THEY are the quiet achievers in our communities, but the call for more social workers is getting louder by the day.
As services continue to meet the ongoing challenges caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and the rising cost of living, the need for social workers has never been greater.
Overall employment of social workers is expected to grow by more than 20 per cent in Australia over the next five years.
To help meet the demand, the University of Southern Queensland has launched a Social Work degree for those who want to improve the lives of people and communities, and advocate for change.
Associate Professor Niki Edwards said an important contribution from social workers was their ability to work in almost any setting.
“What sets social workers apart from other professionals is they are uniquely positioned to take on some of the biggest challenges and most complex problems in the world,” she said.
“They are dedicated to achieving social justice, inclusion and wellbeing, and can be found working in community health centres, mental health clinics, aged care facilities, disability services, schools, child safety and helplines, to name a few.”
Offered from 2023, UniSQ’s online Bachelor of Social Work provides students with the knowledge, skills and practice needed to promote social change and development, improve personal and social wellbeing, celebrate diversity and empower people.
For more information, visit www.unisq.edu.au/social-work.