Publication Details

Ravulo, J. (2016). Pacific Islands field education - promoting Pacific social work education & practice across Oceania. Social Dialogue, 15 7-12.


The Pacific Islands Field Education (PIFE) initiative started in 2012 and has developed into an innovative project combining various stakeholders. Over the last 4 years, it has seen 20 Western Sydney University (WSU) students successfully complete a 3-month field education placement in either Fiji, Samoa or Tonga; in an array of agencies working with women, children, families and adult offenders. Apart from mobilising students to undertake international learning opportunities, the initiative strives to support the development of social work education, teaching and learning outcomes with the University of the South Pacific (USP); who has an active MOU arrangement with Western Sydney University. Such an approach is embedded within the desire to also create a more nuanced, sustainable perspective on the professional role of Social Work across Oceania.