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Social Policy Summit - Mental Health + Drug and Alcohol

Event Details
Date: 23rd Mar 2020
Venue: City West Lotteries House, WA
State: Western Australia
CPD hrs: 2
Members $20.00
Non-Members $25.00
Student Members $20.00
Rural/Remote $20.00

Organiser: AASW WA Branch

AASW WA Branch Office

Ph: (08) 9420 7240



If you are a rural/remote social worker and would like to attend via Zoom link up, click here to register

General Information

Our Social Policy Group have identified three areas where we feel that Social Workers have an unique and invaluable perspective for shaping the lives of the vulnerable people in this state, this evening will focus on Mental Health + Drug and Alcohol.

The evening will consistent of a presentation from the field to inspire and stimulate discussion, then group workshop discussions that the AASW will take forward as position papers for to the Political Parties.

Please join us for this special initiative as we start 2020 by asking for change.

5.45pm - Arrival
6.00pm - Presentations from Trish Hitchins and Jason Ellis
6.45pm - Supper
7.00pm - Workshop Discussion
8.00pm - Close

Who should attend?

Any interested social workers, particularly those wishing to engage in discussion about social policy.

Meet the Presenters

Trish Hitchins has a background in Psychology, graduating from UWA in 1981 with a double major and then completed training as a Registered Mental Health Nurse in 1986. From there Trish went to work in what was then called the Alcohol and Drug Authority as a counsellor/nurse in the Central Drug Unit, which was a detox unit, then as the Coordinator of that Unit. From there Trish became the Manager of the methadone program, Community Services and Transmissible Diseases. Trish completed her Post Graduate in Counselling. After 13 years Trish moved to the southwest and raised her children. For the last 7 years she has worked for Palmerston Association, as a counsellor and then as the Coordinator starting a service in Katanning, and for the last 2 years has been the Coordinator in Perth. Trish has had a wide experience working in AOD and Mental Health, has been at the forefront back in the 90’s in relation to addressing and trying to resolve issues around comorbidity and service delivery.

Jason Ellis has extensive experience working across the CAMHS, Youth and Adult Mental Health service sector for government and non-government services for over 20 years. Jason has extensive experience in the managing and implementing mental health services for children and adolescents, youth and adults. He has overseen the implementation of Youth Axis, headspace Youth Early Psychosis Program and the Youth Hospital in The Home service and played a critical role in the planning, recruitment and retainment of staff within these services. As the Co-Director Mental Health Specialties Jason plays a critical role in providing strategic and operational leadership for State Forensic mental Health Services, Older Adult mental Health Services, Youth Mental Health, the Neurosciences Unit, Centre for Clinical Interventions and WA Eating Disorders Outreach and Consultation Service. In addition, he has also held critical leadership and strategic roles as the Chair of the headspace Fremantle, Rockingham and Mandurah Clinical Reference Group, Deputy Chair of the WA Suicide Prevention Network governance committee; WA branch committee member of the Australian Association of Social Workers, member of the Sustainable Health Review Clinical Reference Group, member of the Youth Health Policy working group, member of the Joondalup Wanneroo Mental Health SubNetwork and Advisory Panel member for the Mental Health Network (MHN) Training and Orientation Project. Jason leads through collaboration. He has been a champion for consumer and carer participation, supporting the introduction of a peer support worker at Youth HITH and collaborated on projects with young people with a lived experience. Jason has also been a champion in improving service delivery to Aboriginal and CaLD communities.


Conference Room

City West Lotteries House, 2 Delhi St, West Perth

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To Register to attend in person at CWLH please click under Registration to the right.

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AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers