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Navigating stormy waters: Challenges and opportunities for social work in mental health


Renouf, N and Bland, R, Navigating stormy waters: Challenges and opportunities for social work in mental health, Australian Social Work, 58, (4) pp. 419-430. ISSN 0312-407X (2005) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1447-0748.2005.00237.x


The reforms driven by the National Mental Health Strategy have created both opportunities and challenges for social work as a profession. This paper examines the rapidly changing context for practice in mental health, including policy change, and developments in the education and training of the mental health workforce. Key practice issues identified for social work include: (i) the need to establish a viable paradigm for practice; (ii) a more positive response to the challenge of evidence-based practice models; (iii) a national agenda for education and training; and (iv) the importance of working collaboratively with consumers and families in a way that values their human rights and the lived experience of mental illness.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:mental health, practice, social work
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Social work
Research Field:Social work not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Mental health
UTAS Author:Bland, R (Professor Robert Bland)
ID Code:37304
Year Published:2005
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2005-08-01
Last Modified:2013-03-19
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