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    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

The Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health acknowledges and respects the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land where this facility is located. We acknowledge and pay our respect to the Elders past, present and emerging. Our department also recognises the diversity of other Aboriginal &Torres Strait Islander people who now reside in this community.

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

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, north and south western regions 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.

The Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health (BH UDRH) is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health under its Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training (RHMT) Program through an agreement with the University of Sydney.

This program has been active under various forms and titles since 1996. The University Departments of Rural Health were initially established as rural training units in response to concerns about the growing shortage of medical and other health practitioners and the need to address the rural health workforce shortage nationwide.

The RHMT Program aims to address the rural and remote health workforce shortage by improving recruitment and retention of medical, nursing, dental and allied health professionals in rural and remote regions and lead to improving the health of the community members.

The RHMT Program goals are to:

  • Provide effective rural training experiences for health students
  • Develop an evidence base for the efficacy of rural training strategies in delivering rural health workforce outcomes
  • Support rural health professionals to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island health
  • Increase the number of rural origin health and medical students and
  • Maximise the investment of programs funds in rural, regional and remote areas

BHUDRH Mission & Vision Statement 2018 (pdf)

BHUDRH Strategic Directions 2019-2023 (pdf)

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What Our Students Say

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

Our placement in Broken Hill has honestly been the highlight of my dental degree! The clinical experience was fun and varied, but the town and the people are really what made this such an enjoyable placement. Broken Hill has so much going for it and everyone there is so friendly and accommodating. I can't recommend this rotation with the UDRH highly enough!

Emma Maxwell - Dental 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

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

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

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

[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

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New accommodation for visiting health students in Bourke has been funding by the Federal Government's Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training (RHMT) program. Almost half a million dollars was allocated for the student accommodation.

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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, NW Academic Centre