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in Regional, Rural and Remote
Southern Queensland

A University Department of Rural Health

Southern Queensland Rural Health (SQRH) supports nursing, midwifery, allied health students and health professionals to develop a high quality and highly skilled workforce across regional, rural and remote Southern Queensland.

A BRIGHT FUTURE FOR RURAL HEALTH IN SOUTHERN QUEENSLAND

Established in late 2017, Southern Queensland Rural Health (SQRH) is a Commonwealth-funded collaboration between The University of Queensland, University of Southern Queensland, Darling Downs Health and South West Hospital and Health Service.

Working closely with our rural communities, stakeholders, students and health professionals, we are committed to engaging and educating a high quality and highly skilled rural health workforce across regional, rural and remote Southern Queensland.

SQRH operates from two main training sites - Toowoomba on the Darling Downs and Charleville in the far South West of Queensland, as well as servicing various spoke sites to provide education and support to rural health professionals and high-quality rural training for nursing, midwifery and allied health students.

Healthy Communities


We focus on developing the capability of our rural health workforce and proactively working collaboratively with our regional, rural and remote stakeholders to address rural health workforce shortages in Southern Queensland. While this is a large and complex issue, SQRH’s key priority is to encourage nursing, midwifery and allied health students to consider rural practice and provide support to ensure this experience is positive.

We do this by:

  • Working with Darling Downs Health and South West Hospital and Health Service and other local health providers, to deliver effective, high quality rural training experiences for nursing, midwifery and allied health students.
  • Improving rural student recruitment in regional, rural and remote Southern Queensland.
  • Providing regional leadership in developing innovative training solutions for rural health professionals.
  • Improving the capability for health students and staff in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.
  • Maintaining and progressing an evidence base and the rural health research agenda.
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