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February 2024

Blaxland Health Psychotherapy Workshops with Cathy O’Brien

Presenting: ‘A Handful of Things that are necessary for healthy family relationships’

This presentation will explore The Hand model developed by Cathy to help families (parents and adolescents) when they are trying to establish some basic foundations in their relationships.

Whilst so many models in health and well-being are tailored to the individual, there is often a need for families to have a guideline on what makes for good health and healthy relationships. Cathy will publicly share what she has privately explored with families for over three decades!

Participants will have the opportunity to discus the concepts, see them applied to cases, and explore how these ideas may be helpful in their own work contexts.


When: Friday, 23rd February 2024, 9:30-1:30pm

Where: Blaxland Health, 8 Layton Ave Blaxland

Cost: $250, including GST, $198 online, organisational discounts

CPD: 3.5 hours

Catering: Morning Tea Provided

Contact: Jane or Cathy

p: 4739 6464


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January 2024

December 2023

WEBINAR: Systemic AI Conversations: The Human lens in a changing world

Systemic AI Conversations: The Human lens in a changing world

Chair & Panelist: Deisy Amorin-Woods

Date and Time: Monday 18 December 2022, (AWST)

Duration 1.5 hours

Venue: Online via Zoom

Cost: AAFT Members FREE/Non-AAFT Members $25

In this webinar, Deisy Amorin-Woods (W.A AAFT State Branch Rep) will be leading a conversation with a panel of national and international speakers comprised of systemic therapists and health and human services providers who will be discussing the impact of artificial intelligence on human systems.

The webinar will include discussion on some of the points below:

· What is AI: Difference between AGI, AI and ML, and LLM?

· Moral and ethical implications

· Respect, privacy and consent considerations

· Will AI lead to further discrimination within health care?

· Implications on human- to- human interactions

· Taking out the human element of health care

· Relationships in an AI led paradigm

· Considerations for therapists

· Considerations for human service providers and health practitioners

· How to preserve the ‘humanity’ and the ‘human-interface’ in a machine- based world

About Deisy Amorin-Woods:

Deisy is a psychotherapist and family therapist, with over 20 years-experience, (working within government, non-gov and private sectors), and in diverse fields including mental health, justice, drug and alcohol, grief and bereavement, women’s issues, sexual and reproductive health and with migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, as a clinician and manager of allied health teams and as a senior clinical supervisor.

Deisy has worked as an academic across 4 universities in the Masters of Counselling at Murdoch University and Social Work programs at UWA, Curtin and Edith Cowan University.

Deisy has presented at national and international Conferences and is a published author, with single authored-papers and collaborated works across disciplines and contexts. Her latest research contributions include working with cultural diversity in academia and clinical practice, exploring knowledge base of clinicians about IPV and FDV. Recently she was also invited as a member of an (inter-disciplinary, inter-institutional) steering committee leading a Clinical Practice Guideline for Best Practice Management of Paediatric Patients, the final paper which was published in October this year. She was an invited Guest Editor for the Covid-19 ANZJFT Special Issue & she is Associate Editor of the Australian & New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, Dialogues and interviews section.

November 2023


AGM Notice

Notice is given that the 2023 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Australian Association of Family Therapy will be held online on Thursday 29th of February 2024 at 7.30pm EST.

In accordance with the rules, the business of the meeting shall confirm the minutes of the AGM held on Wednesday 17th May 2023, receive reports, elect AAFT Committee of Management office bearers and members, receive and consider the financial statements for 2022/2023 and vote on any motions being put forward.

Join us via Zoom

Zoom Meeting Details

Topic: AAFT 42nd AGM (2022-2023)

Time: Thursday Feb 29, 2024 07:30 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney – AEDT

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 890 5409 7955

Passcode: 708474

Executive Committee

Call for nominations for the following committee positions:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Committee Members (Clinical)
  • Committee Members (Other)

Nominations closed on Wednesday 28th February 2023, however nominations will be accepted from the floor.

AGM Nomination Form

AAFT AGM Proxy Form

We look forward to receiving your nominations.

For information on committee position descriptions, please contact the AAFT office 

To Register your attendance, please  go to:

Please click here to download the draft of the previous A41st AGM minutes

Please contact AAFT Admin on 0499 078 211  or for further information.


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