Southern Queensland Rural Health (SQRH) is a University Department of Rural Health (UDRH) and is a collaboration between The University of Queensland, University of Southern Queensland, Darling Downs Health and South West Hospital and Health Service. SQRH is funded through the Commonwealth Department of Health under the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training Program.
SQRH exists to increase rural health education and training opportunities for nursing, midwifery and allied health students and health professionals in regional, rural, and remote communities across Southern Queensland.
In early 2016, discussions between The University of Queensland (UQ), University of Southern Queensland (UniSQ), Darling Downs Health and South West Hospital and Health Service identified the need to build and improve the rural health workforce in Southern Queensland. In late 2017, Southern Queensland Rural Health was established through a formal joint venture between the four organisations and funded by the Australian Government under the Rural Health Multi-Disciplinary Training (RHMT) Program.
Through the strong collaboration between UQ (one of the top 50 universities in the world), UniSQ (known for their long history of providing regional health education across Southern Queensland), and two highly respected regional and rural health services, SQRH is well placed to develop a true rural health workforce pipeline from university to employment.
Since 2017, we have worked tirelessly to build a strong reputation in rural health education and training, engaging with numerous valued stakeholders across the region. Starting from a single office in the Toowoomba Hospital, SQRH has grown to:
SQRH is funded to work across 7 key priority areas.