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

Community engagement

Medical students attending an agriculture field dayThe University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health (UONDRH) works with a variety of local community organisations and existing projects. Students are encouraged to help, particularly by volunteering to provide education and support. The aim is to give students a meaningful and productive rural placement by engaging local people in activities that can promote better health and help prevent disease.

The UONDRH has formed partnerships with sporting groups, primary schools, child care centres and many others. Some examples of the community engagement program activities are shown below. Students from all health disciplines are able to participate. They work with UONDRH academic staff, placement supervisors and the community engagement team who provide advice while helping to plan activities and organising resources.

During your orientation session you will be given more information. Otherwise, if you want to get involved in community engagement activities speak with the UONDRH staff members. You will be very welcome to join in!

OT Student at Oxley Vale Public School

After School Learning Centres

The after school learning centres target primary school aged children, with activities taking place in partnership with three schools in Tamworth.

A nutrition and dietetics student manages a team at midnight basketball as part of our community engagement

Midnight Basketball

Allied health and medical students from the UONDRH volunteer to help with Midnight Basketball by managing teams or presenting educational workshops aimed at promoting a healthy lifestyle.

4th year medicine student Daniel DeWit checking the heart beat and discussing the outcome of the Teddy x-ray with a student.

Teddy Bear Hospitals

Medicine and medical radiation science students conduct 'Teddy Bear Hospitals' in the Tamworth community as well as at schools in the New England Region.

Medical students assist with demonstrating Basic First Aid to Playgroup participants


Tamworth Family Support Services provides a number of playgroups for Aboriginal mums, mums-to-be and their children.