Profiles

New South Wales

Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health

Broken Hill , NSW

The Broken Hill UDRH (BH UDRH) is located within the Sydney Medical School in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney. Designed to address rural health workforce issues, it has three academic areas:

  • A Clinical Medicine stream offers accessible, flexible, educational and vocational training as well as coordinating and delivering a rural placement program for medical and health science students.
  • The Centre for Remote Health Research provides research training for general practitioners and primary health care workers while supporting a network of active researchers in western NSW. It is a member of several research collaborations with local service provider organisations within the Sydney Medical School and with other research groups.
  • The Primary Health Care stream aims to improve the recruitment and retention of nurses and allied health professionals, and offers other professional development and support for local health professionals in far western NSW.

The BH UDRH also contributes to developments in preventative and population health, and helps formulate innovative service delivery models in rural and remote NSW.

University Center for Rural Health – North Coast NSW

Lismore, NSW

The University Centre for Rural Health North Coast is based at Lismore in the Northern Rivers region of NSW.

As well as the main Lismore campus there are smaller campuses in Murwillumbah and Grafton. These are linked to each other and Sydney University’s teaching hospitals by state-of-the art broadband video conferencing.

Bounded by some of the State’s most desirable coastline, it also includes some of Australia’s most disadvantaged communities. Its unique setting, diverse clinical load and the high quality of local health services make UCRH popular with students wishing to experience a rural placement.

Many students in a range of health science disciplines are supported to undertake clinical placements each year. It also has a nationally respected research arm which includes health systems, health economics, mental health, environmental health, community-based research and a maternal child health stream.

University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health

Tamworth, NSW

The UDRH Northern NSW was established in 2002 as part of the University of Newcastle’s Faculty of Health. Its objective is to improve the health and well being of regional, rural and Indigenous communities within the New England, North West Slopes and Plains, areas of the Hunter Valley and Manning Rivers regions.

It has offices in Armidale, Moree, Tamworth and Taree that support placements from the disciplines of Medical Radiation Science, Nutrition and Dietetics, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Podiatry and Oral Health.

Co-located with the University of Newcastle’s Rural Clinical School in Tamworth and Taree, it shares office and teaching spaces and allows staff and students the opportunity to participate in innovative inter-professional learning opportunities. Other programs co-located with the UDRH include PHCRED, PAUDRH and Mental Health Academic programs.

The UDRH Northern NSW works in collaboration with Hunter New England Health and the University of New England.

Three Rivers University Department of Rural Health

Wagga Wagga NSW , NSW

Three Rivers UDRH is one of ARHEN’s newest members. It was created in April 2017 when the Federal Government announced an expanded Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training Program to further boost Australia’s rural and remote health workforce.

Three Rivers UDRH will be led by Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, NSW, with physical campuses at Wagga Wagga and Orange, NSW. Its academic partners are the University of NSW, Notre Dame University and Western Sydney University. It also has the support of 26 organisations such as local councils, educators and healthcare providers.

Once established, Three Rivers UDRH will offer programs to improve access for rural people to tertiary level health courses. It aims to increase the number of rural students enrolled in health disciplines and overall rural health workforce levels. It will expand opportunities for multidisciplinary clinical training to:

  • develop unique rural healthcare practice capabilities
  • improve motivation for a rural health career through enhanced rural practice expertise
  • ensure discipline-specific accreditation requirements are met.

Three Rivers will work with Indigenous stakeholders and consortia partners to coordinate, deliver and implement activities for Aboriginal peoples to enter and succeed at health practice education. University partners will work together on Three Rivers UDRH research. This collaborative work will be facilitated through telehealth technology and will include engaging with the community and across sectors and institutions.

Three Rivers UDRH is currently in the establishment phase and expects to be fully operational by October 2017 .

 
Page updated: July 2017

Northern Territory

Centre for Remote Health, Alice Springs

Alice Springs, NT

The Centre for Remote Health (CRH) is a joint centre of the Flinders and Charles Darwin Universities. Its primary location is in Alice Springs, NT, with satellite campuses in Katherine and Darwin. Its catchment area includes cross-border areas in SA and WA.

