Rural social work in Australia

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This article examines the role of social workers in rural and remote areas of Australia.The uniqueness of Australia’s landscape, its vast distances, and sparse population base,create unique issues relating to service delivery in general and social work in particular. High levels of poverty, poorer health, lower socio-economic status, and an aging population base typify Australia’s remote areas. Despite these factors, inland regions of the country are subject to economic rationalist policies that make service access problematic. It is in these regions that rural and remote social workers practice. The article outlines the personal, practical, and professional challenges facing social workers and notes the unique opportunities available to workers who choose to live and work in these regions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Social Work
EditorsCynthia Franklin
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9780199975839
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2016


  • rural and remote social work
  • economic rationalism
  • challenges
  • Australia

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