The Role of the Human Service Practitioner in Community Capacity Building: Two Australian Case Studies
Over the past decade, many Australian rural communities have faced decline from drought, economic downturn, and loss of infrastructure and services. Government responses to the needs of rural communities have included the rollout of human service practitioners with the specific task of facilitating the building of community capacity. This paper reports on findings from two research projects which explored the role of human service practitioners in building community capacity in rural Australia. It presents outcomes of such initiatives and explores some of the factors impacting on the process.
Keywords: Community Capacity, Human Services, Rural Communities
Dr Lesley Chenoweth
Senior Lecturer, School of Social Work & Applied Human Sciences, The University of Queensland