The Centre offers a range of educational programs, including the multidisciplinary Remote Health Practice Program and the Remote Health Management Program, with courses at Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Masters levels. These meet the need for preparatory and higher education for health professionals and health managers who work in remote areas.

CRH has established a research program with an emphasis on collaborative effort and capacity building. CRH has particular strengths in remote health services research, health services planning and development. Staff build partnerships with communities and organisations so that research activities are guided by community knowledge to improve people’s health in remote regions.

A primary aim has been to support communities to benefit not only from results of research but also from involvement in the research process. Research activities include a broad range of research topics and collaborations including injury prevention, PHC health service models, dementia, child nutrition and the nexus between land and health.

Queensland

Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health

Mount Isa, QLD

The Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health (MICRRH) has introduced many new initiatives towards improving health in North West Queensland. The Centre takes a lead role in education, training and research with a focus on rural and remote health issues, Indigenous health, and population health. The Centre supports the teaching of the JCU Bachelor of Nursing Sciences.

The Centre also facilitates student placements across all health disciplines, in some of Australia’s most remote communities. The MICRRH also provides activities under the Commonwealth funded PHCRED Program, and undertakes research addressing the Centre’s key areas of focus.

South Australia

UniSA DRH, Division of Health Sciences

Whyalla Norrie, SA

The University of South Australia Department of Rural Health (DRH) is a regional multi-disciplinary school of health science based in Whyalla.

The DRH comprises a team of experienced health professionals and support staff who work together with a range of stakeholders in regional, rural and remote communities.

Key activities include providing quality clinical placements for undergraduate and postgraduate students; assisting in the planning and establishment of effective models of health service delivery; conducting research and evaluation to improve the health of rural South Australians; and providing education, training and support to existing health professionals in the region.

The UDRH supports a number of Learning Centres throughout the region including Port Augusta, Booleroo Centre, Port Pirie, Minlaton, Maitland, Port Lincoln, Clare and Kadina. These Learning Centres are equipped with dedicated student facilities including accommodation, study areas, libraries and information technology infrastructure. UDRH research and evaluation projects are funded by competitive grants from national schemes and from the South Australian Department of Health, from Country Health SA and from other rural organisations including Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services.

Our key research interests are –

  • the mitigation of chronic disease;
  • chronic disease self-management;
  • mental health;
  • male health;
  • Aboriginal health;
  • health program evaluation.

The UDRH also provides a wide range of consultancy and support services to the rural and remote health sector. UDRH staff have experience in many health service areas and in Aboriginal cultural settings.

Flinders Rural Health SA, Flinders University

Renmark, SA

Flinders Rural Health South Australia encompasses the faculties of Medicine, Nursing and Health Science’s activities in rural SA and Victoria in the areas of health care education, training, research and community engagement. We also oversee and provide academic leadership to the Mid North Coast Knowledge Network, the Centre for Point of Care Testing, the Masters of Clinical Education program and the Rural Junior Doctor program. We operate campuses in Renmark, Mt Gambier, Victor Harbour and Nuriootpa, as well as maintaining an active presence at the Flinders Medical Centre in Adelaide.  We also work collaboratively with the communities of Murray Bridge, Hamilton (Victoria), Burra and the Mid North to help improve health outcomes and education. A focus for all of these entities within Flinders Rural Health SA is building the rural health workforce with a social accountability mandate, particularly in relation to rural and Indigenous health.  Our operations have a strong inter-professional focus, with the integration of our education and research activities into local rural communities a high priority.

Flinders Rural Health SA actively engages with health services to provide clinical placements for students in all health science disciplines, including optometry, paramedic, nursing, dietetics and nutrition and speech pathology. We also support the Parallel Rural Community Curriculum (PRCC) program, providing the opportunity for selected medical students in year 3 of the MD course to undertake the entire year based in rural practice. Growing from an initiative in the Riverland in 1997, the program has flourished across country SA, with students currently able to benefit from this innovative program in the Riverland, Barossa Valley, Greater Green Triangle and Hills Mallee Flerieu regions.

Tasmania

Centre for Rural Health, University of Tasmania

Launceston, TAS

The UDRH, Tasmania, was established in 1997 and covers the entire state. It is based in Launceston, with offices in Burnie and Hobart.

