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 with campuses in both Dubbo and Orange, provides a supportive and innovative 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 Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training Programme through the Australian Government, Department of Health.
The Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health (BHUDRH) operates a successful multidisciplinary rural clinical placement program for medical, nursing and allied health students in far western, north west and south west NSW, contributes to research into rural and remote health issues, and supports health service and community development in the region. The BHUDRH Research Centre operates in partnership with the Far West Local Health District. The Centre focuses its research efforts on specific health issues affecting rural and remote populations by developing and evaluating regionally relevant projects and by undertaking the remote component of wider research and development projects.
The University Centre for Rural Health (UCRH) provides a multidisciplinary centre of excellence in education of students for clinical practice in rural health and conducts research relevant to the health needs of rural communities situated within the Northern Rivers region of NSW and elsewhere. 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 Aboriginal health.