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Regional and remote social work on Alice Springs' agenda

Published: 16 March 2017

Next week Australian social workers and other allied health professionals working in regional and remote services will gather in Alice Springs for the AASW NT Branch’s Dust, Diversity and Dedication Conference on 20–22 March.

As well as an opportunity to network and join in robust conversations about grassroots programs and remote and regional social work practice, convenor Kalikamurti Suich says the conference will celebrate World Social Work Day 2017. The winner of the annual Mary Moylan NT Social Worker of the Year Award will also be announced at the event.

“Among the conference’s workshops and presentations will be explorations of innovative approaches to rural and regional social work, Aboriginal social work student placements and multidisciplinary approaches to sexual assault in a rural setting,” said Ms Suich.

“Domestic and family violence service delivery will also be explored along with Australian social work curriculum and practice, clinical supervision and working with Aboriginal children and their families.”

The Mary Moylan NT Social Worker of the Year Award will be presented at the dinner on Wednesday 22 March. The award is named after dedicated social worker, Mary Moylan, who passed away in 1996 and Ms Suich says it seeks to commemorate and celebrate her life and work by recognising the dedication and achievement of other Northern Territory social workers.

“The competition for the award is always strong and reflects the high social work standards and skills in the Territory. Suhaila Rizqallah, a social worker of 20 years’ experience across rural and urban communities, was last year’s winner,” Ms Suich said.

As well as the award ceremony, the conference dinner at the Star of Alice Convention Centre will celebrate World Social Work Day and the commitment of social workers to social justice, self-determination and human rights. The Australian Association of Social Workers represents more than 9,000 members of the profession.

The Dust, Diversity and Dedication Conference will provide up to 32 accredited CPD hours for AASW members and is proudly sponsored by Anglicare NT and The Northern Territory Government. Participants can register online and journalists are welcome to attend.

For more information, please contact Emma Pegrum, Media and Marketing Manager, on 02 6199 5011 or 0408 200 191.

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