kieran Handmer is a Project Officer at the Health and Disability Services Complaints Office. Kieran commenced working at HaDSCO in January 2017, and is responsible for completing strategic projects and research undertaken by the Office. Kieran also oversees the Office’s data management and reporting function.

Prior to joining HaDSCO, Kieran worked in the research and program evaluation industry in Canada for over a decade. Kieran was responsible for designing and delivering a wide range of program evaluation and research projects across a number of sectors including health, community and social services, children and youth services, education, workforce training and development, and transportation. Across his roles, Kieran was responsible for project implementation, including collection and analysis of data, and relationship management with project stakeholders.

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