Social work

Thinking about a career in rural social work? We can help you undertake a rural placement within our NSW geographical footprint, where you’ll get unparalleled experience working alongside locals.

Rural social workers experience a range of unique challenges and opportunities—and they remain in high demand. Explore some of NSW’s most beautiful communities, while getting first-hand experience in this exciting and meaningful career path.

Top reasons social work students choose rural

*Student can access free accommodation in Moree or apply for subsidised accommodation at one of other five main locations. Read more about student accommodation in our Student Orientation Manual.

Additional learning activities

Additional learning activities

While the Department of Rural Health does not employ an academic staff member in this discipline, we can ensure you’re connected with all the opportunities that come with doing a placement with us, including community engagement activities, free job webinars, interdisciplinary learning activities, access to our regional university facilities and more.

Some of our social work placement sites include:

  • Manning Base Hospital (acute inpatients)
  • Taree Aged Care and Rehabilitation Services (community adult service)
  • Taree Transitional Aged Care service – post acute community rehabilitation service
  • Port Macquarie Base Hospital (outpatient, acute patients, community OT for paediatrics, adult and mental health)
  • Armidale Mental Health Services
  • Local community services within the area
Valuable community experience

Valuable community experience

A rural placement gives you valuable community-based experience within a multidisciplinary team, professional connections for your future, and a taste of rural practice. Social work students can participate in a range of community activities, such as working with Indigenous communities or participating in teddy bear hospitals with primary school students.

Funding support

Funding support

You may be entitled to a scholarship or grant to assist your studies. To find out more, talk with your university on application.

How to apply

How to apply

University of Newcastle students can nominate their placement location preferences  through your university’s placement management system. Once you have been allocated to a location within our NSW geographical footprint, you will need to register with us via our placement portal to access community activities and accommodation support.

More information

School of Humanities and Social Science
Room MC127 McMullin Building
Phone: + 61 2 4921 5155
Fax: + 61 2 4921 6933

Specific enquiries related to the Department of Rural Health placements should be directed to:

Phone: +61 2 6755 3500

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.