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.

Vision: Better health through a skilled and effective workforce for rural and remote Australia.

Guiding purpose: To lead the rural and remote health agenda in education and research by advocating for University Departments of Rural Health, working in partnership with communities, health organisations and tertiary institutions to increase and enhance the capacity of the rural and remote health workforce.






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 identify and address health care needs.

A key activity is provision of well supported clinical placements in rural and remote locations for health science students from universities around Australia.

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


The UDRH program is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.


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Photos courtesy of UDRH students and staff