UniSA DRH Research Scheme

The UniSA Department of Rural Health Research Scheme aims to provide rural South Australian health practitioners with an opportunity to build their skills in research. Scheme participants will undertake a research activity, under the supervision of researchers from the Department of Rural Health at the University of South Australia, and be paid for their time, 1 day per week over 6 months to work on the project.

Project ideas will be initiated by the rural health practitioner but be refined in collaboration with research staff from the Department of Rural Health to ensure feasibility within the given time frame and alignment with the Department’s goals. This scheme provides health practitioners an opportunity to gain research skills and experience, build their research track record, establish collaborations and explore pathways for further development of research skills through postgraduate study.


  1. To build research capacity within the South Australian rural health workforce
  2. To conduct research that is translatable to practice
  3. To improve rural health outcomes through evidence-based practice


  1. A university degree, and experience working in, an area related to health or social care
  2. An interest in research
  3. Currently works in rural, remote or regional South Australia as a health practitioner (Modified Monash Model category 2-7, see https://www.modifiedmonashmodel.com/ to check your location)
  4. Interest in pursuing a research question relevant to improving rural health outcomes


UniSA Department of Rural Health Research Scheme participants will be paid for their time, 1 day per week over 6 months, at a rate that is commensurate with their qualifications and experience.


  • Applications due by: 1 October 2021
  • Notification of outcomes: 11 October 2021
  • Program commencement: 1 November 2021
  • Program completion: 29 April 2022


Expressions of interest for the program close on 1 October 2021. To apply, please complete the attached form and email to kate.gunn@unisa.edu.au   


1 day per week for 6 months (140 hours). Some out of hours work may be required.


Access to your own computer and Internet and evidence of support from your employer/ supervisor to participate (if applicable). Program participants will primarily work remotely but may attend the University or one of our regional training sites to work within the Department of Rural Health on selected days.


Program participants will be provided with training opportunities through the University of South Australia. Training will be tailored to the needs of their individual project, but in general would cover research project design, data collection, analysis and reporting. Health practitioners will work within a team of researchers from the Department of Rural Health and will be provided with guidance and support from a dedicated project officer.


If you have any questions about the program please contact Dr Kate Gunn on 0417852537 or kate.gunn@unisa.edu.au