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International Social Work and Social Welfare: Australia and Pacific Islands

Mel Gray and Kylie Agllias

in Encyclopedia of Social Work

Published by NASW Press and Oxford University Press


Published online June 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199975839 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780199975839.013.565

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Australia and Aotearoa-New Zealand are among the world's most “livable” countries, despite the increase in relative poverty and the negative effect of past policies on indigenous populations. Social work is well established and is social-justice oriented. In the Pacific Islands, where social work is much less developed, economic and social potential is hampered by political instability and a lack of sustainable economic management, rapid urbanization, unemployment, and crime.

Keywords: Aotearoa-New Zealand; Australia; Pacific Islands; social welfare; social work; socioeconomic conditions

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Subjects: International and Global Issues in Social Work ; Social Work Macro Practice ; Social Work Practice Settings ; Race and Ethnicity ; Occupations, Professions, and Work

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