GUEST: Dr. Ros Darracott - senior social work practitioner, trainer and researcher
Ros has nearly 30 years’ experience of providing services in rural, remote, and regional areas. In recent years, she has been particularly interested in exploring how social workers in the health sector can address climate disruption and its impacts on public health.
Introduction to this episode:
Within Australia over the last few years, the momentum to develop eco-social work (ESW) theory and on the ground, practice has begun to emerge, prominently, within the pre-qualification training of social work students, both within the academic institutions and on placement. Eco-social work ideas have also begun to gain ground in some social work settings within the health care sector. There is a growing realisation within the sector of the risk of future, serious, public health impacts of uncontrolled climate change on patients and hospital social work clients, and an increasing interest in how hospital-based social work practice could respond to that threat.
My guest on this episode of the Eco-Social Work in Australia series, Dr Ros Darracott, talks about how her growing interest in eco-social work ideas and how they have influenced her work and thinking in both health interventions and student training. Ros also talks about the influence of the social work concept of ‘People as Place’ on her thinking about eco-social work practice; and its potential to transform the existing, outmoded ‘person in social environment’ metaphor within mainstream social work.
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Guest: Dr. Ros Darracott
Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE):
Produced for HOPE by Andrew Nicholson E: firstname.lastname@example.org M: 0413979414.
This episode recorded in Toowoomba, S.E. Queensland, Australia in March 2021
Artwork: Daniela Dal'Castel Incidental Music: James Nicholson