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Rural and regional needs and priorities

What can I do to assist my students to engage with issues affecting rural and regional Victoria?

Responding to the needs of rural and regional clients

Assist students who may be engaged in a profession which services clients from rural and regional Victoria to understand and respond to the particular circumstances and needs of those clients. For example, by:

  • making allowances for the considerable travel time, expense and inconvenience that face rural and regional Victorians when attending appointments in Melbourne. Ways of doing this include not scheduling appointments too early or late in the day, by grouping multiple appointments together on the one day and by conducting short appointments by phone or videoconference where practicable.

  • recognising and developing a general understanding of the particular health, economic, cultural, educational and other needs of rural and regional Victorians. Information relating to these issues is available from the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment at the following sites:

Community well being

Mental health

Life expectancy

The Index of Relative Socio-Economic Disadvantage (IRSED) provides comparative information about the socio-economic status of Victorian local government regions as at 2001 and is available is available at:

More recently, a report released by the Department of Sustainability and Environment in March 2010 entitled Regional Victoria, Trends and Prospects, provides an overview of demographic changes in regional (non-metropolitan) Victoria exploring population change and the economic, social and environmental factors influencing these changes. The report is available at:

  • developing expertise that responds to the particular needs of rural and regional clients. For example, accountants may need specialist knowledge of taxation law applicable to primary production.

Deakin University acknowledges the traditional land owners of present campus sites.

23rd July 2010