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Privacy, Confidentiality, Documentation and Court Appearances – Understand your legal obligations to minimise your risk

Event Details
Date: 3rd April 2019
Time: 2:00-5:00pm
Venue: AASW Melbourne Office, VIC
State: VIC
CPD hrs: 3 hours

AASW Student Members $25

AASW New Graduates $30

AASW Members $35

Non-Members $45

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 legal information you need to know to improve your daily social work practice. This information will assist you to minimise your legal risks and survive the court process.

Topics covered:

  1. The definitions of Privacy vs Confidentiality.
  2. An explanation of clients’ rights and your obligations:
    • the duty of confidentiality;
    • exceptions to this duty; and,
    • when it is your duty to breach confidentiality.
  3. How to address the conflicts in confidentiality.
  4. Documenting clinical notes and writing reports for court: content, access, storage and litigation.
  5. Subpoenas and your obligations.
  6. Attending court, giving evidence and your conduct in court.

Learning Objectives

The Slater and Gordon Legal Education Program for Social Workers enables participants to address the knowledge gaps that they have. Social work is an increasingly complex practice and as social workers have the role of a ‘trusted advisor’ to their clients, it is vital they are providing them with accurate information when it comes to their legal rights and entitlements. It is also very important in this environment that social workers understand the law as it impacts on their daily practice.

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 others 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.


Julia Bravis
Julia Bravis is a Lawyer who first joined Slater and Gordon in 2011. She has been part of the Melbourne Motor Vehicle Accident team since 2014, though she has also worked in the firm’s Dandenong, Ringwood and Frankston offices. In her time at Slater and Gordon Julia has worked with a diverse range of clients and is regularly involved in litigation in various jurisdictions, including the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and the County and Supreme Courts.


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 particularly due to road/building works in the area. 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). We are an 10 minute walk from Melbourne Central station or you can get off at North Melbourne station and catch the 401 bus to Royal Melbourne Hospital. 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.

The Blackwood St Car Park (located on the ground level the AASW is located in) is currently offering a $10 flat rate per day per exit between 7:30am to 7:30pm. The car park accommodates up to 200 cars. If you book online prior to arrival the rate is only $9. Visit Blackwood St Car Park to book or for more information.


AASW Students: $25
AASW New Graduates: $30
AASW members: $35
Non members: $45

Includes afternoon tea and refreshments.


Registrations end Monday 25 March 2019 or when capacity is reached.

3 CPD hours. Categories: Skills and Knowledge.

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AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers