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Education of undergraduates, postgraduates and practising health professionals are core business for the University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health. This area of research focuses on evaluation of the teaching and learning for rural undergraduate students to ensure high quality outcomes. Students are based in University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health sites for short-term placements or year-long attachments. Evaluation of student outcomes is important to determine if the UDRH and RCTS programs are meeting their key objectives to increase and improve rural student placement. A current study being undertaken is focused on evaluating allied health students' rural placement experiences and postgraduate workplace outcomes.
Smith T, Traise P, Cook A. The influence of a continuing education program on the image interpretation accuracy of rural radiographers, Rural and Remote Health (Online) 2009; 9: 1145
Smith T, Brown L, Cooper R. A multidisciplinary model of rural allied health clinical-academic practice. Journal of Allied Health 2009; 38(4): 236-241
Evaluation of undergraduate interprofessional education is an ongoing focus for the University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health. Students are supported to work together and identify the skills and knowledge needed for team based care. The University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health has conducted interprofessional learning modules for rural based medical, nursing and allied health students since 2003 and continues to lead the way in interprofessional education for students on rural professional practice placements.
Smith T, Williams L, Lyons M, Lewis S. A Multiprofessional Learning Module on Ethical Healthcare and Professional Practice. Focus on Health Professional Education. 2005; 6(3): 21-23
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