Paucity management in human services delivery in remote and rural communities

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Abstract

In our increasingly global world, individuals are highly mobile and interconnected. The book showcases original, empirical and contemporary social research of academic and practical relevance to disciplinary and trans-disciplinary audiences interested in community wellbeing and social change. The particular chapter 10 refers to the way that community welfare managers and services do 'more with less'. The chapter provides further knowledge and understanding of the nature, level and extent of paucity management modesl to inform the way that community welfare services (human services) are delivered in rural communities in NSW, Australia. Paucity management relates to the way that managers identify and utilise strategies to counter the anomaly of possessing a deep philosophical underpinning in the value of community work, with the lack of means to meet all the needs and expectations of community members.

Fifteen managers from the Central West Region of New South Wales in Australia were asked to share work narratives about the way their activities contributed to sustaining their communities (Mlcek, 2008). The research confirmed yet again that community services are delivered strategically in spite of, or because of, a resource-poor environment that is mainly punctuated by the non-availability of ever-decreasing funds (Mlcek, 2008). New ways of seeking resources have resulted in managers and workers navigating competing priorities at ground level, with trying to balance the tensions implicit in a directive provider-purchaser work dynamic that has seen the evolvement of the hybrid government organisation. One of
several useful considerations addressed in this chapter relates to the ‘look’ of models of paucity management and especially in relation to, how they were utilised to enable useful engagement in an era of hybridisation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRural lifestyles, community well-being and social change
Subtitle of host publicationLessons from country Australia for global citizens
EditorsAngela T Ragusa
Place of PublicationOak Park, USA
PublisherBentham Science Publishers
Chapter10
Pages416-472
Number of pages57
ISBN (Electronic)9781608058020
ISBN (Print)9781608058037
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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