Quality assurance and evaluation of rural health professional education

Education of undergraduates, postgraduates and practising health professionals are core business for the University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health. This area of research focuses on evaluation of the teaching and learning for rural undergraduate students to ensure high quality outcomes. Students are based in University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health sites for short-term placements or year-long attachments. Evaluation of student outcomes is important to determine if the UDRH and RCTS programs are meeting their key objectives to increase and improve rural student placement. A current study being undertaken is focused on evaluating allied health students' rural placement experiences and postgraduate workplace outcomes.

Publications include:

Smith T, Traise P, Cook A.  The influence of a continuing education program on the image interpretation accuracy of rural radiographers, Rural and Remote Health (Online) 2009; 9: 1145

Smith T, Brown L, Cooper R.  A multidisciplinary model of rural allied health clinical-academic practice. Journal of Allied Health 2009; 38(4): 236-241