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AASW (WA) Social Policy & Advocacy Seminar

Event Details
Date: 27 June 2017
Time: 6.30pm - 8.00pm
Venue: City West Lotteries House, WA
State: WA
CPD hrs: AASW members can claim CPD hours under category 2 : 1.5 hours

Members - $10

Non-Members - $15

Rural Members via webinar- FREE - Please contact the Branch at

No Refunds after the 26 May.

Organiser: AASW WA
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Social Policy and Advocacy Seminar & Webinar
Join us for light refreshments

Rural members: Please email the WA Branch to register for your FREE webinar link

The Social Policy & Advocacy Practice Group and the AASW WA Branch are hosting a seminar to provide information and seek feedback regarding social policy and advocacy priorities, as well as an opportunity to network with other social workers. A panel discussion of experienced social workers involved in social policy and advocacy will highlight the night.

The Panel Discussion
The Panel will present on policy development and advocacy including presentations and time for questions regarding;
  • Policy development in government.
  • Policy development and advocacy in the not for profit sector.
  • Community Based Advocacy.

There will be time for discussions and questions of the panel as well as networking with other social workers.

See below for more information about the panel.

Terry Simpson:

Terry Simpson completed his Social Work degree at University of Queensland in 1970. He has since worked in Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia in the fields of child protection, corrections and disability services. His most recent appointments within Government were Executive Director, Prisons, Department of Justice (1999-2004), Executive Director, Corporate Services, Ministry of Justice (1996-1999) and Assistant Director General, Department for Community Services (1987-1996). He retired from the position of WA State Manager, National Disability Services in 2014 and now works part time as a consultant

Dr Jennie Gray:

Jennie Gray is Manager, Social Policy, Poverty and Equity at the Western Australian Council for Social Service (WACOSS), responsible for providing strategic advocacy and policy development aimed at strengthening the capacity of the community relief and resilience sector. Jennie was Anglicare WA’s Regional Manager, in the South Metro and North West, from 2004-2013 and 2014-2017 respectively. This included seven years based in the Kimberley, coordinating services delivered through the agency’s offices in Broome, Derby, Kununurra, Halls Creek and Karratha. Her professional career in the human services sector has spanned practice, management and research roles, in a variety of contexts. Previously she was the Coordinator of the Helping Young People Engage Project, Broome; undertaken research for the Shire of Broome in preparation for the development of a Social Plan for the region; sessional educator and research assistant at Curtin University and University of Western Australia; and has worked variously in the women’s health sector in Perth. In addition to a Bachelor of Social Work attained at the University of Western Australia, Jennie has a Doctorate of Philosophy, completed through the School of Social Work and Social Policy, and a Bachelor of Business, both undertaken at Curtin University of Technology.

Dr Susan Bailey BSW(Hons) PhD(W.Aust) MAASW

Dr. Susan Bailey has been deeply connected to issues of social justice all her life. Sue’s ancestors
 were ‘free settlers’ who established sheep farming as their livelihood in the mid-1800s
 after dispossessing the Kaurna people of their land in South Australia.

Sue’s commitment to social justice drove her career
 as a social worker, and then to a PhD. 
She has had an expansive career working as a change agent in academia,
 government, non-government and community sectors. Sue has a reputation as an educator, practitioner
 and researcher who is deeply engaged, inclusive and 
authentic – she lives the values she espouses.

Sue is an activist and influencer in the emerging and
 ever-evolving field of eco-social work. 
With an interest in supporting humans to reconnect with the natural
 systems they rely upon for life, Sue has been a collaborative leader in 
bringing eco-social work to the mainstream of social work understanding in WA.

Sue is an active member of the Perth community in the
 urban agricultural space, through the establishment and 
support of local community gardens.

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  • Registration is essential. Please register online.
  • Rural members should contact the AASW WA Branch for their Free webinar link.

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