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Legal Education Seminar for Social Workers: Legal Issues of Capacity in the Health Arena

Event Details
Date: 20th September 2018
Time: 3:00-5:00pm
Venue: AASW Melbourne Office, VIC
State: VIC
CPD hrs: 2 hours

AASW Students: $20

AASW New Graduates: $25

AASW Members: $30

Non-Members: $40

Organiser: AASW Victorian Branch & Slater and Gordon
Further information

Phone: 9320 1012

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The AASW in conjunction with Slater & Gordon Lawyers is pleased to present this workshop which will provide the information you need to know to improve your daily social work practice to assist you to minimise your legal risks and survive the court process.

Learning Objectives


  • Capacity is defined from legal and medical perspectives and how it relates to informed consent for adults and minors.
  • The financial and personal powers of attorney are explained and how they apply pre and post 01/09/15.
  • The medical power of attorney; the medical treatment decision maker; and, the Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016 are discussed.
  • The role of VCAT for Guardianship and Administration orders.
  • Advance care planning and end of life decisions are explored.

Who should attend?

Social Workers who wish to address knowledge gaps they have. Some components of the session will consolidate current knowledge and skills of participants and for other this will be new or extended learning. The session allows the opportunity to ask the presenters legal questions pertaining to the topic and to their area of legal practice.


Jane McCullough is a Senior Associate Lawyer at Slater & Gordon and has specialised in achieving best outcomes for clients seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents since joining Slater and Gordon Lawyers in 2007. She first qualified as a barrister in Ireland in 2002 and has a wide and varied work history including the Irish Commission for Justice and Peace and the International Commission of Jurists. Jane also has a European Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation.


AASW Melbourne Office
Level 7, 14-20 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne

The AASW office is close to Flemington Road and near the Royal Women's and Royal Melbourne Hospitals.

Please note: Travel via public transport is recommended. The office is close to the CBD and a short walk from the Haymarket Walk/Elizabeth Street tram stop (trams 19 & 59) and the Grattan Street tram stop (trams 55 & 59). Parking in the area is generally on-street, metered parking and is limited. There are limited 2 hour free street parking spaces near-by in Courtney Street or metered 4 hour parking in Blackwood Street, Howard Street and surrounds.

There is also a parking facility at the VCCC building that offers safe car parking every day of the week from 6:00am to 9:00pm. Cost is $14 for 1-2 hours or $20. Visit for details.

There are facilities available outside the building to lock bikes.


AASW Students: $20
AASW New Graduates: $25
AASW members: $30
Non members: $40

Includes afternoon tea and refreshments.


Please see details on the right of this page to register.
2 CPD hours. Categories: Skills and Knowledge.

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers