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Regional and remote social services the focus of new NT conference

Published: 9 February 2017

Social workers and other allied health professionals interested in regional and remote service delivery and interdisciplinary human and community services are being invited to the Australian Association of Social Workers’ Dust, Diversity and Dedication Conference in Alice Springs on 20-22 March.

An opportunity to join in robust conversations, network, develop and exchange skills, the Conference will also celebrate World Social Work Day 2017.

Its interactive and informative workshops and presentations include Doing Good Work with Families: A Red Dust Approach, Building Cultural Safety into Aboriginal Social Work Student Field Placements, the advantages and challenges of working from a multidisciplinary approach to sexual assault in a rural settings, Holistic and Relational: Towards a Model for Domestic and Family Violence Service Delivery in Remote Aboriginal Communities, and Cultural Invisibility with the Australian Social Work Curriculum and Practice, and more.

Keynote speaker, Ros Darracott, is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker with the AASW and a clinical member of the Australian Association of Family Therapy. She has worked in rural and remote generalist social work, primarily in South West Queensland, and maintains her passion for community-embedded practice in her current role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology. Ros is particularly interested in contextually responsive practice and the role of critical reflection and professional supervision in practice development. Her PhD research refined the Practice Domain Framework so that it offers an evidence-based conceptual framework for understanding and guiding social care practice.

Jonathan Hermawan-Tjapaltjarri, the second keynote speaker, is the NT Manager for Red Dust Role Models, a youth health development charity. He is also the principal consultant, learning facilitator and youth role model for his own business, Fire and Water Consultancies. Jonathan is a multicultural and multilingual-initiated man and has, in his own words, “grown-up in the worlds of the in-between”. Jonathan’s mob live and love on Pintupi-Luritja country around Walungurru (Kintore) Community – and his work both on-or-off country, in the city or among his extensive family, kinship and cultural connections across the NT and WA, finds him passionate about transformed lives in spite of hardship and disadvantage.

Dust, Diversity and Dedication will provide up to 32 accredited CPD hours for AASW members and is proudly sponsored by Star of Alice, 102.1FM, Anglicare NT and The Northern Territory Government. Participants can register online now.

For media enquiries, phone Emma Pegrum, AASW Media and Marketing Manager, on 02 6199 5011 or 0408 200 191

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers