AASW National Symposium 2017
Published: 2 November 2017
The Australian Association of Social Workers National Symposium 2017 is an opportunity to highlight and recognise the incredible work that social workers do every day in advocating for social justice and human rights, the AASW Chief Executive Officer, Cindy Smith, said today.
The theme for this year is ‘Advocacy and social work: creating individual and social change’ and will be held 30 November – 2 December 2017 at the Hotel Grand Chancellor, Tasmania.
"Advocacy is a core skill of the social work profession and has been since its beginning. In their commitment to a more just and inclusive society, social workers have always advocated for the rights of individuals, groups and communities in Australia, and all over the world" said Ms Smith.
Ms Smith said that given the current political and social climate, social work advocacy skills are of incredible importance to address the increasing climate of discrimination and marginalisation.
"The symposium provides an important opportunity to highlight the knowledge and skills that social workers possess to create individual and social change across numerous areas, including practice, research, education and policy."
"The event is an excellent networking opportunity for social workers, and other professionals, to learn about innovative practices and the contribution of the profession in numerous fields" said Ms Smith.
The AASW represents over 10,000 professional social workers.