The BHUDRH is a major participant in health workforce education and development for students, early-career health professionals and established practitioners, and a key partner in planning, research, and development to assist the delivery of health services relevant to our region.


The Centre for Remote Health Research (CRHR) aims to enhance the national expertise in rural and remote health research and the translation of research into policy and practice.

The Centre was established in 2003 as a joint initiative with the former Far West Area Health Service to expand the existing capacity for rural health research and development in far western NSW.

The CRHR is a unit of the University of Sydney’s Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health (BHUDRH) undertaking public health, health service and clinical research which impacts directly on policy and practice within western and far west and other remote parts of Australia.

Scope and functions

The Centre’s activities are informed by local research needs in western and far west NSW, and supported by the North West Academic Centre in Bourke, the South West Section in Dareton, and our base in Broken Hill.

The partnership between the CRHR and the local health service providers aims to jointly plan and undertake research into issues of importance to the health outcomes of the residents and communities in western and far west NSW.

The Centre’s objectives are:

  • To work with the communities and health service providers in western and far west NSW to identify and undertake research, evaluation, and development on health and health related issues,
  • To engage in, and lead, collaborative research on rural and remote health issues of national and international significance,
  • To build research capacity at the BHUDRH and in rural health services, provide research leadership, and attract research funding, and
  • To promote the translation of rural health research into policy and practice at regional, state, and national levels.

The principles which underpin the objectives for the Centre for Remote Health Research are:

  • Promoting an environment of mutual respect
  • Conducting relevant and ethical research
  • Supporting remote health researchers
  • Leading excellence in research and evaluation

The strategies to achieve the objectives include:

  • Research capacity building for health practitioners
  • Collaborative research projects to inform policy and practice change
  • Conjoint appointments across partner organisations, particularly in the areas of planning and population health

For more information please contact:

Dr Emily Saurman, PhD

Dr Emily Saurman, PhD
Research Fellow
in Rural Health