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



Physiotherapy students studying at the University of Newcastle are able to experience rural clinical placements across Northern NSW and the Mid North Coast.

Placement options

A range of clinical placements are available through the University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health. These may include acute medical and surgical, musculoskeletal, neurology, cardiopulmonary or rehabilitation. There is also an exciting range of elective placement options including paediatric, emergency department, community and private practice.

Physio students on placementPlacement locations within the University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health include,

  • Tamworth Hospital
  • Manning Rural Referral Hospital (Taree)
  • Mayo Private Hospital (Taree)
  • Armidale Hospital
  • Coffs Harbour Hospital
  • Moree Hospital
  • Port Macquarie Base Hospital
  • Wingham Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Kempsey District Hospital
  • Wauchope District Memorial Hospital
  • Associated Community Health centres, including TACP and aged care services
  • Local private practices
  • Non-Government organisations

Generally, the clinical  units  are  of five  weeks duration, however students who are in the final year of the Physiotherapy program may opt to undertake either semester long or year long clinical placements in Tamworth, Taree, Coffs Harbour or Port Macquarie attached to the University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health.  Subsidised accommodation is available to eligible students, see locations for more information.

Students studying at the Department of Rural Health have the opportunity to attend local CPD and social activities. Students can also participate in Community Engagement activities. For more information on this please contact one of the academics below.

Program Contacts:

Mr Luke Wakely
Phone: + 61 2 6755 3500

Ms Lani De Silva
Phone: + 61 2 6755 3500

Ms Kelly Thurlow
Phone: + 61 2 4055 1900

Port Macquarie
Ms Kate Currie
Phone: + 61 2 5524 1551

Coffs Harbour
Mrs Kay Joseph
Phone: + 61 2 4055 1961

Ms Lani De Silva
Phone: + 61 2 6773 0100