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



Nursing is an exciting and dynamic career. Study involves a 3 year formal University degree mixing theory and hands on placement facilitating experiences in various speciality areas, medical/surgical wards, community and mental health placements. To choose a rural placement with the University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health will mean that you are placed in smaller non metropolitan locations and exposure to a wide variety of experiences is certain. According to our direct feedback from students, the major percentage of students will consider a career in a rural area if they have experienced a rural placement.

Employment opportunities for graduate nurses are excellent nationally and internationally.  Graduates may be employed as registered nurses in the public or private sector health-care system, including hospitals, clinics, industry, aged care facilities, community health-care agencies and mental health facilities. Graduates may also follow a career as a commissioned officer in the armed forces. The range of work areas include general nursing, medical/surgical, psychiatric/mental health, developmental disability, community health, rehabilitation, paediatrics, accident and emergency, women's health, operating theatres, aged care, palliative care and many others. You may be entitled to a scholarship or grant to assist your studies. You should consult with the University on application.

Placements and Locations

Depending on your year of study, you will be placed in locations from 2 to 8 weeks at a time. You may have a preference of location where you would prefer placement, however this is not always guaranteed.  Generally third year students have placements in blocks of 4 to 5 weeks plus a large amount of electronic tutorials.

Within the Department of Rural Health, you may choose the following locations:

  • Armidale Private Hospital
  • Barraba Multi Purpose Service
  • Bingara Multi Purpose Service Hospital
  • Boggabri Multi Purpose Service Hospital
  • Cessnock Hospital
  • Coffs Harbour Health Campus
  • Denman Multi Purpose Service
  • Forster Private Hospital
  • Glen Innes District Hospital
  • Gloucester Soldiers' Memorial Hospital
  • Gunnedah Hospital
  • Guyra Multi Purpose Service
  • Inverell District Health Service
  • Kempsey District Hospital
  • Manilla Health Service
  • Manning Hospital (Taree)
  • Mayo Private Hospital (Taree)
  • Merriwa Multi Purpose Service
  • Moree District Health Service
  • Muswellbrook Hospital
  • Narrabri Hospital
  • Nundle
  • Quirindi Hospital and Health Service
  • Scott Memorial Hospital (Scone)
  • Singleton District Hospital
  • Tamworth Hospital
  • Tenterfield District Hospital
  • Tingha Multi Purpose Service
  • Walcha Multipurpose Service
  • Warialda Multipurpose Centre Hospital
  • Wee Waa Community Hospital
  • Wilson Memorial Hospital (Murrurundi)
  • Associated Community Health Centres
  • Mental Health Centres

Program Contacts

Ms Natasha Hawkins
Phone: +61 2 4055 1900

Ms Shannon Weiley
Phone: +61 2 4055 1900

Mrs Anna Edgar
Phone: +61 2 6755 3500