Australian Catholics and the development of professional social services in Australia

McMahon, Anthony (2001) Australian Catholics and the development of professional social services in Australia. In: Proceedings of the 400 Years of Charity Conference. From: 400 years of charity conference, 11-13 September 2001, University of Liverpool, UK.

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Australian social work lacks a reading of its history that places it within the social reforms and movements of the 19th century. Australian social work historians have concentrated on professional associations and ignored social activists who pre-date professional social work. The effect of this concentration on professional social work in Australia has been to write women activists, including religious women, out of the few social welfare histories written about Australia.

This paper sets out the contributions to professional social services in Australia by the Australian Catholic Church which has been a major provider of social services for over 150 years. The Church is purported to be the largest provider of personal social services in Australia. The paper outlines the contribution of Catholic social services in Australia for personal social services including family welfare services and social justice and advocacy issues.

Item ID: 7532
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
Keywords: Catholic; history; social welfare
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Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2010 23:19
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2103 Historical Studies > 210399 Historical Studies not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9405 Work and Institutional Development > 940502 Professions and Professionalisation @ 100%
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