The University of Melbourne is a globally engaged, comprehensive, research-intensive university uniquely positioned to respond to the major social, economic and environmental challenges of our time.
Our research is encompassed within several broad research themes. This multidisciplinary approach aims to increase the opportunities for researchers to collaborate on projects that span common themes.View
An overview of the research interests within the department and the project work being carried out by our research groups.View
Research and Evaluation Services
The Department of Rural Health is committed to rural health and the health needs of communities in the Ballarat and Goulburn Murray regions.View
Whether you're just starting out or a seasoned professional, we have something to suit your needs and schedule. With the highest teaching evaluations in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences we are proud to offer our coursework and short course programs to our leaders and future leaders.
The graduate coursework and research degrees offered by Melbourne Medical School are the perfect way to begin or progress your career.View
Our short courses are designed to keep you up to date with the latest research and information.View
Current Student Resources
Further information for all students in the Melbourne Medical School, including Doctor of Medicine students, plus links to University student resources.View
Scholarships, Bursaries and Prizes
The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences offer an extensive range of scholarships and bursaries to undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students.View
Information for prospective students who have lived in a rural/regional area for 5 years consecutively or 10 years cumulatively since birth.
Rural Pathway to the Doctor of Medicine
As part of the University of Melbourne’s commitment to rural health, the Melbourne Medical School in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences will be offering a Rural Pathway option within the Doctor of Medicine, where training for the entire degree will be conducted in rural Victoria.
Thank you for engaging with the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences. As a friend and supporter of this faculty you will help create scholarships for our students, support groundbreaking research, and build important partnerships and support community engagement.
Our pride in our graduates and in their lives spent improving the health and well-being of others is matched by our desire to maintain strong connections with all who have passed through our doors.View
The MMSSA program is designed to promote understanding of the role of public contribution among the student body and develop a culture of mutual support that endures throughout the lives of graduates.View
We are grateful for the many ways in which our alumni and donors support the work of the Faculty.View
Our key partnerships.View
Outlook Rural Health Club and Moovin Health Club
Outlook Rural Health Club is a multidisciplinary student organisation of the University of Melbourne, committed to raising awareness of the health needs of rural and remote Australia with a particular focus on Indigenous health.
Welcome to the Department of Rural Health
Professor Julian Wright
Our Department provides professional health education and research training in a rural context. Based at Shepparton in the Goulburn Valley, we have major nodes at Ballarat and Wangaratta and associations with nearly 40 smaller towns in rural Victoria.
"Excellence and equity in Rural Health through education, research and engagement"
The Department of Rural Health operates within the Melbourne Medical School at The University of Melbourne.
Our purpose is to provide professional health education and research training in rural areas with an aim to increase the rural health workforce. We work closely with the local community and healthcare partners to deliver on a shared vision to increase, support and retain the rural health workforce. Our partnerships and community involvement underpin our teaching and research.
View our brochure to discover more about what we do within the Department.
Rural Clinical School
The Rural Clinical School is a key program of the Department of Rural Health, the University of Melbourne’s centre for teaching, research and community engagement in rural health.
The Department of Rural Health has a strong commitment to, and is actively involved in, education and research in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health. We support Aboriginal students undertaking a range of courses – from the Specialist Certificate in Empowering Health in Aboriginal Communities ; through to the Graduate Certificate in Aboriginal Health in Rural Communities, Master of Public Health and PhD. We also support students studying nursing programs at GOTAFE and La Trobe University in the Goulburn Valley (in partnership with ASHE).
Our research program aims to undertake research with impact for rural communities in our region. Research is conducted by a small team across the following themes:
- Rural Health Workforce
- Rural Chronic Ill-health
- Culturally Inclusive Rural Health Care
- Rural Health Academic Network (RHAN)
Going Rural Health
The Going Rural Health team supports around 1500 allied health and nursing students each year from a range of different universities and disciplines to undertake a rural clinical placement.
The team actively works with health services and education providers, along with students directly, to assist and improve the learning and rural experiences that students gain during their placement.
Goulburn Valley Regional Training Hub
The Goulburn Valley Regional Training Hub is a Commonwealth Funded program managed by the Department of Rural Health, University of Melbourne.
Centre for Excellence in Rural Sexual Health
The vision of the Centre for Excellence in Rural Sexual Health (CERSH) is that all rural Victorians have access to quality sexual health care, information and support that is tailored to their individual needs.