This annual conference draws participants from across the USA, with a splattering of representatives from other countries as well. It’s known within the oncology social work community to be a warm and supportive forum for learning and sharing, exchanging ideas and gaining new skills.

This year’s theme was “A safe harbour in the storm” and the conference included several workshops in addition to plenary and breakaway sessions, together with a comprehensive poster display. For the first time, a post-conference Research Institute was offered to encourage participants to discuss their research ideas, and brush up on techniques or trends in this important aspect of clinical work.

An honest and refreshing look at the AOSW conference through the eyes of a first-time attender is recorded in the AOSW Navigator, and may be accessed at this link.

With thanks to Donald Rolfe, Marketing Communications Manager at AOSW for permission to quote the organisation’s own newsletter, the AOSW Navigator.