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Dust, Diversity & Dedication Conference 2017

Event Details
Date: 20, 21 & 22nd March 2017
Venue: Star of Alice Function Centre, 31 Palm Circuit ALICE SPRINGS NT
CPD hrs: Up to 32 hours.

Member and non member prices available.

Organiser: AASW NT

AASW NT Branch
0499 988 489

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Diversity, Dust & Dedication: NT Conference

All people employed in inter-disciplinary positions in the human services and community sectors are invited to the Northern Territory Branch Conference that will be held at the Star of Alice Function Centre in Alice Springs in March 2017. It will be an interactive & informative event that focuses on sharing and upgrading skills.

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Keynote speakers

Ros Darracott, a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology, has a background in rural and remote generalist social work practice, primarily in South West Queensland. She is currently working full-time in academia but maintains her passion for community-embedded practice. She is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker with the AASW and a clinical member of the Australian Association of Family Therapy. Ros has a particular interest in contextually responsive practice and the role of critical reflection and professional supervision in practice development. Professional supervision comprises a large component of Ros’ consultancy work. Her PhD research refined the Practice Domain Framework so that it offers an evidence-based conceptual framework for understanding and guiding social care practice. The framework, which acknowledges the role that community and place have in shaping practice, has application to a range of contexts and is well suited to assisting in critical reflection and professional supervision processes.

Jonathan Hermawan-Tjapaltjarri Based in Alice Springs, Jonathan is the NT Manager for Red Dust Role Models, a youth health development charity, and principal consultant, learning facilitator & youth role model for his own business, Fire & Water Consultancies. Jonathan is a multi-cultural and multi-lingual initiated man, and in his own words, “has grown-up in the worlds of the in-between”. His personal life story is both an interrogation & inspiration of this. Jonathan’s mob live & love on Pintupi-Luritja country around Walungurru (Kintore) Community – and his work both on-or-off country, in the city or amongst his extensive family, kinship and cultural connections across the NT and WA, finds him passionate about transformed lives in spite of hardship and disadvantaged. First and foremost a community man, father, brother, uncle, nephew & son - Jonathan also has qualifications as a teacher/educator, AOD worker, musician, Aboriginal theology & spirituality, automotive mechanics, community development and language translation.

The Venue

Star of Alice Function Centre
Lot 337 Palm Circuit
Alice Springs NT

About the theme

Dust includes grass root programs, remote/regional practice, unique approaches to desert environments and innovative practices and stories from practitioners in these settings.

Diversity includes working in cross-cultural settings, particularly working with Aboriginal communities and working with multi-disciplines

Dedication includes self-care in remote/regional practice, how to promote, attract and support professionals and social work students to remote/regional settings

World Social Work Day Awards Dinner

Our Conference Dinner falls in line with World Social Work Day so what a great opportunity to recognise and celebrate people's achievements in our profession!

Please don't forget to register for the Conference Dinner which is an additional cost to the Conference registration.


1 Day

2 Day

Students $195 $270







World Social Work Day Awards Dinner (21 March 2017)



Register for the conference

Conference registration

Register for the pre- and post-conference workshops

Pre-conference workshop registration

Pre-conference workshop: "How, in our personal and professional lives, can we be agents for social change in our community around end of life care?"

This workshop will look at the notion of Compassionate Communities - a growing movement for social change around end of life care in Australia and overseas which involves collaborations between health services and the broader community to build community resilience around death, dying, loss and care.

When: Monday 20 March 2017
Time: 9:00am-12noon
Cost: FREE
Venue: Star of Alice Function Centre

Post-conference workshop registration

Post-conference workshop: "Trauma, Identity and Hope" - Richard Elms

Don't miss out on this great addition to your Conference experience! A one day workshop in Alice Springs for professionals who provide counselling, youth work, casework or pastoral services to children, adolescents or adults who have experienced trauma or complex trauma.

When: Thursday, 23rd March 2017
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
Cost: $264.00 per person

Read the workshop flyer for more information. Email Richard Elms to register.


The conference will feature a Market Place on Days 2 and 3, giving local organisations and services the opportunity to connect with social workers and other allied health representatives from across the NT and Australia! The market stalls will display and sell locally made ceramics, jewellery, artwork, books and other handicrafts and resources to our conference delegates. The information stalls - giving an informal platform to connect, inform and inspire our conference delegates.

Pre-Conference workshop spaces available!

AASW is seeking individuals or organisations interested in presenting a three-hour workshop on Monday 20 March, before the conference. For a reasonable negotiated fee the AASW will promote your workshop in the Conference program. All bookings and payments for the workshop will need to be coordinated by the presenter's organisation. For more information, contact the AASW NT Branch.

More information

p: 0499 988 489

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers