Deakin Rural Health

Promoting health and wellbeing for those living in western Victoria and the Grampians

Deakin Rural Health provides comprehensive support for students on clinical placements from Deakin University and other institutions. We collaborate with communities, health professionals and health services to build service capacity and undertake locally relevant health research.

About Deakin Rural Health

Deakin Rural Health (DRH) has a focus on student placement support, community engagement and rural health research. We offer programs to assist, educate and support both students and health professionals undertaking placements or working in the western Victoria region. Our research program focuses on improving the health, social and economic burdens imposed by chronic disease in regional Victoria. We embrace a commitment to support the improved health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

DRH was formed in 2016 as part of the Commonwealth Government's Rural Health Multi-Disciplinary Training Program. This training program is a national initiative to build and sustain the rural health workforce by supporting training and research initiatives throughout rural and remote Australia.

We are one of 20 University Department of Rural Health (UDRH) groups around the nation supported by the Australian Rural Health Education Network. UDRHs are the only rurally based academic facilities that work with all health disciplines at both tertiary (undergraduate and postgraduate) levels and the current workforce.

Indigenous health

Our work in the region focuses on generating more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduates in the health sector and developing research activity in the fields of community-developed models of health care. Through our research, we also aim to increase the engagement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in south-west Victoria.

We offer unique hybrid nursing placements that are the result of a partnership between Budja Budja Aboriginal Cooperative, Stawell Regional Health and DRH. Students placed at Stawell Regional Health spend time at Budja Budja Aboriginal Cooperative, gaining valuable skills as they immerse themselves in many aspects of Indigenous health.

Our research

With a focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, chronic disease prevention and management, patient safety and health service delivery, our research program addresses key challenges for rural healthcare delivery including access to and quality of care, health services capacity building, knowledge translation and implementation.

Find out more about our research

The Nursing and Allied Health Graduate Outcome Tracking (NAHGOT) study

There is an urgent need to address the shortages of nurses and allied health professionals in rural and regional Australia. The Nursing and Allied Health Graduate Outcome Tracking (NAHGOT) study aims to understand why nursing, midwifery and allied health graduates choose to work in metropolitan or rural, regional or remote settings.

Learn more about the NAHGOT study and preliminary findings

Our staff

Research staff

Research Fellow
Andrea Hernan
Associate Research Fellow
Hannah Beks
Research Assistant
Dr Marley Binder
Research Fellow
Chris Healey
Research Fellow
Mary Malakellis
Research Assistant
Meg Murray
Senior Research Fellow
Kate Schlicht
Clinical Associate Professor
Associate Professor Anna Wong Shee

Professional staff

Administrative Assistant
Gill Beard
Rural Multidisciplinary Student Support Officer
Angela McLaren
Project Coordinator
Peta Trinder
Rural Multidisciplinary Student Support Officer and Rural Multidisciplinary Placement Coordinator
Amanda Urquhart

Contact us

Get in touch if you have any general questions regarding Deakin Rural Health.

Call +61 3 5563 3035
Email Deakin Rural Health

Warrnambool office

Call +61 3 5563 3504
Deakin University
Warrnambool Campus
Building D, Level 2
Princes Hwy (PO Box 423)
Warrnambool, Victoria 3280

Hamilton office

Call +61 3 5563 3035
20 Foster Street (PO Box 283)
Hamilton, Victoria 3300