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Celebrating LGBTIQ Social Work

Event Details
Date: Tuesday 27th February, 2018
Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Venue: ACON Meeting Centre, ACON Cafe, 414 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills, NSW

$30 regular AASW member
$25 student member
$40 non-member

Organiser: AASW NSW
Further information

02 9615 4005

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2 CPD hours

AASW NSW invites you to an LGBTIQ-safe Panel Discussion evening to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Understanding sexual and gender diversity adds strength to any practice. When we explore diversity, we also explore the unspoken social scripts and mores about sex and gender. This diverse panel will discuss issues faced by sexual- and gender-diverse community members and best practice examples of working with gender diverse population groups and strategies to make your practice diverse friendly.

This event is aimed to provide you with a necessary basis for understanding the diversified and unique needs of the gender-diverse community. Furthermore, it seeks to improve your personal practice with sexual- and gender-diverse people and add to the strengths of your organisation when working alongside sexual- and gender-diverse individuals.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Developing sensitivity regarding the terms and language used by and with people presenting with diversity in gender identity and/or expression
  • Recognising diversity in gender identity & expression and respond appropriately
  • Identifying the needs of sexual and gender diverse community members
  • Engaging with Critical Social Work Theory, including Queer Theory and Crip Theory
  • Culturally affirming practice with the LGBTIQ community and developing services that are more accessible and inclusive
  • Articulating the impact of heteronormativity on the wellbeing of LGBTIQ people
  • Identifying best practice with social workers in the field
  • Developing LGBTQI networks and increasing awareness of LGBTQI resources in the community.

Who should attend:

This Panel Discussion event is aimed at social workers practising within the fields of health, human services and research who want more knowledge and practical guidance about working with the LGBTIQ community. Other professionals such as occupational therapists, physiotherapists, psychologists, counsellors, welfare workers and youth workers are also invited to attend.


Associate Professor Cate Thomas has worked as a private social policy consultant, delivered keynote addresses, and is now the Associate Dean Academic in the Faculty of Science at Charles Sturt University (CSU) and will welcome and guide our panel members as both a representative of the LGBTIQ community, and the diverse CSU community.

Meet the Panel:

  • Denise Beckwith – Diversity Consultant
  • Fiona Magee – AOD Social Worker at St Vincent’s Hospital and LGBTIQ Rights Advocate
  • Jack Whitney – LGBTIQ Advocate & Community Organiser
  • Chantelle Martin – Community Service Worker, Sex Workers Outreach Project Inc.
  • TL Tran – Social Worker Care Coordination Team, Community Care Unit, ACON

Light refreshments will be provided.

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers