Social work is a profession that is increasingly involved with issues which have a global dimension. This Handbook tackles the global/local aspect of social work in its various forms and interrogates the key concerns that societies are facing through an international lens. The contributors show that, with an appreciation of commonalities and differences, local practices and appropriate forms of international activity can be better developed.

Social Work in Australasia

Social work in Australasia
LizBeddoe and HeatherFraser

Introduction

Australasia is a large, complex region in the South Pacific which has a rich mix of developed and developing nations, comprising diverse cultures, geographies and histories. The term Australasia is used to describe Australia and the islands of the south-west Pacific Ocean, including New Zealand and New Guinea (Everett-Heath, 2010). Combining the Latin word ‘australis’ (or ‘southern') with the word ‘Asia', ‘Australasia’ became a popular term in the late nineteenth century (Everett-Heath, 2010) and was mostly used by those in the northern hemisphere to refer to Australia and New Zealand (Doyle, 2001). Since then ‘Australasia’ has sometimes been used to refer to Australia, New Zealand and Asian countries, such as Indonesia and Malaysia, while others include ...

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