Section: Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Social work education
  • Practitioner-client relationships
  • Social work practice
  • Student placement advisory

Available to supervise research students

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About Wendy Rollins

Wendy is a social worker and social work educator with extensive experience gained through practice, teaching, management and leadership roles in a range of contexts.

Her experience of the influence of neoliberal ideas on social policies and practices on frontline social work practice led to research to better understand how:

  • social workers understand ‘relationship’ in their practice in this context
  • they use relational knowledge to inform self-in-practice and engagement with clients.

This has resulted in the development of Social Work Relationship Praxis (SWRP). Wendy is also using this developing knowledge to contribute to undergraduate professional practice education.


  • PhD, Monash University, Australia, 2017
  • BSW, La Trobe University, Australia
  • BA, Monash University, Australia

Key publications

Year Citation
2019 Rollins, W. (190101). Social Worker-Client Relationships: Social Worker Perspectives. Australian Social Work,

doi: 10.1080/0312407X.2019.1669687

2017 Rollins, W., Egan, R., Zuchowski, I., Duncan, M., Chee, P., Muncey, P., Hill, N., & Higgins, M. (170101). Leading through collaboration: The national field education network. Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education and Research, 19(1), (48-61).

Research funding for the past 5 years

Please note:

  • Funding is ordered by the year the project commenced and may continue over several years.
  • Funding amounts for contact research are not disclosed to maintain commercial confidentiality.
  • The order of investigators is not indicative of the role they played in the research project.

The Brimbank Community Register: An Exploration of Impact and Potential
From: Brimbank City Council
Investigators: Dr Krystyna Kostecki, Dr Anne Venville
For period: 2019-2019
Not disclosed

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

Not available for media queries


Details of this Researcher's career are currently unavailable.