Provide leadership and strategic direction in rural health education and research
Provide advocacy through a national voice and conduit for members
Strengthen the UDRH network through coordination and communication
Linking and supporting the University Departments of Rural Health across Australia
ARHEN was established in 2001 and is the peak body for 11 University Departments of Rural Health (UDRHs) which are located in every State and the Northern Territory.
Vision: Achievement of better rural health through learning.
Guiding purpose: To lead and initiate the rural health agenda in the areas of education and research.
UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENTS OF RURAL HEALTH
There are 11 UDRHs with a range of satellite sites.
Each UDRH is a leader in multidisciplinary rural health education, research and the development of innovative models. They are the only rurally based academic facilities that are multidisciplinary, work at undergraduate and post graduate levels and also with the existing workforce. The UDRH program is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing.