AASW South Australia is an active Branch with over 1600 members from the dry west coast to the cooler eastern coast and everywhere in between, managed by a voluntary Branch Management Committee elected by the membership. Our major focus areas are the enhancement of the social work profession and the wellbeing of our members.
The SA Branch Services Coordinator is Kristen Keley.
Most Social Workers are an essential service under COVID-19 both for vaccinations and under lockdown rules, particularly for emergency child protection, family and domestic violence, homelessness, aged and disability care and in hospital settings.
For mental health (in lockdown), allied health professionals providing mental health services in community settings by telehealth or by face-to-face (but only in the instance of emergency clinical care for potentially life-threatening situations where telehealth is not clinically appropriate), it is recommended that you use telehealth or postpone your appointment. If you must meet in person due to an emergency please abide by the COVID restrictions: everyone needs to wear a mask, abide by the distance ruling and private practitioners must have an SA Government QR COVID safe tracing code which clients must use to check-in.
For more information on COVID Essential Workers see: Level 5 Essential Workers
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Upcoming SA Events
Other event topics planned for 2021/2022 include:
- Child protection
- Gender diversity
- Mental health
- Disability advocacy
- Suicide prevention
- Intercultural practice
- Working in large complex systems
- LGBTQI advocacy
- Aged care
- Eating disorders
- Comorbidities and complex needs
- Family and domestic violence
- and others
Check the SA Event Calendar for updates
South Australian Social Worker of the Year Awards
Run biennially, the South Australian Social Worker of the Year Awards highlights the positive contribution of social workers to individuals, families and communities. The awards also serve to showcase the immense diversity, professionalism, commitment and capacity of social work practitioners, teams and organisations, and what they collectively achieve to strengthen the South Australian community.
Video: The whole Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child (2019)
Are you curious about what social and emotional wellbeing means for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children? Emerging Minds has worked with communities across Australia to create The whole Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child. This video offers a glimpse into the deep connections Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have to Country, culture, spirituality, family and community.
Video: Working in Culture (2021)
On behalf of the AASW, Shirley Young offered students this presentation about working inclusively with Aboriginal people for Reconciliation Week 2021 (Passcode: Pd*6Qmdf)
Video: World Social Work Day (2021)
Presentation by Hon Kyam Maher at World Social Work Day breakfast discussing his mother, Viv Maher, who was a social worker and life member of the AASW, women's rights and the importance of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill. (Passcode: S!&rjXd5)
Video: Regional Social Workers in Whyalla (2021)
Spencer Gulf News interviewed rural social workers and SA Branch President, Patricia Muncey in Whyalla for the AASW SA Branch Regional Tour in honour of the AASW's 75th Anniversary. View 11min to 12.46min.
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