Welcome to the Australian Rural Health Research Collaboration

Rural collaboration

Who we are

The Australian Rural Health Research Collaboration (ARHRC) is a partnership of four rural health research centres and associated health services that has been working to build rural health research and research capacity in New South Wales since 2002.

The Collaboration is administered by the University of Sydney, and funded by the NSW Population Health and Health Services Research Support Program.

Our partners have collaborated for more than a decade because of the major benefits that ensue from working together, such as the sharing of ideas, resources, and expertise to undertake health research in complex and often fragmented rural community environments. The Collaboration enables joint planning and implementation of robust programs to achieve improved health for rural Australians and brings public and population health approaches to health priorities.

Our mission

To undertake an innovative and robust program of research and development that leads to sustained improvements in the health of rural communities through strengthened capacity in Research & Development through:

  • Establishment of effective research partnerships between academia, industry, health services and local communities
  • Fostering the development of a culture of enquiry and evidence based practice in health workers
  • Building a skilled research workforce
  • Establishing of effective mechanisms for translation of research results into improved health practice.

Our vision

Sustained improvement in the health of rural communities through strengthened capacity in Research and Development.