Department of Rural Health
Creating healthier communities in regional and rural NSW
Our students, researchers, educators and graduates are helping to improve rural and remote health and invest in our local NSW communities.
We facilitate community engagement activities, tackle rural health challenges through research, and support undergraduate placements within our NSW footprint for domestic allied health, medicine and nursing students from Commonwealth-funded universities.
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Discover how a rural placement can widen your learning experiences and give you a competitive edge before graduation.
Go rural for your placement
You don’t need to be studying with the University of Newcastle to access support with us. We can connect you with accommodation assistance, interprofessional learning opportunities, on-site academic support, community engagement activities and more within our NSW rural footprint.
Fostering rural and remote health
We care deeply about the health challenges that impact rural communities — and we are seeking solutions.
We connect with local community groups to provide students with firsthand exposure to rural health issues.
Train and support students
We welcome interest from clinicians working within health services, private practices and other organisations who wish to supervise our students for placement within our NSW rural footprint.
Unforgettable rural health placements
The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.