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Three Rivers University Department of Rural Health

Three Rivers University Department of Rural Health (UDRH) will allow more health students to live, study and work in regional Australia.

The Three Rivers UDRH is a new alliance bringing together the unique geographical knowledge and expertise of CSU and its partners. CSU and the consortium education partners understand the rural health agenda as we teach, research and live in a rural and regional context.

This significant program supports allied health, nursing, midwifery and dentistry student placements in regional and rural Australia. Based in central and southern NSW, it covers CSU's regional footprint, encompassing both the Murrumbidgee and Western Local Health District Primary Health Networks.

The Three Rivers UDRH will work in partnership with local councils, educators and healthcare providers. The Australian Government Department of Health is supporting the program with federal funding.

Our Purpose

The Three Rivers UDRH aims to improve the recruitment and retention of dental, nursing and allied health professionals in rural and remote Australia.

"At the heart of the work of the Three Rivers UDRH is the education and training in regional Australia of a future rural health workforce for a 'world worth living in'." – Professor Andrew Vann, CSU Vice-Chancellor

Photo: CSU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Andrew Vann (middle), Federal Assistant Minister for Health, Hon Dr David Gillespie MP (left) and Member for Parkes, Hon Mark Coulton MP, at the announcement on the Three Rivers UDRH in Dubbo.

CSU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Andrew Vann (middle), Federal Assistant Minister for Health, Hon Dr David Gillespie MP (left) and Member for Parkes, Hon Mark Coulton MP, at the announcement on the Three Rivers UDRH in Dubbo.

UDRH area map

The Wiradjuri Nation area has been described as "land of the three rivers": the Wambool (later known as the Macquarie), the Kalare (later known as the Lachlan) and the Murrumbidgee. The Murray River forms the Wiradjuri's southern boundary. The UDRH area maps to the Wiradjuri Nation to that of CSU.

In choosing this name we acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands on which its campuses are located, paying respect to the Elders, both past and present, and extending that respect to all Indigenous Australians.

Work streams

Increasing the number of rural origin health students

The UDRH will implement programs to improve access for rural people to health courses and aims to increase the number of students enrolled in rural health. The UDHR also aims to increase rural health workforce levels.

Providing effective clinical training (placements) for health students

The Three Rivers UDRH expands opportunities for multidisciplinary clinical training to:

  • develop unique rural healthcare practice capabilities
  • improve motivation for a rural career through enhanced rural practice experiences
  • ensure discipline-specific accreditation requirements are met.

Supporting rural health professionals to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

Three Rivers UDRH will work in partnership with Indigenous stakeholders and consortia partners to coordinate, deliver and implement a suite of activities for Aboriginal peoples to enter and succeed at health professional education.

Progressing an evidence-based rural health research agenda

University partners will join together on Three Rivers UDRH research activity. This collaborative research work is facilitated through telehealth technology. This innovative research will also include engaging with the community and collaborating across sectors and institutions.

Connect with UDRH

CSU leads the Three Rivers UDRH consortium and is responsible for its administration and operation. The Executive Board includes representatives from partner universities and responsible for oversight of financial and regulatory compliance, as well as strategic direction for these activities.

We welcome conversations with people who share in the vision for improving the health of people living in rural communities.

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