See More

Branch News

AASW Life Membership - Nominations Now Open

Dear Jane,

We are pleased to announced that nominations for AASW Life Members are open for 2021!

It is a wonderful tradition that we are proud to continue, to acknowledge outstanding AASW Members that are very worthy of recognition, doing exceptional work and making remarkable contributions without acknowledgement.

Nominations are once again open for AASW Life Membership, so if you have an interest in nominating a Member who has made a significant and sustained contribution to the AASW and the social work profession, please take a look at the Guidelines and Nomination Form .

Nominations for Life Membership require endorsement by your Branch Management Committee and therefore need to be submitted to the Branch in advance of the closing date of 17 September 2021 at 5pm (Melbourne time).

The Board will announce the 2021 Life Memberships at the Annual General Meeting on 12 November.

If you would like further information or are considering submitting a nomination, please contact the Branch.

Registrations now open for Calling out Conversational Control: Dr Torna Pitman's foundational online course for Human Service Practitioners


Rarely identified by a client or addressed by practitioners.

Unaddressed, it will manifest in the many signs and symptoms of disadvantage, disempowerment, confusion and trauma.

Identifying and preventing Conversational Control is essential to addressing inequality and abuse.

What Exactly Is Conversational Control?

Conversational Control is a strategy that uses a pattern of unfair conversational tactics to gain and maintain control over a situation or a relationship.

It is a warning of and precursor to psychological and emotional abuse and a core strategy for gaining and maintaining control, as in domestic abuse and coercive control.

Dr Torna Pitman has worked with practitioners and clients for 15 years and designed this short course to solve some of the challenges Human Service Practitioners raise with her:

  • How do I help clients make sense of difficult conversations and relationships?
  • Where do I start, and which framework or model can I use?
  • What about clients I suspect may be disempowering others?
  • When is it better for me to refer a client to another service?

What Will I learn?

  • You will learn a straightforward, conceptual framework, language and techniques to use.
  • You will learn how to coach your clients to recognise the signs, symptoms and consequences of Conversational Control in their relationships as either the perpetrator or target.
  • You will learn how to coach your clients on what they need to know, do and say to liberate themselves from Conversational Control.
  • You will receive a complete set of client worksheets.

How Will I Learn?

  • Learn directly with Dr Torna Pitman
  • Live online sessions via Zoom
  • 1.5 hours per week for four weeks
  • 1 hour of live, interactive teaching
  • 30 mins optional workshopping
  • Each session recorded
  • Weekly client worksheets

When Are The Sessions?

Week 1: Wednesday 8th September 19:30-21:00

Week 2: Wednesday 15th September 19:30-21:00

Week 3: Wednesday 22nd September 19:30-21:00

Week 4: Wednesday 29th September 19:30-21:00

Why Now?

This course is the first of its kind globally.

Conversational Control is a red flag and core strategy for all abuse and control, including coercive control

We are offering a discounted price for our first online intake

$300 for the entire course

How Do I Sign Up?

  • Register directly via this link.


  • Register now via our website.
  • Limited spaces

What Have Others Had To Say?

  • "TalkingWise has a profound capacity to positively impact on people's lives, offering both theoretical and practical insights into understanding and responding to dysfunctional conversational patterns that fracture relationships. I use this information all the time."
  • Dr Sharon Thomas 2021
  • "This pivotal information has not been explored so deeply before in learning about relationships and family violence. Brilliant information that examines the core of the issues" Sally 2019 Practitioner
  • "I can highly recommend Torna's academic and practitioner expertise, and her new body of knowledge, Conversational Control, stands out as really helpful for human service practitioners to use with their clients and also for people in relationships where the conversations can feel disempowering and stuck." Dr Shirley Patton 2021
  • "This workshop has honestly changed my life. I feel freedom and pure happiness from knowing about conversational equality and my rights. It has helped explain a lot of my emotional pain that I experienced in a toxic relationship and freed me to live my life". Sarah, 2018, Client

Coordination of care for eating disorders - south


Georgina Taskunas - Accredited Practicing Dietitian, Eating Disorders Coordinator, Butterfly Foundation

Jodie Kink – Director and Clinical Psychologist, Balanced Mind Body Life

Dr Hailey Woolveridge – General Practitioner, The Lindisfarne Clinic


Wednesday 25 August 2021




RACV Hotel - 154-156 Collins St, Hobart TAS 7000


GPs and allied health professionals

More information:


Click here for more information about the event.

Click here to read about the two case studies that will be discussed at the event. If you have questions prior to the event regarding these case studies please respond to this email.

To register:

Click here to register - please note that dinner is provided and personal information, such as name and dietary requirements, will be passed onto the venue to support the event.

Coordination of care for patients with eating disorders in primary care – north


Coordination of care for patients with eating disorders in primary care


Georgia Rosetto – Accredited Practising Dietitian, Launceston Dietetics
Emma Keen – Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and Provisional Psychologist, Launceston Therapy Clinic
Georgina Taskunas - Accredited Practising Dietitian, Eating Disorders Coordinator, Butterfly Foundation
Dr Jane Dhann - General Practitioner, Newstead Medical
Lucy Wise - Clinical Psychologist, Launceston Therapy Clinic

Date & Time:

6.30pm-8.30pm Wednesday 8 September 2021


Hotel Grand Chancellor - 29 Cameron St, Launceston, TAS 7250.


GPs and allied health professionals

Register at:

World Social Work Day - 16th March 2021

AASW Tasmania had a successful World Social Work Day in our 3 main regions, Hobart, Launceston & North West!

These events provided an opportunity to chat and come together after such a long time apart. We had a great mixture of students, retired Social Workers, new graduates and those in the field for many years.

Check out some photos from the day!

Contact us

P: 03 9320 1000 or 1800 630 124 (toll free alternative)


Connect with us on:

Upcoming events

More events
AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers