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Rural Remote Social Work Action Practice Group


Linda Grellman 0423 082 640

RSWAPG Committee Members

Metaxia Tsoukatos 0429 427 251
Martin Butler 0418 572 967
Peter Quin 0400 778 797
Elizabeth Lillecrapp
Lesley Ervine
Jozette Dellemain
Vynka Lee Neighbour

Purpose and Main Activities

Established in 1990 the RSWPG's has:

  • Organised four rural conferences and will continue to do so biennially
  • Actively involved in continuing professional education through planning and promoting opportunities for rural social work practitioners
  • Provided input into social work and welfare courses
  • Facilitates network across the State
  • Has established links with social work groups in the Grampians, Echuca, Murray/ Goulburn Region, Gippsland and Mildura
  • Established positive relationships with other special interest groups which increase the network and enables other areas of expertise and practice to be drawn upon
  • Regularly has representatives on the AASW Victorian Branch Management Committee
  • Called upon regularly by the AASW to respond to rural issues
  • Promotes better awareness of rural practices through conferences and teleconference networks
  • Is an informal employment brokerage service


The aims of the RSWPG are to:

  • Increase the knowledge of rural practice social work issues
  • Raise the consciousness of rurality as an issue in social work and service delivery to communities
  • Undertake rural social work research to enable the group to effectively manage social, economic and political matters
  • Have input, where feasible, into the teaching of rural social work issues in schools of social work and welfare study
  • Enable Social Workers in the field to have access to the AASW (VIC) Branch Management Committee
  • Raise and meet a range of matters which would require an AASW response
  • Encourage professional development in rural areas by promoting further training for Social Workers and other human service workers that is accessible and relevant to their needs
  • Share information about rural issues, training, relevant projects, and provide support to practitioners in rural settings


Membership is open to social workers, welfare workers and professionals in the human services area employed on a full-time, part-time or sessional basis in a rural setting or based organisation. Social workers employed in other areas with an interest in rural issues are also welcome to apply for membership. Social work students are also eligible to apply for membership. Become a member today! 

Download the RSWAPG Membership Brochure & Form.

Rural Social Work Scholarship Opportunity

The Rural Social Work Action Practice Group (RSWAPG) supports the development of high quality social work services in rural Australia. A scholarship of $2000 will be conferred to a student studying in a Victorian based University, in the fieldwork phase of an accredited social work course who can demonstrate high-level attainment, leadership and innovative commitment to rural social care. Applications are now closed. View Rural Scholarship Application and Guidelines. To be notified of future opportunities look out for this information on this web page or in the Vic Branch monthly e-News.

2021 Events

Meetings are held by teleconference between 7:00 - 8:30pm. Teleconference details will be provided to you by email after you register at Victorian Branch web page.

Rural Social Work Conference 2019

Thursday 25 and Friday 26 July

Horsham Church of Christ , 91 River Road Horsham

Responding to Challenges, Community Engagement and Innovative Practice

Pictured right: view towards the Grampians from Wal Wal Road and Fishers Road near Taylors Lake, Horsham (photo credit: Travel Victoria).


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Contact the Victorian Branch

Victorian Branch Services Coordinator
(Monday to Friday)

Ph: 03 9320 1000 or 1800 630 124 (toll free alternative)

Level 7, 14-20 Blackwood Street
North Melbourne

PO Box 2008
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Parkville Vic 3050

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