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) is a unit of the University of Sydney's BHUDRH that aims to enhance the national expertise in rural and remote health research and the translation of research into policy and practice with our health and regional partners by undertaking public health, health service, and clinical research which impacts directly on policy and practice within western and far west NSW and other remote parts of Australia.

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 Centre's objectives are to:

  • Work with the communities, health service providers, and other partners in western and far west NSW to identify and undertake research, evaluation, and development on health related issues,
  • Engage in, lead, and promote excellent research on significant rural and remote health issues that inform policy and practice at regional, state, national, and international levels, and
  • Build research capacity at the BHUDRH and in rural health services, provide research leadership, and attract research funding.

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.

Stategies to achieve the CRHR aim include:

  • Research capacity building for staff and 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 Robert Brooks, PhD

Dr Robert Brooks, PhD
Associate Professor
Rural Medicine