Discovering health social work in New Zealand in its published work: Implications for the profession

Published on Jul 8, 2016in Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work
· DOI :10.11157/anzswj-vol24iss1id140
Liz Beddoe15
Estimated H-index: 15
(University of Auckland),
Catherine Deeney1
Estimated H-index: 1
(University of Auckland)
Social work in health care has been a significant field of practice within social work in New Zealand since the 1940s. This paper reports on a project inspired by a fruitless search for a current discussion on the development of health social work in New Zealand. Analysis of a bibliographic search reveals an interesting history of health social work, as it emerged as an extension of the nursing role. Five distinct periods of development are identified through analysis of the literature. The paper concludes with a brief discussion of challenges and opportunities for health social work.
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