University Departments of Rural Health, also known as UDRHs, are academic centres based in rural and remote Australia focused on health education and research.
UDRHs perform a number of functions including:
- Facilitating training placements in rural and remote health, aged care, disability and other community services for undergraduate and post-graduate health students.
- Providing learning and study facilities for students, such as clinical labs, training rooms and libraries.
- Providing accommodation and social support for students undertaking a rural or remote placement.
- In partnership with local Indigenous communities, facilitating cultural awareness and safety training for all students on placement.
- Providing mentoring support to Indigenous health students.
- Supporting the Indigenous health workforce, including Indigenous health academics and researchers.
- Supporting the continuing professional development of rural and remote health professionals.
- Undertaking rural and remote health research in close partnership with local communities, health professionals and services.
- Delivering end-to-end training in rural and remote locations for some undergraduate and postgraduate health courses.
Funding – UDRHs are funded by the Australian Government Department of Health through the Rural Health Multi-disciplinary Training Program.