Our Research

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Flinders Rural Health SA undertakes strategic research into the key themes of rural health workforce, clinical education, health services, mental health and aboriginal health.

We partner with other universities, governments and communities to address local, national and international rural health challenges.

Through our highly successful academic programs, rural students also contribute to our research outcomes through community engagement activities and projects.


Priority research areas

Our research is themed under five key priority areas:


Rural health workforce

  • How policies have affected the geographic health workforce distribution since 1986.
  • Rural clinical education and the impact on retention in rural practice.
  • Preparation of Speech-Language Pathology students for remote area practice.
Learn more about the BURRA Venture (Better Understanding from Research about Rural General Practice in Australia)


Clinical education

  • Establishing new medical schools in low-resourced settings.
  • Interprofessional learning and the impact on developing professional identity and role-clarity.
  • Thai community stakeholder views of Community Based Medical Education.


Health services

  • Early dynamic ultrasound for neonatal hip instability to optimise conservative management.
  • Motivational interviewing in rural health practice.
  • Clinical educators enhancing rural and remote health services and their sustainability.


Mental health

  • Longitudinal study of rural mental health services.
  • Rural community mental health model of care.
  • Alcohol consumption of Australian wine producing communities.
  • School-based mental health service models.


Aboriginal health

  • Success stories of Aboriginal female doctors.
  • Cost effectiveness of point-of-care testing in reducing unnecessary remote medical retrievals for acute clinical presentations.

Research team

The Flinders Rural Health SA research team consists of a director, senior and early-career researchers and research higher degree (RHD) students.

We also work with:


Rural clinicians and local communities

  • To develop research capacity of rural clinicians and local community organisation.
  • To open partnerships and showcase research activities and outcomes.
  • To support community groups and policy makers to develop and complete research projects that inform rural health systems.


Rural students

  • Our academic staff supervise medical, allied health and nursing students to conduct rural research.


Department of Health

  • To continue to develop and maintain the graduated destination tracking database.
  • To collaborate with other universities about rural graduates.