Bachelor of Social Work students making their mark in rural and international field placements

27 Sep 2017

Bachelor of Social Work

An island in the Murray River, Dareton, NSW taken by one of the students

This semester students in their final year of the Bachelor of Social Work (Hons) are making their mark across the country and the globe in their final degree field placements, undertaking a range of rural and international placements. The placement is completed four days a week through the whole semester and as such provides a real immersion experience for learning.

Currently, six social work students are doing rural field placements in Broome, Katherine, Broken Hill, Bourke and Dareton. Agencies providing these opportunities are the Regional Aboriginal Medical Service (Broome, WA), Mallee Family Care (Dareton, NSW), Coomealla Health Aboriginal Corporation (Dareton, NSW), Catholic Care (Katherine), Thiyama-Li Maranguka Women’s Group (Bourke) and Lifeline at Broken Hill NSW. Tasks the students are tackling include co-developing therapeutic group programs for Aboriginal women, developing a case management practice framework that is sensitive to the needs of Aboriginal people, creating a school program focussed on healthy relationships, co-facilitating men’s groups and generally broadening their understanding of the needs of people in a rural and remote areas.

Sweden is the destination for two other students where one is supporting homeless people at Crossroads, Stockholm, and the other contributing to a best practice framework for addiction for FOU-Nordvast, Stockholm.

The Work Integrated Learning team in the School of Social Sciences are expanding their opportunities for Level 4 Social Work students in rural, regional and international context. The SOSS Work Integrated Learning team is supporting the students through virtual Field Education Seminars and a Rural Student Peer Support Network which also links students up with students doing rural placements from other Universities. Students are encouraged in this way to connect with other students to reflect on their learning, share resources and reduce social isolation. With this initiative, the SOSS Work Integrated Learning team is strengthening relationships with the rural and international sectors consistent with UNSW 2025 Strategic Plan, and UNSW as ‘Australia’s Global University,’ encouraging students to make a social impact at a local, rural and international level.