About Us

The University of South Australia Department of Rural Health is part of a Commonwealth funded project referred to as the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training Programme. Its role is to improve the recruitment and retention of nursing and allied health professionals in rural and remote Australia. This is achieved in part by supporting domestic nursing and allied health students to undertake a rural placement, and work in, and engage with, local communities.

We are a part of University of South Australia’s Division of Health Sciences.

We are a multidisciplinary team of experienced health practitioners and professionals who work together with a range of stakeholders in communities throughout rural South Australia.

We support nursing and allied health students from universities and vocational education and training organisations, to undertake a placement in rural South Australia.

Students gain practical and meaningful work experience, new skills, confidence, professional networks and exposure to real-world scenarios in the workplace.

By hosting students in your health service or community organisation you are making a long-term contribution to the sustainability of rural health. With your help we can train more nurses and allied health professionals to provide a high standard of care for regional South Australians.

Regions targeted by the The University of South Australia Department of Rural Health include the Barossa Valley, Eyre Peninsula, Far North, Fleurieu Peninsula, Limestone Coast, Mid-North, Murraylands, Riverland and Yorke Peninsula.

Our administrative and research office is located at the Whyalla Campus of the University of South Australia. Our staff are located throughout rural South Australia including Mount Barker, Port Augusta, Port Pirie and Whyalla.

Acknowledgement of Country

The University of South Australia Department of Rural Health acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the lands in which our geographical footprint extends.

We recognise and respect the diversity of Aboriginal Peoples, their cultural heritage, beliefs and relationship with the land and acknowledge that they are of continuing importance to all those living today.


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