UCRH Research

Aiming for healthier rural communities

The University Centre for Rural Health (UCRH) conducts a vibrant research program focusing on the health care needs of rural populations around Australia while building research leadership and research capacity within the Northern Rivers region. We seek to engage with policy makers, managers and clinicians in order to enhance the relevance of our research and the application of the findings in community settings. The work of UCRH researchers has gained a national and international reputation, with funding support received on a regular basis from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australian Research Council (ARC) and a range of other Government agencies and support bodies.

Underpinning UCRH research projects is the knowledge that, in general, the health status of the nation’s Aboriginal peoples and rural communities is below that of their urban and/or non-Aboriginal counterparts. There are many reasons for this, including poorer access to health services, greater socioeconomic disadvantage, and higher rates of adverse lifestyle behaviours.

Our programs of research address these issues in ways designed to help improve the health and wellbeing of rural residents and Aboriginal peoples. Our research priorities lie within the domains of health services; population health and rural health workforce, while running through these programs are the key focus areas, maternal and child health, chronic disease, environmental health and mental health and wellbeing.

To help enhance research capacity within the NSW Northern Rivers we supervise postgraduate research students and provide methodological support to rural practitioners undertaking research.


The Centre for Research Excellence: An innovation Platform in Integrated Quality Improvement (CRE-IQI) is a five-year National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC Grant ID (1078927) … more information

Health Services Research

The UCRH works closely with health service partners in the region and across Australia to undertake research aimed at improving health service delivery … more information

Population Health Research

Our population health research aims to improve population health by undertaking research addressing priority issues for health policy … more information

Health Workforce Research

The UCRH is conducting research aimed at improving the skills base, recruitment and retention of rural health practitioners … more information

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