The history of social work in Australia: A critical literature review
Version of Record online: 9 JUN 2005
Australian Social Work
Volume 58, Issue 2, pages 121–131, June 2005
How to Cite
Mendes, P. (2005), The history of social work in Australia: A critical literature review. Australian Social Work, 58: 121–131. doi: 10.1111/j.1447-0748.2005.00197.x
- Issue online: 9 JUN 2005
- Version of Record online: 9 JUN 2005
- Article accepted for publication November 2004.
- knowledge gaps;
- social work
Historical knowledge plays an important role in the development of social work identity. Yet there has been little analysis of the historical literature on social work and social workers in Australia. Attention is drawn here to both the strengths in the existing literature, and also to the major gaps in our knowledge of social work practice, education, activism and professional organisations. Arguments are considered for a greater prioritising of historical research within the social work profession.