About the School of Rural Health

The School of Rural Health was established in 2001, with initially only a campus in Dubbo. In 2004 the Orange campus was officially opened.

The School is a part of the Rural Clinical Training and Support program funded by the Department of Health. The program is designed to increase the rural medical workforce.

The school’s focus is to provide excellent delivery of the Sydney Medical Program in a rural setting. The School aims to provide medical students with a first-rate medical education and an understanding of rural health issues, as well as the benefits of a rural lifestyle.

The School of Rural Health campuses in Dubbo and Orange have built a close association with the majority of hospitals in the Western NSW Local Health District, including Orange Health Service and Dubbo Base Hospital.

Medical research is an increasing aspect of the School of Rural Health’s activities. Students are encouraged to be involved in research, and to facilitate our staff and teachers to be involved in research projects. A number of medical publications have been a direct result from this focus.