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ACT Branch World Social Work Day Breakfast 2019

Event Details
Date: 19 March 2019
Time: 7.00am - 8.30am
Venue: CIT Reid Campus, Canberra
State: ACT
CPD hrs: 1.5

Members and non-members: $35
Students: $25

Organiser: ACT Branch

Email the AASW ACT Branch or call the membership line 1800 630 124

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World Social Work Day 2019 AASW IFSW Promoting the Importance of Human Relationships

AASW ACT Branch invites you to a lively and informative World Social Work Day breakfast on 19 March 2019 with AASW Board Director AASW Anita Phillips.

Welcome to Country will be delivered by Caroline Hughes.

The theme of World Social Work Day this year is Promoting the Importance of Human Relationships. Tweet us pictures from the event, using the hashtag #WSWD19 and mentioning @aasw_

How can social workers have influence in ensuring that we get the best public policies to address social issues? Using the National Disability Insurance Scheme, (the NDIS), as an example, AASW Board director Anita Phillips will share what she believes were the primary influences during the formulation of that public policy.

About Anita Phillips

Anita PhillipsYou may have heard the saying “we get the government we deserve” or paraphrases such as “we get the politicians we deserve”. You may well have reflected on just how true this may be in the light of political upheavals in recent years. I believe that we come to a more accurate translation if we interpret “government” as the policies it produces, so we then come up with the possibility that “we get the policies we deserve”. I propose to use the formulation of disability policy as espoused in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to illustrate how we got this particular policy and could, or should we as social workers have done anything to ensure that this was a policy that people with disability and their carers truly deserved?

Anita has been a practising social worker in many fields for over forty years, including as an executive director with various government departments, most recently as Public Advocate/Public Guardian in the ACT until 2013. Anita has also been a Member of State Parliament. She is currently undertaking a PhD at the Institute of Governance and Policy Analysis at the University of Canberra and is a sessional lecturer at ACU. Anita has been re-elected as a Director on the National Board of the AASW for the past seven years.

Anita is the AASW Board's media spokesperson on social work registration. You can listen to her interview with the ABC's Steve Chase.


CIT Function Centre
Level 2, K Block
Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT Reid Campus)
37 Constitution Ave, Reid ACT 2601

Free parking available till 8.30am


Register via the panel to the right of this page.

Registrations close when capacity is reached.

1.5+ CPD hours. Category 3: Professional Identity.

A hot plated breakfast will be served. Please indicate any dietary requirements on your registration form.

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AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers