• Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health

    Broken Hill

    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

    Three Rivers UDRH was created in 2017 when the Federal Government  expanded the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training Program to further boost Australia’s rural and remote health workforce.

    Three Rivers UDRH is 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.

    Three Rivers offers 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 works 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 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.

  • Rural and Remote Health SA & NT

    Darwin, NT

    Rural and Remote Health SA &NT is a joint centre of Flinders University and Charles Darwin University. 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.

    Rural and Remote Health SA & NT  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.

    The centre  has established a research program with an emphasis on collaborative effort and capacity building and 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 the results of research, but also from involvement in the research process. Research activities include a broad range of topics and collaborations including injury prevention, PHC health service models, dementia, child nutrition and the nexus between land and health.

  • 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.

    Southern Queensland Rural Health, Toowoomba

    Toowoomba , QLD

    Southern Queensland Rural Health was created in April 2017 when the Federal Government expanded the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training Program.

    SQRH is a joint venture between the University of Queensland, the University of Southern Queensland, Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service and South West Hospital and Health Service. SQRH has its main base in Toowoomba with a broad footprint from the food bowl of the Lockyer Valley west of Ipswich, across regional and rural Darling Downs to the remote outback regions of South West Queensland to the SA/NT border.

    SQRH is led by Assoc Prof Geoff Argus, a clinical psychologist with broad experience at senior levels across the public, private and community health sectors. As well as its base in Toowoomba, an additional main training site is planned for Charleville to service outback Southern Queensland.  Initial activities to promote interprofessional education, collaboration and practice and telehealth enabled support will be centred around integrated student-led chronic disease management clinics.

  • UniSA Department of Rural Health

    Whyalla Norrie, SA

    The University of South Australia Department of Rural Health (UniSA DRH) is a multidisciplinary team of academics and professional staff.

    Its role is to promote and support rural placement activity within SA. Domestic students enrolled in health programs at UniSA who undertake clinical placements in a rural or remote area of the State are supported in a variety of ways to ensure that they have a positive educational experience.  These include participation in interdisciplinary health education activities, community clinical support and cultural experiences, as well as accommodation and travel assistance.

    The UniSA DRH is actively engaged in rural workforce research and health workforce support and development in rural and remote SA.  Research and evaluation projects are funded by competitive grants from national schemes and from the SA Department of Health, Country Health SA and other rural organisations including Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services.

    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.

  • 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.

  • Monash Rural Health

    Warragul, VIC

    Monash Rural Health is based in Gippsland and Loddon Mallee, with main office sites in Mildura, Bendigo, Warragul, Traralgon, Sale and Bairnsdale.

    MRH is committed to delivering research excellence through research to  improve the health and wellbeing of people living in 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 about rural physical and mental health services.

    Medical, nursing and allied health students can access subsidised accommodation across the MRH footprint and other supports such as library services and study skills assistance. Connection with MRH on placement will also enable links to activities organised by Wildfire, the rural student club at Monash University.

    Committed to excellence in interprofessional and interdisciplinary education, MRH delivers a range of flexible teaching and learning programs that span undergraduate, postgraduate and professional development courses. 


    Department of Rural Health, University of Melbourne

    Shepparton, VIC

    The University of Melbourne Department of Rural Health is based in Shepparton, Wangaratta and Ballarat, Victoria.  The Department of Rural Health integrates its UDRH, Rural Clinical School, Junior Doctor Training Hub, Rural Stream of the University of Melbourne MD and the Centre of Excellence in Rural Sexual Health.

    The UDRH focuses on four key areas:

    • The Going Rural Health team facilitate a large number of clinical placements across rural Victoria, including multiple universities and disciplines.  Service learning, part-time Master of Psychology placements, placements across multiple organisations, project-based placements and complex supervision arrangements enable this team to create new placements and support students intensively.  Accommodation, financial support, cultural training and a range of education (online and face-to-face) support students while on their rural placement.
    • The UDRH employs 8 Aboriginal staff members in a range of positions to undertake research, provide education and support students.  These staff support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students through nursing programs, a Specialist Certificate, a Graduate Certificate, Masters of Public Health and PhD, all accessible from rural locations.
    • Researchers in the UDRH undertake a range of large (NHMRC and ARC funded) and small projects surrounding rural health workforce, rural chronic illness (including mental health) and culturally inclusive rural health care.  In addition, the Rural Health Academic Network is a team of academics based in rural health services to build research capacity in these services.
    • The UDRH contributes to the health education of rural residents through public lectures and training workshops as well as to the development and governance of key local organisations.

    The impact of our footprint extends from students to patients, health professionals and local residents based on our work with clinical placements, workforce support, education programs, community engagement and research.  For an overview of our impact, see



    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 Programs.

    DRH provides an integrated program 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 programs are also being developed for use in Mexico and China.

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

    La Trobe University UDRH

    Bendigo, Victoria

    The La Trobe UDRH has regional campuses at Bendigo, Abury-Wodonga, Mildura and Shepparton in Victoria. The UDRH promotes health research, innovation and evaluation through the education of undergraduate and postgraduate students studying in dental, allied health and nursing courses, professional development for rual health and community service practicioners and conducts health projects and research partnering with industry.

  • 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.

    Majarlin Kimberley Centre for Remote Health, WA

    Broome , WA

    Majarlin Kimberley Centre for Remote Health is led by Associate Prof Lindy Swain and is a collaboration between five universities, led by Notre Dame University and is based in Broome, Western Australia. Its emphasis is on:

    • Provide students and professionals with cultural safety training and cultural immersion experience to improve their cultural competence
    • Create ways for Indigenous students to learn and practice
    • A growing number of communities and students are leading the Kimberley-wide Joint Health and Nursing Clinical Internship
    • Supporting students to experience remote settings and promoting opportunities for future telemedicine staff
    • Provide professional development for existing health professionals
    • Strengthen research on rural and remote health and cross-professional practices.