The Combined Universities Centre for Rural Health (CUCRH) exists to improve rural, remote and Indigenous health through excellence in applied scholarly research, innovative health education programs and community service activities. As an academic centre of all five Western Australian universities, CUCRH strives to bring the strengths of universities to bear on the challenges of improving rural, remote and Indigenous health.
Our core business is threefold:
- Education: CUCRH actively promotes health science careers and makes a significant contribution to rural undergraduate experience through the delivery of education and orientation. We facilitate innovative multidisciplinary rural practicum placements, experiential learning programs and cultural orientation training. CUCRH also supports a variety of learning opportunities for higher degree students, health practitioners and the community via seminars, short courses and supervisor/preceptor training.
- Research: CUCRH engages in collaborative, rigorous and evidence-based action research and evaluation activities that seek to redress existing health inequalities and support the rural and remote health workforce. Our active, multidisciplinary and responsive rural health research program aims to generate new knowledge and build research capacity to address key issues. CUCRH routinely conducts needs assessments, strategic planning and evaluation tasks for community and health service agencies.
- Community: CUCRH is committed to working with local communities and is involved in various service activities including delivering expert briefings to government agencies and community organisations, working with community organisations to build capacity and providing meeting space and facilities for various health and community groups. CUCRH is also active in a range of community education and training programs addressing priority health conditions.
CUCRH acknowledges the traditional custodians of country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to them and their cultures, and to the elders both past and present.