Want to combine adventure, travel and study? A rural placement with us lets you explore some of NSW’s most beautiful communities, while gaining interprofessional skills and career support, like exclusive job webinars and more.

Our nursing students learn in a wide variety of speciality areas, from medical and surgery wards, to community and mental health. Most short placements are between two and eight weeks. During this time, you’ll also participate in cultural training, social and community engagement activities, such as working with Indigenous communities and perinatal support groups.

Rural placements are a great experience. You get the chance to learn to practice with the assistance of an intricate and diverse multidisciplinary team who assist students to provide patients with the best care and treatment they possibly can."

Brittany, Nursing

Top reasons nursing students choose rural:

*Students can access free accommodation in Moree or apply for subsidised accommodation at one of other five main locations. Read more about student accommodation in our Student Orientation Manual.

Nursing Collaborative Program

Nursing Collaborative Program

Wish all your placements could be in the one spot? The Nursing Collaborative Program makes it easy for University of Newcastle nursing students to complete all their second and third-year placements in Tamworth, Armidale or Taree, so you don’t have to move around throughout your degree. Gain a deeper experience of rural life and health, and invaluable connections for your future. Depending on the hospital, other locations may also be available. You will be notified via SONIA when you can apply and the process required.

World-class facilities

World-class facilities

You may have opportunities during your placement to attend additional learning activities using our world-class facilities. These include state-of-the-art simulated learning environments outfitted with computerised manikins and advanced medical equipment.

Some of our nursing placement sites include:

  • Armidale Private Hospital
  • Barraba Multi-Purpose Service
  • Tamworth Hospital
  • Tenterfield District Hospital
  • Guyra Multi-Purpose Service
  • Inverell District Health Service
  • Associated Community Health Centres
  • Manning Base Hospital
  • Mental Health (both inpatient and community settings)
Funding support

Funding support

You may be entitled to a scholarship or grant to assist your studies, such as rural undergraduate scholarships, undergraduate clinical placement grants or Aboriginal undergraduate scholarships. To find out more, talk with your university on application.

How to apply

How to apply

Rural placement block: University of Newcastle students can nominate their desired placement locations through their portal, “SONIA”. Each university has its own placement portal. If you are studying at another university, please consult your university for more information.

Nursing collaborative program: Email to express your interest.

Once you have your rural placement, you must register with us via our placement portal to access community and accommodation support.

More information


Phone: +61 2 4055 1900

Ms Shannon Weiley
Phone: +61 2 4055 1900


Ms Reakeeta Smallwood
Phone: +61 2 6755 3500

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.