Social Work Field Education Program

The Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health (BHUDRH) has collaborated with local health services, non - government organisations (NGOs) and schools to provide field education placement opportunities for undergraduate and postgraduate social work students from a range of Australian Universities.

Field education provides students with the opportunity to integrate theory with practice and establish professional proficiency in line with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) Practice Standards and Ethics. A placement in Broken Hill exposes students to the unique joys and challenges of social work in a remote location, thus promoting rural and remote career options for the future.

BHUDRH supports host agencies and students to develop a mutually beneficial scope of placement tasks and activities that aligns with AASW requirements while also providing a service of value to the local community. There are opportunities for students to be engaged in direct practice with individuals, families and groups as well as indirect practice with policy, research and evaluation. Both academic and pastoral support is provided by BHUDRH.

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:


Nicola Wright
Social Work Academic

Ph: 08 8080 1294
Fax: 08 8087 5240

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