The University of Sydney has a strong commitment to rural health. The three academic units which primarily drive the Rural Health research agenda are the School of Rural Health, the
Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health and the
University Centre for Rural Health.
The School of Rural Health (SRH), with campuses in both Dubbo and Orange, provides a supportive and cooperative educational and research environment.
The School also provides an academic focus for clinicians, teachers and researchers who wish to become part of the University presence in a rural environment. Funding comes from the Rural Clinical Training and Support Program of the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing.
The Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health aims 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, and deliver a successful rural attachment program for medical, nursing and allied health students.
The organisation also encourages experienced academic staff to spend time in the bush and foster partnerships to improve the quality of health care for rural Australians.
Located within the Department is the Centre for Remote Health Research, which aims to enhance the national expertise in rural and remote health research and the translation of research into policy and practice.
Overall the 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.
The University Centre for Rural Health – North Coast (UCRH) was established in 2001 as a joint venture of the University of Sydney and Southern Cross University supported by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing and the North Coast Area Health Service.
The UCRH is focused on building research leadership and capacity within the region. It actively engages in the area’s rural health priorities including policy implementation and indigenous health. The centre seeks to engage policy makers, managers and clinicians in its research activities. The UCRH’s program of work integrates research around rural health reform utilising the skills and experience of an established research team, whilst encouraging capacity building by supporting local clinician involvement in the practice of research. The current national and jurisdictional policy reform environment and the shared research agenda allows the centre to contribute to improving health. The research program currently involves partners and collaborators across 4 states and territories, as well as internationally.