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)