Allied Health Student Follow-up Study (AHSFUS)

Research aims and objectives

In 2011, the University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health commenced a longitudinal follow-up study of the allied health students completing short-term and longer-term placements. The project targets multiple allied health disciplines: nutrition and dietetics, occupational therapy, speech pathology, physiotherapy, and the medical radiation science disciplines (diagnostic radiography, radiation therapy and nuclear medicine science).

AHSFUS uses both:

  • Quantitative methods, in the form of cross-sectional surveys of students
  • Qualitative methods, in the form of individual interviews with students

The aims are to investigate:

  • Allied health students’ experiences of their rural placement
  • Their graduate destinations and short-term career outcomes

Department of Rural Health contact:

Associate Professor Leanne Brown, Academic Lead – Teaching and Learning, Tamworth
Email: leanne.brown@newcastle.edu.au

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.