AASW National Symposium 2020
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The AASW National Symposium is the much awaited, bi-ennial opportunity to bring together social workers, professionals, thought leaders and key decision makers from across the nation.
This year the AASW National Symposium will be a virtual event taking place on Friday 6 November 2020 between 12:00pm and 5:00pm (AEDT), focusing on the theme of “Promoting Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Social Work” and highlighting the practices and ideas that shape Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander social work culture, research and teaching.
The Symposium will also bring together a diverse range of experienced stakeholders from across the health and human services sector to discuss the history, present and future of social work.
Attendees will have the opportunity to explore the topics and challenges that face the sector today, including:
- Working with individuals, groups and communities
- Indigenous knowledge in research and teaching
- Decolonisation in action: Policy and advocacy
The National Symposium is a unique opportunity to gain valuable insights from keynote speakers, Truth-telling sessions and abstract recordings that can better inform your contributions to the social work field.
*Please note: This event is free for AASW members. Registration for Non-members is $99.
Who should attend
The AASW invites those from all industries and professions to attend the National Symposium. This event is an incredible opportunity for:
- Australian social workers from all sectors
- Healthcare professionals
The National Symposium is an incredible opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and insights that can help inform work practices, professional relationships and your work within the social work field.
What to expect
- Welcome to Country: The National Symposium will begin with a Welcome to Country ceremony presented by Richard Fejo, a Larrakia man from Darwin who also performed at the AFL Dreamtime game earlier this year. This important ceremony acknowledges and pays respect to the Traditional Land Owners and Elders.
- Keynote Speakers: Stan Grant and Dr Stephanie Gilbert will share their personal experiences with you and provide meaningful insights that will help broaden your knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Social Work.
Dr Stephanie Gilbert:
Truth-Telling Sessions: Once you have registered for the National Symposium, you will also be invited to participate in Truth-telling sessions that are intended to stimulate discussions around particular themes or topics. These discussions will be guided and facilitated by expert panelists. To ensure that these Truth-telling sessions are engaging, registrations have been limited to 25 participants. After registering for the National Symposium, you will receive a confirmation email containing the information required to register for these Truth-telling sessions.
Abstracts: As part of the National Symposium you will also receive access to a selection of abstract presentations that can be viewed at whatever time is convenient to you. These presentations explore and discuss important subjects, such as:
- Trauma informed practices
- Working with respect
- Culturally sensitive practices
The AGM will commence at 5:00pm (AEDT) once the 2020 AASW National Symposium has concluded.