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

Speech Pathology


Looking for a placement with lots of clinical variety? Consider going rural!

The University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health (UONDRH) supports a diverse range of placement types 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 a semester-long opportunity in Tamworth where both paediatric and adult placements can be completed together. 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. They will also have the opportunity to get involved in community engagement activities supported by the UONDRH.

Placement Options

SPTH 4080 – Paediatric and adult clinical placements

Clinical placements are available across the entire region within Hunter New England Health, Ageing Disability and Home Care and the Cerebral Palsy Alliance.

Adult placements are offered in Tamworth, Armidale, Inverell and Wingham and paediatric placements are available in the following towns:

Armidale               Forster                    Glen Innes                    Gunnedah                     Inverell

Moree                   Narrabri                   Quirindi                         Tamworth                      Taree

Placements vary from site to site but generally include clinical experiences across all domains (speech, language, voice, fluency and feeding/swallowing) and often involve providing outreach services to smaller communities.


Given the broad nature of clientele seen in rural practice, students may also have the opportunity to complete their 4090 requirements while on placement in the region.

Program Contacts

Mrs Alex Little
Phone: +61 2 6773 0140

Port Macquarie
Mrs Kerryn Perram
Phone: +61 2 5524 1541

Coffs Harbour
Mrs Rachel Urquhart
Phone: +61 2 4055 1910