The UoNDRH program supports Occupational Therapy students to undertake rural practice education placements across the New England and Mid North Coast regions.

The University of Newcastle
Department of Rural Health
Department of Rural Health

Occupational Therapy

Overview

The University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health (UONDRH) has supported rural Occupational Therapy (OT) student education initiatives since 2002 across the New England, North West and Lower Mid North Coast regions of NSW.

Students can also experience living and working in a regional centre with year long placement opportunities in Tamworth and Port Macquarie. Students based at UONDRH sites will have access to additional resources such as academic support, accommodation, computers and internet facilities as well as other local resources.

The UONDRH offers a range of occupational therapy specific and interdisciplinary educational activities to supplement the clinical learning occurring at each placement site. Student also have the opportunity to be involved in the community engagement program supported by UONDRH.

Placement Options

The UONDRH program supports OT students to undertake rural practice education placements across the New England and Mid North Coast regions in a wide variety of geographical locations and clinical areas. The UoNDRH gives support to students and their practice educators as well as providing a link to the University of Newcastle.

Placement Sites

Taree Area
  • Manning Rural Referral Hospital – acute inpatients.
  • Taree Aged Care and Rehabilitation Services – community adult service.
  • Mayo Private Hospital, Taree – inpatient, outpatient and community adult service for private patients.
  • Manning Mental Health – offer a variety of placements including inpatient, rehabilitation, community and youth mental health project.
  • Taree Transitional Aged Care service – post acute community rehabilitation service.
  • Wingham Rehabilitation Service – inpatient rehabilitation service.
  • Forster Private Hospital - inpatient and rehabilitation services.
  • Private OT Practices
Port Macquarie Area
  • Port Macquarie Base Hospital – offer a wide variety of placements including acute patients, outpatients and community OT services for paediatric, adult and mental health clients.
  • Kempsey District Hospital.
  • Private OT Practices
Coffs Harbour
  • Base Hospital- offer a wide variety of placements including acute patients, outpatients and community OT services for paediatric, adult and mental health clients.
  • Private OT Practices
Tamworth
  • Tamworth Rural Referral Hospital - acute inpatients and rehabilitation.
  • Tamworth Community Health Service - offer outpatients and community OT services for paediatric and adult.
  • HACC and Disabilities Tamworth
  • Tamworth Mental Health Services - offer a variety of placements including inpatient, rehabilitation, community and youth mental health project.
Armidale
  • Armidale Rural Referral Hospital - acute inpatients and rehabilitation.
  • Armidale Mental Health Services - offer a variety of placements including inpatient, rehabilitation, community and youth mental health project.
Other
  • Sole positions in surrounding health services including Quirindi, Narrabri, Inverell, Gunnedah and Moree - inpatient, outpatient and community health.

Program Contacts

Taree
Rebecca Dutton
Ph: (02) 4055 1900
Email: rebecca.decourcydutton@newcastle.edu.au

Tamworth
Rebecca Wolfgang
Ph: (02) 6755 3500
Email: Rebecca.Wolfgang@newcastle.edu.au

Katrina Wakely
Ph: (02) 6755 3500
Email: Katrina.Wakely@newcastle.edu.au

Armidale
Ms Alina Roper
Ph: (02) 6773 0170
Email: alina.roper@newcastle.edu.au

Port Macquarie
Ms Ruth Howell
ph: (02) 5524 1548
Email: ruth.howell@newcastle.edu.au

Mr Ricky Pomroy
Ph: (02) 5524 1548
Email: ricky.pomroy@newcastle.edu.au