The University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health (UONDRH) provides rural staff and students with opportunities to conduct research into rural health issues.

UONDRH Research Strategy

There are two main themes of the UONDRH Research Strategy:

  • Enhancing delivery of health services to improve outcomes for regional communities
  • Evaluating the impact of rural training on retaining health workforce in rural communities.

UONDRH researchers undertake a range of research activities targeting the health and well-being of rural communities. Specific research interests include Indigenous health and mental health, as well as innovative rural service delivery models to meet specific community needs.

The UONDRH has a focus on rural training strategies aimed at recruiting and retaining healthcare practitioners. These include inter-professional learning and collaborative practice, and establishing a rural ‘pipeline’ in medicine and other health professions. The student placement program is strengthened by research aimed at understanding students’ and graduates’ decision-making about where they will practice in the future.

The diagram below shows a model that summarises the UONDRH research strategic directions.

The two main axes are the major themes of the UONDRH Rural Health Research Plan. At the extremes of each axis are the research subjects, Patients or Clients and Practitioners, on the vertical axis, and Students and Graduates,on the horizontal axis.

The main axes divide the diagram into four quadrants that are further subdivided into eight segments, each representing a field of ‘research strategic interest’. Surrounding the diagram is a matrix of potential partner organisations or funding bodies.