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Social workers advocating for a more just society: AASW National Symposium 2017 – Hobart, Tasmania

Published: 28 November 2017

“The Australian Association of Social Workers National Symposium 2017 is an important 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.

“With over 270 social workers in attendance, the symposium provides a significant opportunity to highlight the knowledge and skills that social workers possess to create individual and social change across Australia in numerous areas, including practice, research, education and policy”.

“The symposium also brings together around 90 experts; leaders in their fields, from all over Australia. With sessions covering a wide range of topics including mental health, family violence, child abuse, trauma, disability and elder abuse to name a few”.

“Pre-eminent keynote speakers include The Honourable Michael Kirby AC CMG and Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs, who will be talking about how we can work to address some of the major human rights challenges Australia currently faces”.

Ms Smith said “that given the existing political and social climate, social work advocacy skills are of incredible importance to address the increasing climate of discrimination and marginalisation in the Australian community”.

“The symposium is the leading networking opportunity for social workers and other professionals, in Australia this year, 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.

Information regarding the symposium.

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers