The impact of COVID-19 on student placements facilitated by University Departments of Rural Health.


Executive Summary University Departments of Rural Health (UDRHs) facilitate clinical placements in rural and remote settings throughout Australia for students enrolled in tertiary health courses. UDRHs support students to travel to rural and remote regions, provide accommodation, and ensure clinical learning needs are met for students to complete these placements. In 2019, the 16 UDRHs across Australia supported over 16,500 placements (mostly in nursing, midwifery and allied health).1 Similar numbers of UDRH-facilitated placements were planned in 2020. However due to the risks of COVID19, associated travel restrictions, biosecurity zones and the constraints within health services, many of these placements were [...]