The UDRH has strong collaborative partnerships and strategic alliances with a range of organisations and rural communities. These underpin Departmental activities through 14 Rural Health Teaching sites which provide a base for education, training and locally based research and evaluation.

The UDRH works with the health sector to support the rural health professional workforce on a multidisciplinary basis, liaising with education and training providers to provide access to interprofessional clinical experiences and to accredited flexible learning courses.

Workforce and health service systems are the focal points of activity. Through its partnership with the PHCRED program, the UDRH contributes to building research capacity among rural health professionals and developing a strong rural health research culture.

Victoria

Monash University Department of Rural and Indigenous Health

Moe, VIC

The Monash University Department of Rural and Indigenous Health (MUDRIH) is based in Moe, Gippsland, but works right across Victoria, especially in Mildura, Gippsland and East Gippsland.

MUDRIH is committed to improving Indigenous health. Its Indigenous Health Unit works across the Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Faculty at Monash and also has a strong community focus. The Unit undertakes teaching, research and recruitment and retention activities in the field of Indigenous health.

MUDRIH is committed to delivering research excellence by undertaking research to bring about improvements in the health and wellbeing of residents of rural, remote and regional communities. It also assists in building the research capacity of rural health practitioners and stakeholders, with the focus on projects directly relevant to rural communities and informing the development of government policy in relation to rural physical and mental health services.

Committed to excellence in interdisciplinary education, MUDRIH delivers a range of flexible teaching and learning programs that span undergraduate, postgraduate and professional development courses. MUDRIH also provides education, research training and support to rural health professionals and health science students throughout their careers.

Department of Rural Health, University of Melbourne

Shepparton, VIC

The University of Melbourne Department of Rural Health is based at Shepparton, where it is co-located with the Rural Clinical School. It also has key locations in Ballarat and Wangaratta. Supported by a Rural Health Academic Network (RHAN), its activities are conducted at a number of sites across Victoria. It promotes expansion of the rural healthcare workforce by facilitating student placements across the health professions, encourages evidence-based practice among current and future health professionals, supports existing rural health services and undertakes research and evaluation relevant to rural health care.

The Department has a focus on mental health, rural health systems, community development, Indigenous health, public health and clinical research. Capacity building initiatives, some undertaken as part of bridging programs or postgraduate and professional education and training, have assisted local health organisations in recruitment, retention, training and support. A Rural Health Module is also provided as a core subject in the medical curriculum to all undergraduate medical students of the University.

Deakin Rural Health

Warrnambool, VIC

Deakin Rural Health (DRH) was established in 2016 and is based at Warrnambool, Victoria. Prior to that, the Greater Green Triangle University Department of Rural Health operated as a joint venture between Deakin and Flinders universities for 15 years. In May 2016 the two partner universities established their own individual University Departments of Rural Health, known as Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training Programmes.

DRH provides an integrated programme of research, education and training to promote excellence in rural and remote health education, training and research, while seeking to ensure practical outcomes and long-term benefits for regional communities. Research focuses on chronic condition management and self-management, Aboriginal health and rural health. Chronic illness management programmes are also being developed for use in Mexico and China. Another area of strength for DRH is research into the outcomes of gambling treatment programmes and the community impact of the burgeoning gambling industry.

The education and training programme focuses on continuing professional education for medical, allied health and other health professionals; research capacity building for primary health care workers and academic programmes for both pharmacists and mental health professionals. DRH also has a Student Support programme to ensure students undertaking clinical placements in the region experience successful and high quality placements.

Western Australia

Western Australian Centre for Rural Health

Geraldton, WA

WACRH is the only UDRH servicing Western Australia and has its office located in Geraldton. WACRH works with universities across Australia to deliver programs across the Midwest and Pilbara regions of WA. WACRH seeks to improve the health of the State’s rural and remote communities by building local intellectual infrastructure. Its innovative teaching program is experiential and multidisciplinary, serving approximately 400 undergraduate students annually. The active applied research program addresses rural and remote priorities in health services, health communication and population health. Enhancing Aboriginal health is an important part of WACRH’s education and research work conducted in partnership with Aboriginal controlled organisations and health services.

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