In the latest Editorial in the Australian Journal of Rural Health, the Editor in Chief, Professor Russell Roberts, argues that Australia has world’s-best infrastructure in rural health research and training, based on a symbiotic network of establishments, programs and events that generate evidence-based practice and practice-based evidence.
Professor Roberts applauds the people within this collaboration of governments, clinicians, researchers and rural health advocates for establishing an “impressive foundation of interconnected elements …”.
The Journal editorial highlights Australia’s rural academic network of 21 universities, comprising 16 University Departments of Rural Health (UDRH) and 19 Rural Clinical Schools (RCS), working under the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training (RHMT) program. In addition, the Australian government has invested in rural medical schools, rural health research institutes and regional researcher development. Further, there are 11 universities with their main campus located in a regional or remote area.
This strong network of rural health workforce training and research is further enabled through the 8th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium – Connecting research, practice & communities, which is being held in Canberra on 6 & 7 October 2021.