The WA Centre for Rural Health (WACRH) at The University of Western Australia is one of 17 Commonwealth-funded University Departments of Rural Health (UDRH) in Australia, located in the Midwest and Pilbara regions of Western Australia.
WACRH aims to improve rural, remote and Aboriginal health through education, student placement support, research and community service activities, as well as to facilitate quality allied health, nursing and pharmacy clinical placements for students from all Australian universities. We work to improve the recruitment and retention of allied health, pharmacy and nursing (health) professionals in rural and remote Australia.
WACRH operates across two large rural regions, in the Midwest and the Pilbara of Western Australia, as well as having a city-based office at The University of Western Australia in Perth. The main office is based in Geraldton in the Midwest of Western Australia. The Pilbara office is based in the City of Karratha.
The Geraldton office provides professional and student support and research to the Midwest and Gascoyne community, with opportunities for student placements, community development projects, and research activities in Carnarvon, Mt Magnet, Yalgoo, and Mullewa.
The Karratha office provides professional and student support and research to the Pilbara community, with opportunities for student placements, community development projects, and research activities in Roebourne, Port Hedland, and Newman.
WACRH has an office in the School of Allied Health (SAH) at The University of Western Australia (UWA) in Perth. This provides a base for a small number of research staff and enables WACRH staff to keep connection with the SAH, UWA, professional colleagues and stakeholder organisations.
Professor Sandra Thompson is Director of the WA Centre for Rural Health, Chair of Rural Health at UWA, and a professor of rural, remote and regional health. Challenging current healthcare delivery methods and improving the healthcare experiences of rural communities is a key focus of her research.
Dr Ivan Lin is a physiotherapist clinician/researcher and senior lecturer. His work focuses on reducing the burden of musculoskeletal pain, improving the effectiveness of clinical communication, and improving outcomes in Aboriginal, remote and rural health care.
Associate Professor Monica Moran is an experienced health professional educator and researcher with a background in occupational therapy. At the WA Centre for Rural Health, her focus is on the development, implementation and evaluation of practice-based learning in rural and remote locations.
Rohan Rasiah is an Associate Professor at the WA Centre for Rural Health in the Pilbara. He is a community pharmacist whose research interests include rural and remote health workforce development, provision of health and social care services to remote communities, and Aboriginal Health.
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The WA Centre for Rural Health (WACRH) supports a range of Allied Health, Nursing and Pharmacy rural clinical placements in the Midwest and Pilbara of Western Australia.