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What we do...

  • Summing It Up
  • Midwest
  • Perth
  • Strategic Plan
  • About Geraldton
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WACRH aims to improve rural, remote and Aboriginal health through research, education, student support and community service activities. WACRH operates with support from The University of Western Australia but also works closely with numerous health organisations, on a local and national level.



Student SupportStudent Support

The Centre offers a number of free programs and services to students from all health disciplines. WACRH also coordinates Health Science student placements in Geraldton and surrounding communities.


Rural Health and Aboriginal Health Research

Academic research is an integral part of WACRH’s activities. Many of WACRH’s research projects focus on Aboriginal Health and endeavour to translate theory into actions that benefit remote and rural communities in WA.

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Workforce Support

Health workforce development and support is ingrained in the Centre’s dynamics.  WACRH works to encourage health professionals to pursue their careers in rural areas and promotes access to higher education and professional development opportunities.



WA Centre for Rural Health in Geraldton

WACRH's main offices are based on Fitzgerald St, in Geraldton.  Commonly known as 'the A frame on top of the hill', WACRH is located at the heart of the town's education and medical precinct, and also adjoins its student accommodation facilities located on Milford Street.  WACRH works to provide professional and student support and research to outlying communities, including Mullewa, Three Springs, Mt Magnet, Morawa and Yalgoo.

Contact WACRH's Main Offices in Geraldton on (08) 9956 0200 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



WACRH works closely with Aboriginal and health groups based in Mullewa (aproximately 100 kms east of Geraldton).  WACRH staff are currently piloting a Healthy Communities Assessment tool with inter-agency members as part of a broader reaserch project exploring Aboriginal and mainstreams partnerships (More than Talk).


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Mt Magnet

WACRH regularly runs student placement programs in Mt Magnet.  Staff work in collaboration with the Bidi Bdi centre, the Geraldton Regional Aboriginal Medical  Service and local school.
WACRH has also commenced Research and Evaluation projects in Mt Magnet.



The University of Western Australia

WACRH works in partnership with the University of Western Australia.  UWA's corporate guidelines and organisational standards are translated through WACRH's administrative processes and policies.



 WACRH Office at SPGH
The WA Centre for Rural Health also operates from UWA's School of Population and Global Health (SPGH)
office based on the University's grounds.  Staff oversee a range of Research projects as well as research-related administration.
Contact WACRH staff in Perth on (08) 6488 2530 or (08) 6488 8735

 WACRH Office at School of Population and Global Health

The WA Centre for Rural Health also operates from UWA's School of Population and Global Health (SPGH) office based on the University's grounds. 

Staff oversee a range of Research projects as well as research-related administration.

Contact WACRH staff in Perth on (08) 6488 2530 or (08) 6488 8735





Our Vision

Optimal health and wellbeing for people living in rural and remote communities in Western Australia

Our Mission

Innovative rural health education and research to improve health in rural communities

Our Guiding Principles

1. Work collaboratively with our partners and in our professional networks

2. Value and respect the rich cultural diversity of Western Australia, in particular, work with Aboriginal communities to help them build on their strengths and address disadvantage

3. Undertake our work with integrity and transparency, and always seek to do the right thing

4. Promote socially inclusive approaches that engage individuals and communities to identify their needs, and work with them to promote their physical, psychological and social wellbeing

5. Commit to continuous improvement and reflective practice so that we continue to learn and extend our reach

6. Foster an organisational environment that provides opportunities for all to grow and excel

See the WA Centre for Rural Health Strategic Plan 2017-2020 here

Some broader information about Geraldton

This video features a twenty-two minute documentary about everything that makes Geraldton a great place to live, study or work.  It provides students coming on placement with a useful glimpse into the Town and its services.


Other UDRHs

A total of 10 other UDRHs across Australia, currently carry out work to improve access by rural and remote communities to appropriate services through the promotion of professional support, education and training for rural and remote health workers.

Their websites can be accessed from the links below:


Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health


University of SA


Centre for Remote Health

UDRH, Department of Rural Health University of Tasmania

Australian Rural Education Health Network

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. ARHEN works to link and support all UDRHs across Australia, including CUCRH. Access the ARHEN website.

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