Linking and supporting the University Departments of Rural Health across Australia
ARHEN, an incorporated company, was established in 2001 and is the peak body for the 11 University Departments of Rural Health (UDRH) which are located in every State and the NT.
Member UDRHs are well established, diverse and complementary, forming the most significant rural health academic consolidation in Australia.
UDRHs are focused on expanding and enhancing the rural and remote health workforce through multidisciplinary education and training, research, professional support and service development.
A key role of the UDRHs is to provide and coordinate rural and remote placements for health students across Australia.
The UDRHs are the only rurally based academic units that work with all health disciplines at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and with the existing workforce.
As a group, UDRHs have a commitment to ensuring that the health workforce needs of rural and remote areas are addressed by national strategies.
Achievement of better rural health through learning.
To lead and initiate the rural health agenda in the areas of education and research.