Department of Rural Health
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
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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.