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South Australian Branch Joint Agency Symposium - Social Work Futures

Event Details
Venue: Online
CPD hrs: Up to 5 hours

AASW Members: Free
Non members: $49
If you attended the event please email for free access.

Organiser: AASW SA, Flinders University, University of South Australia

Recordings of keynote presentations from the South Australian Joint Agency Social Work Symposium 2017 "Social Work Futures".

This event sought to bring leaders and challengers from across the practitioner spectrum together to discuss four key elements of shaping change for the future of social work including:

  • the future of human rights in social care,
  • supervision models,
  • reclaiming professional judgement and
  • ethical deliberation

The Symposium was sponsored by:


  • Opening Address: Charlotte Williams OBE Rethinking social work futures: demonstrating impact in a changing world
  • Keynote Address: Anita Philips Regulation of the Social Work Profession; Options
  • Opening Address: Simon Schrapel Child Protection – An insoluble problem or an opportunity for bold thinking?
  • Keynote Address: Donna McAuliffe What Social Work now needs to do to expand practice competence by incorporating the ‘networked life’.
  • Reflections and Plans of Action - Panel Presentation hosted by Kathryn McEwen

To view program from the event

Presenter details

Professor Charlotte Williams OBE is Deputy Dean and Professor of Social Work at RMIT University. She has some 30 years of experience in social work education, the last 10 years of which have been in senior academic leadership roles. Charlotte is a professionally qualified social worker and has worked in a range of social services including housing, health and social development, as well as statutory social work in the UK and internationally. Charlotte has worked extensively with public policy organisations in England and Wales and more recently in Australia. She has held a number of public appointments in the UK and served on Advisory boards of numerous non-governmental organisations. In 2007 she was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list for services to ethnic minorities and equal opportunities. Charlotte currently serves as an Executive member of the Australian Heads of Schools of Social work. Charlotte research interests focus on issues of migration, multiculturalism and cross cultural practice. She has recently edited a Special Issue for the leading international journal: British Journal of Social Work entitled: A World on the Move: Migration, Mobilities and Social Work (2014) Vol.44 (1). Her most recent book (2016) ‘Social Work and the City: urban themes in 21st Century Social Work’ is published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Anita Phillips graduated from the University of Melbourne forty years ago. Anita has utilised her social work knowledge and skills in regional North Queensland, the Hunter region and in metropolitan Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra federal, state, local and non-government agencies. She has also completed a Master of Public Administration, a postgraduate Diploma in Legal Studies and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Anita is currently engaged as sessional university lecturer in the ACT and Queensland and as a public policy consultant. She has been a Director of the AASW Board since 2012.

Simon Schrapel AM BA Social Work, Grad Dip Management, MPolAdmin is the Chief Executive of Uniting Communities. Originally trained in Social Work, Simon has spent more than 30 years in social services practice, management and policy development and advocacy in both the Government and not-for-profit sectors in Australia, the United Kingdom and Sri Lanka. Simon joined Uniting Communities as Chief Executive in mid-2010 with a commitment to build on the organisation’s history and reputation as a progressive agency for social change, reconciliation and fostering compassionate and resilient communities. In 2017, Simon was awarded a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for significant service to the community, particularly to children and families through social welfare organisations, programs and initiatives.

Professor Donna McAuliffe is Deputy Head of School (Learning & Teaching) and Professor in the School of Human Services and Social Work at Griffith University. She has a social work practice background in mental health, legal social work, community development and program management, and moved into academia in 2000 to develop curriculum and research on professional ethics. Donna has been actively involved with the AASW for over 30 years and led the last revision of the AASW Code of Ethics (2010). She is a Foundation Fellow of the Australian College of Social Work. She is co-author of the 4th edition text 'Road to Social Work and Human Service Practice' and sole author of the book ‘Interprofessional Ethics: Collaboration in the Social, Health and Human Services’. Donna’s current research agenda is in ‘e-professionalism’ and the ethics of social media.


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