Useful Links

University Department of Rural Health (UDRH) Program

University Department of Rural Health (UDRH) Program: The Australian Government UDRH program encourages students of medicine, nursing and other health professions to pursue a career in rural practice by providing opportunities for students to practise their clinical skills in a rural or remote environment. It also supports health professionals currently practising in rural settings. This link includes more detail on the program and quick links to all Australian UDRHs.  A brief summary of services provided can be also found on the UDRH Student Information Guide.

Australian Rural Health Education Network (ARHEN): ARHEN is the body that represents all UDRHs and aims primarily to optimise the outcomes of the UDRH program through a coordinated approach to their activities and strategic directions.  This link includes more information about ARHEN, profiles on each UDRH and details on a number of UDRH projects.

The following are direct links are to other UDRHs based around Australia. All are funded by the Australian Government Department of Health. 

Flinders University and Deakin University: The GGT UDRH is a partnership between Flinders University's Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences and Deakin University's Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Behavioural Science.



Health Professionals

National Rural Health Alliance Inc:  The National Rural Health Alliance is Australia’s peak non-government organisation for rural and remote health. Its Vision is good health and wellbeing in rural and remote Australia and it has a commitment to equal health by the year 2020.

Department of Health, Victoria - Regional Allied Health Works (formerly Region of Choice): A Victorian Government initiative that aims to recruit and retain allied health professionals in rural and regional Victoria.

Department of Health Victoria - Workforce: A range of useful information, including career information and opportunities, research programs and a range of other initiatives aimed at improving recruitment and retention of the workforce. See also Department of Health Victoria - Useful Links for Professionals: A series of links to workforce-related organisations.

Rural Workforce Agency Victoria (RWAV): Supporting Victoria's rural doctors this site contains information on recruitment, vacancies, support services and resources.

Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH): A nationally-recognised body representing rural and remote allied health professionals. SARRAH advocates for rural and remote allied health professionals and allied health practice on local, state and national levels. See also SARRAH - Useful Links for Professionals: A SARRAH-compiled list of useful links in allied health and rural health.


Primary Health Care Researchers

Primary Health Care Research and Information Service (PHCRIS): This site is a gateway for accessing a range of information about Australian primary health care. Specific links within this site can be accessed via PHCRED Research Resources.

Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute (APHCRI) (Australian National University): An Australian Government initiative established to help embed a research culture in Australian general practice and primary health care. 

Centre of Research Excellence in Primary Health Microsystems: Funded by the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute (APHCRI) Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) to address primary health care quality, governance, performance and sustainability issues identified within the national health reform agenda.



Deakin University School of Medicine: Contains a range of information for prospective students and current students, including course structure, curriculum and scholarship opportunities.

Flinders University Rural Clinical School (FURCS): Showcases the FURCS program, including its clinical activities, education and research programs. Includes a series of links to other useful sites for students.

Flinders University's Rural Health Club: The site includes information on membership, club activities, clinical placement options and career opportunities.

Health and Community Service Careers: Funded by the Department of Human Services (Victoria) this site contains a wealth of information on careers in health for prospective students and their parents.

John Flynn Placement Program (JFPP): Funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and administered by the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM), this site contains details and applications forms for the JFPP. The program covers the cost of travel and accommodation for students undertaking placement and is an important part of the Australian Government's strategy to attract more doctors to rural and remote areas to address areas of workforce shortage and to improve the quality of healthcare for rural and remote communities.

Mount Gambier City Council: For students studying or undertaking clinical placements in Mount Gambier this site contains information on Mount Gambier and the surrounding area, including demographics, tourism, arts and recreation, as well as useful information for anyone moving to the region.

National Rural Health Students Network: Contains links to 28 Rural Health Clubs (RHCs) located throughout Australia. RHCs aim to promote rural and remote practice to their members through information exchange, placement opportunities, support and advocacy. 

Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Medicine and Allied Health (NOMAD): Deakin University's Rural Health Club for students. The site includes information on club activities, as well as careers opportunities in rural, regional or remote areas.

Rural and Regional Health Australia: Australian Government funded initiative aimed at helping people living in rural, regional and remote communities find information on health and aged care programs and services available in their local area.

Warrnambool City Council: For students studying or undertaking clinical placements in Warrnambool this site contains information on Warrnambool and the surrounding area, including demographics, tourism, arts and recreation, as well as useful information for anyone moving to Warrnambool.