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Rural social work practice

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By Marion Bannister, John Connors

Published: 2005
ISBN: 978-0-9775242-9-7
Pages: 147


Rural social work is a specialised field of practice rather than an add-on to urban models. Rural social work provides a challenging and stimulating professional work environment and one where workers can develop innovative practice, free from some of the more structured constraints of their urban colleagues. Nonetheless rural social work is not without its challenges, not least because of the impacts of globalisation and neoliberal policy responses that prioritise market principles over social justice and human rights. Rural social work takes place within a complex interweaving of social, political, economic and environmental circumstances. It is a professional environment where the personal and professional boundaries are often blurred, making it difficult for practitioners to separate their work from their personal lives.
In order to do justice to this area of specialised practice and to develop new models and skills that take account of the rural social condition, we need dedicated research drawing on the voices and experiences of rural practitioners. This collection of practice wisdom makes a significant contribution to existing social work literature.
What emerges from this collection is a disturbing snapshot of a rural Australia bruised by longstanding restructuring, social dislocation, employment destabilisation, health disadvantage, drought conditions and policy responses that focus on economic rather than social parameters. At the same time welfare service organisations are experiencing their own pressures, with staff reporting high workloads, a lack of resources and high staff turnover. In this climate there are significant challenges for practitioners. This volume provides new ideas to facilitate new ways of looking at these issues.
This volume adds much to our understanding of rural social work. In bringing out the voices of rural people and rural workers we gain a greater understanding of this specialised field of practice and are challenged to work harder to develop appropriate responses.

Table of Contents

230   Introduction
Marion Bannister, John Connors
231-233   Guest Editorial
Margaret Alston
234-251   Domains of Rural Social Work Practice
Brian Cheers, Ros Darracott, Bob Lonne
253-267   'Great Lifestyle, Pity about the Job Stress': Occupational stress in rural human service practice
Rosemary Green, Bob Lonne
268-276   Whispers on the Wind: The small quite voice of rural health and welfare practice
Raeleene Gregory
277-284   Forging a New Paradigm for Australian Rural Social Work Practice
Margaret Alston
285-296   A Satellite Model for Rural and Remote Social Work Field Education
Wendy Bowles, Rohena Duncombe
298-312   Paucity management addresses the limit-situations of human services delivery in rural Australia
Susan Mlcek
313-330   Employment Officers' View on the Operation of Job Network in a Non Metropolitan Area
Manohar Pawar
331-347   Defying the Odds: Enterprising social work practice in a rural employment project
Penny Crofts, Phoebe Begg
348-358   Beyond the Drought: Towards a broader understanding of rural disadvantage
Greg Hall, Melinda Scheltens

Book Reviews

359   Blackfellas, Whitefellas, and the Hidden Injuries of Race
Gillian Cowlishaw
Reviewed by AW (Bill) Anscombe
363   Sustainability and the Civil Commons: Rural Communities in the Age of Globalization
Jennifer Summer
Reviewed by Elizabeth Beaton
364   Politics, Patronage, and Public Works: The Administration of New South Wales, 1842-1900
Hilary Golder
Reviewed by Don Boadle
366   The Accidental Politician: Edgar Hugh Graham
Nancy Blacklow
Reviewed by Sherry Morris
368   Bound by Blood: The True Story Behind the Wollongong Murders
JS Linton
Reviewed by Thérèse Taylor
368   The Shearer's Tale: Murder and Injustice in the Australian Bush
T Molomby
Reviewed by Thérèse Taylor
369   Agriculture in the New Global Economy
William D Coleman, Wyn Grant, and Timothy Edward Josling
Reviewed by Allan Tunstall
370   Environment and Sustainability Policy: Creation, Implementation, Evaluation
Stephen Dovers
Reviewed by Frank Vanclay

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