Department of Rural Health: The University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne Department of Rural Health is based in Shepparton, Wangaratta and Ballarat, Victoria.  The Department of Rural Health integrates its UDRH, Rural Clinical School, Junior Doctor Training Hub, Rural Stream of the University of Melbourne MD and the Centre of Excellence in Rural Sexual Health.

The UDRH focuses on four key areas:

  • The Going Rural Health team facilitate a large number of clinical placements across rural Victoria, including multiple universities and disciplines.  Service learning, part-time Master of Psychology placements, placements across multiple organisations, project-based placements and complex supervision arrangements enable this team to create new placements and support students intensively.  Accommodation, financial support, cultural training and a range of education (online and face-to-face) support students while on their rural placement.
  • The UDRH employs 8 Aboriginal staff members in a range of positions to undertake research, provide education and support students.  These staff support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students through nursing programs, a Specialist Certificate, a Graduate Certificate, Masters of Public Health and PhD, all accessible from rural locations.
  • Researchers in the UDRH undertake a range of large (NHMRC and ARC funded) and small projects surrounding rural health workforce, rural chronic illness (including mental health) and culturally inclusive rural health care.  In addition, the Rural Health Academic Network is a team of academics based in rural health services to build research capacity in these services.
  • The UDRH contributes to the health education of rural residents through public lectures and training workshops as well as to the development and governance of key local organisations.

Contact details

Rural Health Academic Centre
The University of Melbourne
49 Graham Street
Shepparton Victoria 3630
Tel: 03 5823 4500

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