The University of Newcastle, Australia

Welcome from the Director

Professor Jenny MayOn behalf of the University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health (UONDRH), welcome to the UONDRH website.

The UONDRH is funded through the Rural Health Multidisciplinary (RHMT) Program.  The RHMT program, focuses on facilitating student placements and learning, enhancing the health of local communities by conducting community projects, identifying and supporting medical officers in their chosen training, and research into rural health issues.  With teaching facilities in Tamworth, Taree, Armidale, Moree, Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour, we support students in Medicine, Nursing, Nutrition and Dietetics, Physiotherapy, Medical Radiation Science, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, Speech Pathology and other disciplines.  Our Regional Training Hub program supports post graduate medical training in Tamworth, Armidale & Taree.

The UONDRH supports students and staff in the front line of the health care system.  Our interest is in recruiting rural students (from kindergarten!) and students interested in rural practice.  Our aim is to provide not only high quality clinical training but also an enjoyable life experience, in magnificent rural centres, so as to expose our students to the career and lifestyle opportunities available outside of the metropolitan areas.

We support post graduate experiences with opportunities to undertake continuing professional development and new graduate support with our NewNet program running in Tamworth and Taree.  Our Regional Training Hub is increasing training options for a variety of medical disciplines and supporting career paths for rural clinicians.  We care deeply about the health issues that impact rural communities.  Our community engagement projects seek not only to provide health education and services, but also to provide aspiration to disadvantaged communities and to provide our students and staff with first hand exposure to community issues.

Our growing research expertise is reflected in our Research Strategic Directions focusing on rural workforce, education, indigenous health and clinical evidence.

With the support of a diverse and energetic, academic and clinical network, the UONDRH is well placed to provide a high quality student teaching and learning experiences, excellence in research output, sustainable medical workforce and partnerships aimed at building a strong and healthy community.

Professor Jenny May
University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health