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    Welcome to Broken Hill UDRH



    Improving the Quality of Health Care for Rural Australia

  • We support students requiring clinical placements in...

    medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry,
    pathology, medical imaging, and more!


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About the Broken Hill UDRH

Our focus here at the BHUDRH is to establish relevant teaching and support environments for medical, nursing and allied health students who require clinical placement opportunities. 

We also actively work to improve the quality of health care for rural Australians by fostering local and regional partnerships, and enhancing national expertise in rural and remote health research and the translation of research into policy and practice. 

Our team is spread across the far west region of New South Wales, and we are committed to providing the best educational experiences and supporting pertinent research in order to support the growth and development of rural Australia.


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What Our Students Say

Thank you again for everything. This placement was my best yet and has opened my eyes to primary health care, which I really enjoy! I will absolutely be recommending this program to others!

Eloise McCarthy - Nursing Student - University of Wollongong

To everyone at the BHUDRH department – Thank you for making this placement such an enjoyable one! I had an amazing time and learned so many new things from everyone. I am extremely grateful. Best of luck in the future.

Claudine Sand - Pharmacy Student - Monash University

I have loved every minute of my placement as a Child and Family Health support worker in Broken Hill. The experience allowed me to develop my social work identity and shown me what it is like to work in a rural setting. I will never forget The Hill, the support and nurture of the people I have met and the red dirt and gorgeous sunsets.

Kristin Hansen - Social Work Student - University of Sydney

Thank you to everyone at the BHUDRH for making our time in Broken Hill a blast! You all were so welcoming, accommodating & full of great activities for us. I learnt so many new things & acquired new skills that I will keep with me for the future.

Sarah Zekaria - Pharmacy Student - Monash University

My time in Broken Hill has been a wonderful learning experience not only clinically but also life experience wise. The community in Broken Hill is friendly and understanding, which makes the experience a lot more enjoyable and comfortable.

Christos Prorellis - Occupational Therapy Student - University of Sydney

For all its remoteness, Broken Hill has proven to be nothing short of incredible. My social work field education experience in Willyama High School gave me countless learning opportunities, friendships and memories, and provided me a direction in which I would like to see myself professionally in the future.

Hannah Marie Voura - Social Work Student - University of Sydney

Thank you to everyone at the BHUDRH for making us feel so at home and welcome. Your team is so amazing. I’ve enjoyed all the orientation sessions, your ENRICH sessions and how accommodating you all have been!! I’ve learnt so many things while here, and the facilities you have provided for our utilization were amazing! All the best for everything. I’m so grateful.

Sneha-Kavya Babji - Pharmacy Student - Monash University

Thanks to all the nurses and nursing unit managers that made my clinical placement a wonderful and great learning experience. This placement was the second last placement of my nursing degree, and it was the best placement I have ever had.

Cindy Eugene - Nursing Student - Western Sydney University

My experience in Broken Hill has been incredible and I have gained so much knowledge about rural practice, enjoyed many exciting outback adventures and made life-long friends. What impacted me most was the kindness, commitment and generosity of the local people and working with them has made my placement experience both rewarding and educational. This is an experience that I will never forget.

Yue (Jasmine) Yu - Social Work Student - University of Sydney

Your placement in Broken hill will be a unique experience and likely to be vastly different from any other professional placement. With that in mind make the most of every opportunity - not only to learn, but also to have fun and enjoy your time out in the Far West.

Jessica Bailey - Pharmacy Student - Monash University

...It was a great experience I will always remember, not only as a great health placement location, but more so for the wonderful people I met during my stay. Hopefully I will get back to Bourke at some time in the future, either as an OT or on holidays with my family. If you could pass on my thanks to Tara, Alex, Lonnie and all the staff at Community Health Centre for their help and friendship during my visit it would be much appreciated.

Robert Ryan - Occupational Therapy student

[My placement in Dareton] was a life changing experience both on a personal and professional level. Personal for me because, I have gained wider insight into Aboriginal Health and this has helped me grow to become a better daughter, sister and mother to my child. Professional in the sense that whenever I am caring for a patient with Aboriginal background...there is an instant connection because of how I was treated genuinely by the Dareton community...

Reynalin Guevara - Nursing student

My social work placement in Broken Hill was a fabulous experience. Through working with Lifeline I had the chance to meet and work with so many different people, see places I would never have otherwise visited, and participate in and contribute to events that made me feel a part of the Broken Hill community. The UDRH is incredibly supportive and there are so many opportunities to learn and develop skills. I would encourage everyone to come out here for a placement if given the chance!

Kate Rankin - Social Work Student - Australian Catholic University

All the staff at the BHUDRH department. Thank you so much for making our Broken Hill experience so amazing! You were all so welcoming and accommodating and made the transition so easy. Your organization is amazing, so grateful for this experience.

Rose Gooden - Pharmacy Student- Monash University

Recent News

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  • 06

Since 2009, the Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health has been promoting and sending local year 10 high school students to the United Space School Program in Houston, Texas.  Broken Hill High School student Isabella Ball is this year’s Australian Female Ambassador for the United Space School Program.  

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Our Directors

Our team of highly experienced lecturers, leading professionals and researchers provide help and support in virtually all areas of expertise.

Professor David Lyle

Professor David Lyle
Head of Department

Dr John Wenham

Dr John Wenham
Director, Clinical Medicine Stream

Dr Debra Jones

Dr Debra Jones
Director, Primary Health Care

Dr Tara Walker

Dr Tara Walker
Director, Academic Centre