Journal article

The characteristics of oncology social work in Australia: Implications for workforce planning in integrated cancer care

Rosalie Pockett, Michelle Peate, Kim Hobbs, Monika Dzidowska, Melanie L Bell, Brandi Baylock, Irwin Epstein

ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2016

Abstract

AIMS: To describe the demographics, professional characteristics, self-reported professional development needs and research involvement of oncology social workers in Australia and to describe perceived barriers to provision of quality psychosocial care. METHODS: A cross-sectional online survey was administered to social workers working in the oncology field who were contacted through three professional organizations; the Australian Association of Social Workers, Oncology Social Work Australia and the Psycho-oncology Co-operative Research Group, the University of Sydney. A snowball recruitment method was adopted to maximize the sample size. RESULTS: Two thirds of respondents had over 10 years..

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