Description/Focus: Essay

Description/Focus:  Essay
Value:  40%
Due date:  Saturday 13th Oct Time: 5 pm Darwin Time
Length:   2500 words


Presentation:       The document will be typed

· 12 pt. Font

· 1½ or Double spacing

· Wide margins

Assessment criteria:  · Evidence of wide reading

· Academic writing

· Demonstrated comprehension of the literature and synthesis of theory with practice.


Task:  Critically analyse the strengths and weaknesses in the delivery of services to remote communities via face to face and virtual service models.  Identify within each approach the challenges for the human services worker and professional development strategies for improving regional and remote skills.

In considering each approach select one of the following population groups or service needs.


a. Disaster recovery within Australia

b. Mental Health services for remote Aboriginal communities

c. Domestic Violence services for women in remote and regional Australia

d. An issue or population type of your choice

REFERENCES AND RESOURCES: using this would help to gain more marks

· The diversity of ‘backyard social work’ and lessons from afar / Mel Gray. – pp.361-364.

Source: Australian social work. – v.59, no.4, December 2006.


· Rural and regional developments in social work higher education / Margaret Alston. – pp.107-121.

Source: Australian social work. – v.60, no.1, March 2007.

· Social work in rural areas: a personal and professional challenge / Rosemary Green. – pp.209-219.

Source: Australian social work. – v.56, no.3, September 2003.

· Power, status and marginalisation: rural social workers and evidence-based practice in multidisciplinary teams / Angela Murphy and John McDonald. – pp.127-136.

Source: Australian social work. – v.57, no.2, 2004.

· State welfare emergency management support plan (Westplan – Welfare) AL1 Mar03 (Web Version).

· Pages: 34 pages Source: Department for Community Development, Government of Western Australia – Community Resources Online website.

Database/Web site direct link

· Northern Territory Government Remote Engagement and Coordination Online Toolkit:

· Bainbridge, R (2013) Coming to an ethics of research practice in remote Aboriginal Australian community. Contemporary Nurse: A journal for the Australian Nursing Profession. Vol 46, Issue 1, pp 18-27

· Galambos, C., Wilson Watt, J., Anderson, K. Danis, F. Journal of Social Work Values and Ehics.

· Clark, E Social Workers, Need Complex and Professional Burnout in The New Social Worker:

· Kral, I. (2012) Talk, text and technology: literacy and social practice in a remote Indigenous community. eBook Multilingual Matters, Bristol.

· Reamer, F (2013) Social work in a digital age: ethical and risk management challenges. Social Work Vol 58. 2. p163. Oxford University Press.

· Regan, S. 1997, “Overcoming the tyranny of distance: Exploring the use of teleconferencing group counseling”, Australian Social Work, vol.50(1), March, pp.9-14.

· Akama, Y, Chaplin, S and Fairbrother, P. (2014) Role of social networks in community preparedness for bushfire. International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment. Vol. 5, Issue 3, pp.277-291.