Making Connections

Making Connections

06 Apr 2011

More than 20 organisations will head to Flora Hill this week to connect with around 80 third and fourth year Social Work students at La Trobe University as they showcase placement and employment opportunities for graduates.

a-career-image-stdThe Field Education and Placement Expo, organised by staff in the School of Social Work and Social Policy at La Trobe Rural Health School, is a much anticipated event in the School’s calendar.

‘Field work is an integral part of the social work program and students have the opportunity to meet representatives from many of the agencies in the region,’ said Social Work Field Education Coordinator, Natasha Long.

‘The expo exposes our students to the fields of practice that are open to them when they graduate and the agencies and organisations are able to meet potential future employees. It’s a popular event that meets a real need for both students and the organisations that participate,’ Ms Long said.

Social work student, Julia Feiss, said the expo is a great chance for the University and service sector to come together.

‘For us as students, it is a wonderful opportunity to meet with local agencies to discuss what is on offer for potential placements. The expo is very well organised and is helpful in informing students of where they might like to be working in the future' said Ms Feiss.

Fellow student Ben Blanks agrees. ‘The expo is a fantastic opportunity to meet with a wide range of organisations in the social work domain.  It gives the students a chance to interact and network with people who are practicing in this field and creates a bridge between University and future career prospects.’

Ms Long said that social workers provide valuable services in a range of sectors, which is reflected in the agencies and organisations that attend the expo.

Loddon Campaspe Regional Integration Coordinator - Family Violence, Robyn Trainor said EASE has provided student placements over many years within EASE in Women and Children’s Services and Solving the Jigsaw (a school based program and facilitator training) and within the Centre for Non-Violence in the Men’s Program (men’s behaviour change).  

‘We see the expo as an opportunity to engage students in placements within the domestic and family violence service sector and recruit potential staff from students who demonstrate an interest in this field of practice and have undertaken the Domestic/Family Violence elective within their social work studies,’ said Ms Trainor.

‘We have found these students to have a more developed gendered analysis and understanding in the broader context of domestic and family violence that benefits their practice within the sector.’ 

Centre Against Sexual Assault Loddon Campaspe (CASALC) CEO, Eileen Oates echoes this sentiment.
‘The Centre considers this an important opportunity to meet with students to showcase our service and discuss possible placement and future career opportunities at CASALC’ said Ms Oates. 

Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services (LCMS) General and Programs Manager, Noemi Cummings, is looking forward to the expo.


‘The reason I have chosen for our organisation to participate is for our agency to provide information to students about our work in the community and by doing so create opportunities for possible placements in LCMS in 2011. It will be great to meet the 3rd and 4th year social work students present at the expo,’ Ms Cummings said.

Bendigo South East College (BSEC) will also be attending the Social Work Field Education and Placement Expo.
‘BSEC is hoping to inform (social work) students of the work our Student Support Centre does at the school and find a suitable student to complete their placement in 2011.  We believe it is an extremely valuable expo and a chance for our school to give back to the La Trobe students,’ said BSEC Community Liaison Officer, Melissa Kerr.




What?                  Social Work & Social Policy Field Education and Placement Expo
When?                 Friday 8 April, 2011. Session 1: 11.00am – 12.30pm Session 2: 1.15pm – 2.30pm
Where?               La Trobe University, Business Building, Level 2, Rooms 2.28/2.29/2.30
(via Gate 3 off Edwards Road)


Media enquiries
La Trobe
Zerin Knight, Ph (03) 5444 7375 F +613 5444 7526 M 0428 463 161 E
Natasha Long, Ph (03) 5444 7431 F 03 5444 7977 M 0412 339 230 E
Julia Feiss, La Trobe University Social Work student, M 0408 144 416 E


Robyn Trainor, EASE, Ph (03) 5434 4112 F (03) 5434 4150 M 0408 999170   E
Eileen Oates, CASALC, Ph (03) 5441 0430 F (03) 5441 0429 M 0438 370 847 E
Noemi Cummings, LCMS Ph (03) 5441 6644 M 0423 450 703, E
Melissa Kerr, Bendigo South East College, Ph (03) 5443 4522




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