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Repositioning social work in the modern workforce: the development of a social work assistant role

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O'Malia, A and Hills, AP and Wagner, S, Repositioning social work in the modern workforce: the development of a social work assistant role, Australian Social Work, 67, (4) pp. 593-603. ISSN 0312-407X (2014) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2013 Australian Association of Social Workers

DOI: doi:10.1080/0312407X.2013.830754

Abstract

This paper reports on a pilot project conducted at a Brisbane hospital to develop a social work assistant (SWA) role designed to support clinical social workers in an acute adult hospital setting. In the context of increasing workload demands, constricting health budgets, and organisational expectations, it details the development of the SWA role and outlines the increased scope and quality of practice afforded social workers through the new model of care. The paper demonstrates that the SWA model has positive outcomes for hospital social workers by allowing them to reclaim their core business in an increasingly bureaucratised and deprofessionalised work environment.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Social Work
Research Field:Social Work not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Other Health
Objective Field:Health not elsewhere classified
Author:Hills, AP (Professor Andrew Hills)
ID Code:109686
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2016-06-27
Last Modified:2017-10-05
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