About Broken Hill UDRH

The BH UDRH building

The Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health (BHUDRH) was established to improve health care in far western NSW by providing high quality support, education and training for rural and remote health workers.

Its focus is to establish relevant teaching and support environments, promote opportunities for student placements in the region, encourage experienced academic staff to spend time in rural and remote communities and foster partnerships to improve the quality of health care for rural Australians.

Since 1997 BH UDRH has worked closely with the Far West Local Health District (FWLHD), Maari Ma Health Aboriginal Corporation, the Royal Flying Doctor Service (South Eastern Section) and Divisions of General Practice to deliver a successful rural attachment program for medical, nursing and allied health students. It also provides comprehensive research training for general practitioners, primary health care workers, Indigenous mental health trainees and professional development support for local health professionals.

More recently BH UDRH joined forces with the Population Health Division of the FWLHD to expand the existing capacity of population health research and development in the region. Together they operate the Broken Hill Centre for Remote Health Research, which undertakes epidemiological research and surveillance and other research relevant to population health and the delivery of health services in far western NSW. The centre also aims to enhance national expertise in rural and remote health research and translate research into policy and practice.

BH UDRH has a strong population health focus and supports existing health providers to improve health service development especially in public health and primary health care.


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