February 22

Six reasons you should attend the DSW Conference


The 2024 Direct Support Workers (DSW) Conference is one of Australia’s leading conferences for support workers in the disability and mental health sectors. It will be held on 15 and 16 July 2024, at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Now in its eighth year, the DSW Conference is an opportunity for support workers to invest in their careers and enhance the quality of service for the people they support. This year’s conference theme ’Learn. Lead. Deliver’ promises just that.

Attending the DSW Conference will be an investment in your career that benefits you, your organisation, and the people you support. If you have never attended and are wondering why you should, here are six reasons:

  1. Upskill so you can provide outstanding support
    Fast track your skill development by learning new skills that can be applied to your role as a support worker. The DSW Conference has been designed with the wants and needs of customers and clients front of mind, to upskill attendees to deliver the best quality, contemporary support possible.
  2. Invest in your professional development by taking a deep dive into learning
    Investing in your professional development is an investment in your personal growth. Increasing your knowledge and skills can improve job satisfaction and productivity within your current role. It will also prepare you to take the next step in your career and will assist you to become more competitive in the job market. The DSW Conference is the perfect opportunity to deep dive into that learning, where you can ask questions and engage with industry leaders and peers in a learning environment.
  3. Keep up to date with industry trends
    The DSW Conference allows you to be economical with your time as it provides access to all the latest trends and best practices in the one place. Our speakers include industry leaders, academics and those with lived experience who will share insights into everything that’s new and relevant for support workers in the disability and mental health sectors.
  4. Network with your industry peers
    The DSW Conference provides you with lots of opportunities to connect with experts, industry leaders and your peers during the conference sessions and meal breaks. It will be an opportunity to strengthen existing relationships and make new connections within your industry. By growing your professional network you open yourself up to increased visibility in the industry, further exchanges of ideas, potential mentors and the ability to keep up to date on the latest industry trends.
  5. Be inspired
    Our engaging and motivational keynote speakers will inspire you with their fascinating stories and lived experience. They will share their lessons learned and provide solid advice for you to apply these learnings to your own lives, helping you to be the very best you can be.
  6. Have fun!
    We live in a fast-paced world and between work and personal commitments, it can be hard to take time for yourself. While a conference is a learning activity, it doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. The DSW Conference is an opportunity to meet like-minded people in your industry, be entertained, delighted and motivated by amazing speakers whilst having fun with your industry colleagues.


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