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    Improving the Quality of Health Care for Rural Australia

  • We support students requiring clinical placements in...

    medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry,
    pathology, medical imaging, and more!


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About the Broken Hill UDRH

The Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health acknowledges and respects the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land where this facility is located. We acknowledge and pay our respect to the Elders past, present and emerging. Our department also recognises the diversity of other Aboriginal &Torres Strait Islander people who now reside in this community

Our focus here at the BHUDRH is to establish relevant teaching and support environments for medical, nursing and allied health students who require clinical placement opportunities. 

We also actively work to improve the quality of health care for rural Australians by fostering local and regional partnerships, and enhancing national expertise in rural and remote health research and the translation of research into policy and practice. 

Our team is spread across the far west region of New South Wales, and we are committed to providing the best educational experiences and supporting pertinent research in order to support the growth and development of rural Australia.


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What Our Students Say

Thank you again for everything. This placement was my best yet and has opened my eyes to primary health care, which I really enjoy! I will absolutely be recommending this program to others!

Eloise McCarthy - Nursing Student - University of Wollongong

My experience here in Broken Hill has been great. The welcoming small town vibe and culture here are irreplaceable. I have really enjoyed my time here and I've learned so much clinically. I am so thankful for the skills and knowledge I have gained! The placement and accommodation was so well organised too.

Yvonne Lim - Dental Student - University of Sydney

My time in Broken Hill has been a wonderful learning experience not only clinically but also life experience wise. The community in Broken Hill is friendly and understanding, which makes the experience a lot more enjoyable and comfortable.

Christos Prorellis - Occupational Therapy Student - University of Sydney

Our placement in Broken Hill has honestly been the highlight of my dental degree! The clinical experience was fun and varied, but the town and the people are really what made this such an enjoyable placement. Broken Hill has so much going for it and everyone there is so friendly and accommodating. I can't recommend this rotation with the UDRH highly enough!

Emma Maxwell - Dental Student - University of Sydney

For all its remoteness, Broken Hill has proven to be nothing short of incredible. My social work field education experience in Willyama High School gave me countless learning opportunities, friendships and memories, and provided me a direction in which I would like to see myself professionally in the future.

Hannah Marie Voura - Social Work Student - University of Sydney

I always knew I was going to have a once in a lifetime experience during my rural rotation in Broken Hill but it far exceeded my expectations. For a regional town, there’s something to do every night of the week and there are some amazing places to visit within a few hours drive. The accommodation was clean and comfortable. The dental clinic was also brand new and with a heavy focus on ROP, you get very efficient at diagnosing, presenting & treating patients. You’ll get out what you put in so get amongst it and you’ll no doubt have the best time!

Gregory Nguyen - Dental Student - University of Sydney

All the staff at the BHUDRH department. Thank you so much for making our Broken Hill experience so amazing! You were all so welcoming and accommodating and made the transition so easy. Your organization is amazing, so grateful for this experience.

Rose Gooden - Pharmacy Student- Monash University

My social work placement in Broken Hill was a fabulous experience. Through working with Lifeline I had the chance to meet and work with so many different people, see places I would never have otherwise visited, and participate in and contribute to events that made me feel a part of the Broken Hill community. The UDRH is incredibly supportive and there are so many opportunities to learn and develop skills. I would encourage everyone to come out here for a placement if given the chance!

Kate Rankin - Social Work Student - Australian Catholic University

Thanks to all the nurses and nursing unit managers that made my clinical placement a wonderful and great learning experience. This placement was the second last placement of my nursing degree, and it was the best placement I have ever had.

Cindy Eugene - Nursing Student - Western Sydney University

Recent News

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Extended Clinical Placement Program (BHUDRH), medical students, Lucie, Caleb, Bonny, Emma and Sarah and dental student Emma Maxwell, went along to the local cinema recently to attend the exclusive premiere of Locusts.

Photo by Myles Burt, BDT

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Since 2009, the Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health has been promoting and sending local year 10 high school students to the United Space School Program in Houston, Texas.  Broken Hill High School student Isabella Ball is this year’s Australian Female Ambassador for the United Space School Program.  

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Our Directors

Our team of highly experienced lecturers, leading professionals and researchers provide help and support in virtually all areas of expertise.

Professor David Lyle

Professor David Lyle
Head of Department

Dr John Wenham

Dr John Wenham
Director, Clinical Medicine Stream

Dr Debra Jones

Dr Debra Jones
Director, Primary Health Care

Dr Tara Walker

Dr Tara Walker
Director, Academic Centre