Education Program

The University Centre for Rural Health (UCRH) is a vibrant collaborative academic hub for rural health development. The Centre is located in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales. Our objective is to deliver a high-quality, distinctive and supportive education program that builds an effective health workforce committed to the health needs of rural communities throughout Australia. We offer an excellent inter-disciplinary health education program, that complements those of our partner universities, by providing an authentic and supportive student experience, through exposure to diverse learning opportunities in rural communities.


The UCRH places up to 1000 students per year from over 20 Australian universities. We are part of the Australian Rural Health Education Network (ARHEN), one of fifteen university departments of rural health across Australia, which were developed in response to the rural health workforce crisis. Many of our students return to work in rural areas while all of them develop a better understanding of the specific needs of rural communities.


UCRH is a joint venture between the University of Sydney, Western Sydney University, the University of Wollongong and Southern Cross University and we operate in close collaboration with the Northern NSW Local Health Network and all providers of health services on the NSW North Coast. Our footprint covers Grafton to NSW/Qld Border with campuses and student accommodation at Lismore, Murwillumbah and Grafton.


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