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

Located at Tamworth, Taree, Armidale, Moree, Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour, UONDRH is uniquely placed to provide student placements in the disciplines of Medicine, Nursing and a range of Allied Health Disciplines.

UONDRH Research Strategy

There are two main themes of the UONDRH Research strategy:

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

With a focus on health, wellbeing, Indigenous health, drug use and mental health, researchers at UONDRH undertake a range of research activities designed to develop understanding and strategies to improve the health and wellbeing on people in rural areas.

UONDRH provides innovative rural service delivery models to provide health services which meet specific community needs. Our researchers and students address health issues that have a direct impact on rural areas: including the priority areas of improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Working toward a sustainable health workforce in rural communities, UONDRH has a focus on rural training strategies aimed at recruiting and retaining healthcare practitioners. Training strategies focussed on a rural workforce include inter-professional learning and collaborative practice opportunities and establishing a rural ‘pipeline’ in medicine and other health professions.

The Student Placement program is strengthened by research activities aimed at understanding decision-making processes of health and medical practitioners in rural locations.