A satellite model for rural and remote social work field education

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Abstract

Social workfield education is expanding in rural areas at a time when rural social work is under great strain. This paper discusses a new model for rural field education. In this 'satellite' model, the university employs local senior social workers as university liaison staff to locate, organise, resource, support and assess social work placements in their region. Based on four years' experience, it is argued that the 'satellite' model addresses many barriers rural social work field education currently faces, and has the potential to improve the sustainability of rural social work. The model aims to develop stronger links between rural organisations and universities, provide better support for rural student placements and their host organisations, and strengthen rural social work practice. Benefits to students and supervisors, senior practitioners, organisations and universities are outlined. It is recommended that universities work together in rural areas to expand this model, to improve the sustainability of rural social work throughout Australia.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)284-295
Number of pages12
JournalRural Society
Volume15
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2005

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