Our local partnerships are centred on building strategic relationships that benefit local communities and allow students to experience diversity across a number of health care settings with a focus on primary and community health care.


In 2014, Sydney Nursing School is offering rural and remote professional experience opportunities for pre-registration students enrolled in:

  • NURS5084 Nursing the Acutely Ill Person
  • NURS5085 Mental Health Nursing Practice
  • NURS5006 Illness Experience and Nursing Care
  • NURS6022 Community Health Nursing
  • NURS3008 Community Health Nursing
  • NURS2006 Ageing, Health and Care
  • NURS2007 Clinical Practice in Mental Health
  • NURS6027 High Acuity Option

These placements are allocated subject to availability, and you will also need to attend the information session, complete the Expression of Interest form and provide a CV, and possibly attend an interview.

Download the information session program for 2014

rural and remote
rural and remote

'Rural and remote' covers inner regional, outer regional, remote or very remote geographical areas. Communities vary considerably from larger, more closely settled population centres, to small populations dispersed over large areas. These differences have significant impacts on the capacity to deliver and access health services and the nature of the workforce required to deliver them.

Orange Health Service

The rural and remote sectors have some issues in common, but there are also some significant differences, like the relative absence of medical practitioners in remote areas. Remote health is predominantly reliant on the core workforce of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers, and practitioners and remote area nurses (RANs) with support from a range of multi-disciplinary health professionals across the fly in fly out (FIFO) and drive in drive out (DIDO) allied health and medical professions. Predictably, rural and remote areas of Australia experience shortages of skilled health workers. The provision of high-quality health care to these populations requires recruitment and retention initiatives that target nursing, as well as medicine and allied health professions.

By participating in rural or remote placements, you can engage in an area of health care which will really make a difference to people isolated by distance and from the kinds of facilities we take for granted in an urban environment. Expand your horizons and you might also discover some of the exciting and rewarding career opportunities available beyond the urban centres.

A limited number of places are available for students to gain hands-on professional experience through specific professional experience opportunities in Broken Hill, Wagga Wagga, Orange or Dubbo.

Students who study Community Nursing units will also have the opportunity to experience rural and remote locations through their clinical placements.

Sydney Nursing School has negotiated with the NSW Ministry of Health to provide around 50 percent of clinical placements for community nursing in regional, rural or remote locations. These placements do not require the process of Expression of Interest, and are organised through our Clinical Placement Services. They provide a valuable and rewarding community nursing experience.


All accommodation and travel expenses are the responsibility of students but there are scholarships and grants available to support these regional, rural and remote programs.

Specific information on hospitals is available from Clinical Placement Services on request.