About the Social Work Field Education Program

The Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health (BH UDRH) has collaborated with local Service Providers in health and welfare (Govt and non-Govt) and selected Australian Universities (including the University of Newcastle, University of Sydney, University of New England, Charles Sturt University and La Trobe University) to provide placements for Social Work students.

The aims of the InSPIRE –Social Work student field education program are to:

- provide social work students with an understanding of rural and remote social work service delivery models

- immerse students in a rural community to promote rural career options for the future

- enhance opportunities for service providers to incorporate Social Work models into practice

Field education is a core course subject in the Bachelor of Social Work. Student field education placements occur during the 3rd and 4th year of their University degree. The field education subject is designed for students to integrate theory with practice and establish professional proficiency.

Placements are organised in a variety of social, welfare, mental health and related workplaces. Placements may consist of indirect practice, direct practice or a mixture of both.

Indirect practice: community development projects; designing and implementing health promotion/prevention programs; policy development; Service change and development; Research projects and professional development opportunities.

Direct practice: group work, case load; implementing community engagement activities and counselling opportunities (face-to-face or telephone).

Generally, one student per semester is allocated to participating Service Providers. The duration of the placement depends upon the university requirements and can range from 14 - 18 weeks.

Mandatory documentation

All social work students must provide their university with a current National Police Check and Working with Children’s Check, immunisation compliance letter, signed Code of Conduct form and student ID number. Please refer to Mandatory Documention.

Student Accommodation

Students are automatically allocated accommodation once their online application has been approved. Please refer to the Student Accommodation section.

Australian Association of Social Workers

The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) is the professional body for social workers who set the benchmark for professional education and practice in social work.

The AASW Practice Standards and Code of Ethics can be accessed at: http://www.aasw.asn.au/

Access the Far West Health Library Catalogue

The Far West Health Library is located at the Broken Hill Department of Rural Health, Corrindah Court, Broken Hill Health Service. The Library is available to meet the information needs of people engaged in health and medical services in the Far West of NSW. The Library provides a range of borrowing and associated services.

Access the online Library Catalogue @ Far West Health Library Catalogue. Be sure to select Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health from the drop-down box of the search field.



Nicola Wright
Social Work Academic

Ph: 08 8080 1294
Fax: 08 8087 5240

Broken Hill