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Rural Social Work Conference 2019

Event Details
Date: 25 & 26 July 2019
Venue: Horsham Church of Christ , 91 River Road Horsham
Organiser: AASW Vic Branch and the Rural Social Work Action Practice Group
Further information

Rosanna Di Grazia
AASW Vic Branch Administrator
(03) 9320 1012

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The Rural Social Work Action Practice Group is proud to host

The 14th Biennial Rural Remote Social Work Conference 2019

'Responding to Challenges, Community Engagement and Innovative Practice'

Social workers in rural/remote communities are constantly responding to diverse challenges, often requiring a strong commitment to seeking creative strategies and responding from both a community development and clinical practice approach.

Stop, take a few days out and come to beautiful Horsham, in the Wimmera region of North Western Victoria. Take a break and reflect on the work that you do and be inspired by how your fellow social workers respond to challenges, engage with the community and deliver innovative practice.

This conference provides a fantastic opportunity to share stories of how social workers have risen to challenges, made the impossible become possible. This conference is unlike other conferences in that it has a long history of appreciating the complexities and the beauty of rural/remote communities, relationships within and across boundaries and interwoven community relationships that have developed over time. Importantly this conference is about the planning and the doing, and ultimately about strengthening the communities well-being.

Pictured right: view towards the Grampians from Wal Wal Road and Fishers Road near Taylors Lake, Horsham. Courtesy of Travel Victoria.

Call for abstracts

The call for abstracts for oral presentations and/or posters has now closed.

Learning objectives

To hear from our fellow rural social work colleagues about how they are responding to challenges through community engagement and innovative practice.

Conference program

Please view conference program to the right of this page under 'Further Information'.

Keynote speakers & presenters

Keynote speakers locked in so far include:

  • Dr Rob Townsend, Associate Professor of Social Work with the School of Arts at Federation University Australia
  • Eric Wright, Managing Director of Fight Cancer Foundation and Bone Marrow Donor Institute
  • Lee-Anne Holmes, Board President of NOVA for Women and Children and FaMS
  • Marjorie Pagani, Angel Flight Australia

Further details to be announced soon!

Martin P. Butler Scholarship

The recipient of this award is Mariam Mgoter, Latrobe University Student, Shepparton campus.


Horsham Church of Christ
91 River Road, Horsham
View google maps

Accommodation and travel details:

Horsham Visitor Information Centre

Please note there are a number of accommodation options within walking distance to the conference.

Horsham is located 300km from Melbourne and can be accessed via road or rail.


2-day package - Thursday 25 July and Friday 26 July
Early bird register
by 31 May
Register after 31 May
or on the day
AASW member $340 $380
Non member $450 $490
Full time student or concession card holder - AASW member $170 $190
Full time student or concession card holder - non member $290 $340
New Graduate - AASW member $250 $300
One-day, either Thursday 25 July or Friday 26 July
Early bird register
by 31 May
Register after 31 May or on the day
AASW member $230 $250
Non member $300 $320
Full time student or concession card holder - AASW member $120 $130
Full time student or concession card holder - non member $180 $200
New Graduate - AASW member $200 $210

  • All conference packages include materials and refreshments
  • All registrations include free 24 month membership to the Rural Social Work Action Practice Group (Victorian members only)
Join as an AASW Member here (pro rata rates apply before 30 June 2019)

Conference dinner Thursday 25 July

Don't have dinner alone! Join other conference participants for a shared entrée platter, main course and 2 bottles of local wine for the table. All welcome.

Olde Horsham Restaurant
9182 Western Highway, Horsham
Start time: 6:30pm
Dinner is $50 per person for members and non members.

RSWAPG Committee Members


There is an option to attend both days, Thursday 25 July only, Friday 26 July only and a dinner on Thursday evening. Please select from the options below. A separate registration for the dinner is required.

To secure the members' rate, login with your AASW member number and password prior to registering.

If you are a concession card holder, please phone the AASW Vic Branch on (03) 9320 1012 to pay by credit card over the phone.

Morning/afternoon tea, lunch and refreshments are provided.

Registrations are now closed.

Register for 2 Day Package (Thursday and Friday)

Registration for Thursday only

Registration for Friday only

Registration for dinner

Invoices: if you require an invoice email AASW Vic Branch indicating your attendance option and who the invoice should be marked attention to.

Cancellation Policy: Full refunds are not available after 10 July 2019, however registrations are transferable. View AASW CPD Terms and Conditions.

Please notify the AASW Vic Branch with any registration changes prior to the conference.


If you are interested in sponsoring this event please email Martin Butler.

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers