Australian Rural Health Education Network

What does ARHEN do?

ARHEN is the peak body for Australia’s University Departments of Rural Health (UDRH) which are located in every State and the NT.  

ARHEN supports 15 UDRHs around Australia in their work to improve the health of some 7 million Australians who live and work outside capital cities and major regional centres.

Vision: Achievement of better rural and remote health through learning.

Guiding purpose: To lead and initiate the rural and remote health agenda in the areas of education and research.


ARHEN has developed a Position Paper about the need to address disparities in the burden of illness and access to healthcare services in rural and remote Australia through a health workforce initiative known as rural generalism.





University Departments of Rural Health

What do UDRHs do?

Each University Department of Rural Health (UDRH) is a leader in multidisciplinary rural health education and  research, working with their local community to address health care needs.

A key activity is provision of well supported clinical placements in rural and remote locations for students from universities around Australia. This aims to address the maldistribution of health professionals, an issue which affects some 7 million Australians who live in the bush.

Three new UDRHs were established in 2017: 

There are now 15 UDRHs.  All are part of ARHEN.


The UDRH program is funded by the Federal Department of Health.


More information on UDRHs

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Photos courtesy of UDRH students and staff