Social Work Placement Students – Semester 2, 2020

Kate is currently completing her final year of a social work/psychology double degree at RMIT University.  Her honours research project aims to better understand how Centrelink income support payments impact on people’s ability to access mental health services and more broadly participate within the Victorian community.

Kate is passionate about accessibility and inclusive practice, particularly through an intersectional feminist lens.  When she graduates, Kate aims to work within an advocacy setting and has a particular interest in law, policy and family violence.  In her free time Kate likes spending time with her cat Ava, drawing and is looking forward to seeing live music again in the future. 

Jemma is in her fifth and final year of her degree, currently completing her Honours in Social Work at RMIT university. Jemma joined FSSI to complete her final Social Work placement with the hopes of becoming a qualified Social Worker by the end of 2020.

Jemma has a background of studying social science, majoring in psychology and has previous experiences of case management, emergency relief and program development. 

From living in rural areas, Jemma has an interest in community work and understands the importance of accessible social support and the need for community involvement in policy formation. Her interests also detail family violence support, awareness of the impacts of childhood trauma, and culturally informed practices. 

Matthew is a second-year field education Master of Social Work Student currently completing his final placement. Matthew completed his Bachelor of Psychology back in 2015. It was after his graduation that he decided to post pone further study to travel and work before making the decision to return to study at RMIT.

Matthew completed his first placement within community mental health. Through his placement at FSSI Matthew hopes to gain knowledge of research and to gain that understanding of how applied research can transform different aspects of the social service sector. Upon graduating Matthew would like to work within the mental health sector.

Myolie is currently completing her Bachelor of Social Work and Psychology at RMIT University.

Myolie has demonstrated her capability and knowledge in housing system through her previous work experience in the public housing sector as a Tenancy and Property Officer at DHHS. In her role she was working closely with public housing tenants, colleagues, and management team to support and sustain tenancy outcomes.

With Vietnamese background, Myolie has real-life insights into barriers thorough understandings of multi culture that CALD people face with employment and education.
During her time with FSSI, Myolie will be working on an evaluation of an internship program for the housing sector.

Dimitri is a final year Honours student of the Bachelor of Social Work at RMIT. Interested in the field of social work in a global perspective, he completed his second year of the Bachelor at the University of Malta. Having migrated from Russia at a young age, retaining language, culture and tradition has been crucial for Dimitri, which led him to take on a student placement with the Russian Ethnic Representative Council, a peak body for the Russian CALD community in Melbourne and greater Victoria.

Active in refugee advocacy in an Australian context, after spending some time volunteering with the Refugee Action Collective in direct action, Dimitri is currently focusing his thesis project on the progression of visa legislation for refugees in Australia over the past decade.

His personal interests revolve around creativity; music, photography, videography and art.

Hello. My name is Ritah. I am a final year Master of Social Work Student, currently completing my final placement with Future Social Services Institute. I attained my Bachelor of Education (Social Sciences) from overseas where I worked as a High School Teacher for four years before migrating to Australia in 2014.

In Australia, I have worked in the Disability Sector as a Disability Service Leader in supporting the young people at YMCA Whittlesea for three years as well as a Special Needs Teacher Aide with Anzuk Teachers. As part of my Master of Social Work course, I completed my first placement at Uniting Kildonan in December 2019, where I was based in the Integrated Family Services program in a case manager role.

At Uniting, I gained experience in risk assessment on families that children are at risk of safety in a holistic and family-focused approach. Thereafter, I followed my passion in supporting families and commenced working at McAuley Community Services for Women in January 2020 as a Family Violence Crisis Support Worker in supporting women and children who are at risk of homelessness due to family violence. I have enjoyed working with women and their children in empowering and helping them build new futures free from violence.

At FSSI, am optimistic to shape my career through the Integrated Practice Literature Review project that am currently based in. My goal is to use the gained social work knowledge and skills in facilitating ideas on applied research to contribute towards transforming the social services sector and increase the diversity of my social work experience.

Lizzy is an RMIT social work placement student with FSSI. Lizzy’s passion is in working with  young people in the community sector with a focus on co-collaboration and community care.

Having had seven years’ experience working with young people in a range of different settings, Lizzy is now eager to expand on her knowledge and understanding of research within the social service sector.  Lizzy brings to the team a desire for growth and transformation of the social service sector and a strong interest in community co-collaboration.

Rachel started the Bachelor of Social Work with Honours degree at RMIT in 2015 and will be graduating from the course at the end of 2020. During her studies Rachel has developed practice skills that aim to be critical and intersectional and centre on community built and led initiatives. Her honours research intends to further the understanding of the implications of a market based system on marginalised National Disability Insurance Scheme participants. 

Whilst studying, Rachel has been working in crisis accommodations as a youth refuge worker, working with incredibly diverse young people facing homelessness and other intersecting systematic challenges. She also has worked in the mental health field supporting people with a psycho-social disability under the National Disability Insurance Scheme. 

Rachel hopes to expand her knowledge and skill set during this final placement opportunity at FSSI and to focus in on achieving her career goals of obtaining work within the family violence sector or mental health sector upon graduating.