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ACSW Presents: Environmental Social Work

Event Details
Venue: Online
CPD hrs: 1 hr

Free for ACSW members

$20 AASW Members

$50 Full Fee

Organiser: Aust College of Social Work

The webinar on Environmental Social Work, presented by ACSW Foundation Fellow Professor Margaret Alston, is an engaging and comprehensive overview of this new area of social work. Margaret shares with us her journey into environmental social work and the research being undertaken in this area.


Learning Objectives: ACSW Presents

The Australian College of Social Work was set up in 2011 within the AASW to recognise and promote advanced social work practice and provide leadership in practice excellence. The College recognises and acknowledges the highest professional standards and qualifications that social workers offer and promotes social work excellence and expertise. Our Foundation Fellows are committed to providing leadership in this first phase of the College and to its goals for Australian social work into the future.



Professor Margaret Alston OAM, B.Soc. Stud (Syd), Dip. Comp. Applic. (RMIHE), M. Litt (UNE), PhD (UNSW) assumed duties as Head of Department in July 2008. Prior to commencing at Monash she was Professor of Social Work and Human Services and Director of the Centre for Rural Social Research (a subprogram of the Institute of Land, Water and Society) at Charles Sturt University. She is an Honorary Professor at the University of Sydney and at Charles Sturt University. At Monash University she has established the Gender, Leadership and Social Sustainability (GLASS) research unit which has attracted 18 PhD students. The Patron of GLASS is the Governor-General, Ms Quentin Bryce.

In 2010 Margaret was awarded one of Australia’s highest honours the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to the community, social work and to rural women.

She has been Chair of the Australian Council of Heads of Schools of Social Work since 2008. She has served on a number of Boards including the Foundation for Australian Agricultural Women, the Family Services Council, Family and Community Services Department in Canberra and the National Women's Advisory Group overseeing the Rural Women's Policy Unit in the Department of Primary Industries and Energy. In 2008 Professor Alston was appointed to the Australian delegation attending the Commission for the Status of Women meeting in New York. She was appointed as a gender advisor to the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) in 2012-13. In 2009, 2007 and 2003 she spent time as a visiting expert in the Gender Division of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation in Rome. She has also acted as a gender expert for UN-Habitat in Kenya in 2009. She has published widely in the field of rural gender and rural social issues. She has been a keynote speaker at a number of national and international conferences over the last several years and is sought out for media commentary on the rural social condition, and on climate change and gender issues.



  • ACSW Members may access the material at no charge. If you have not yet been provided with the access code, please email with your SWOT login and full name as per your ACSW membership.
  • AASW members: $20
  • Full Fee: $50



AASW Members and non-members: click on the link to the right of this page. Once registered, you will receive an email instructing you how to access the material on SWOT.

ACSW Members may access the material at no charge. If you have not yet been provided with the access code, please email with your SWOT login and full name as per your ACSW membership.​


AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers