Rural Health Education

The Rural Health Education workstream aims to assist in increasing the provision of effective, high quality, clinical training (placements) for nursing, midwifery, allied health and dentistry students within the Three Rivers DRH footprint.


  • Increase the number of effective rural training experiences (placements) for health students.
  • Ensure these rural training experiences are of high quality.
  • Engage with the local community to support the delivery of training to health students.
  • Provide regional leadership in developing innovative training solutions to address rural workforce recruitment and retention.

Our focus

Our main focus is helping to increase the provision of effective, high quality, clinical training (placements) for health students. Our programs and support services cover:

  • student accommodation at rural clinical placement locations
  • financial assistance for health students participating in clinical placements
  • information and links to resources to assist health students during their clinical placement
  • access to student support networks.

Student eligibility

To be considered eligible for support from Three Rivers DRH, Charles Sturt University students must be enrolled in one of the eligible courses and be attending their clinical placement within the Three Rivers DRH location footprint.

We're here to help

Our team is experienced and qualified in working with students, educators, researchers, clinicians, community groups and other stakeholders throughout rural NSW. We have a network of seven academic clinical educators:

  • working across disciplines
  • with special interest areas
  • strong partnerships with industry and providers in each location.


Brent Smith – has a background in regional and rural private practice in podiatric medicine


Jayne Lawrence – is a registered nurse and midwife, and lecturer in First Nations rural health co-located within Bila Muuji in Dubbo

Elsie de Klerk – is an occupational therapist and has worked in various clinical settings


Rebecca Barry – is a social worker with a strong interest in mental health practice


Elise Ryan – is a registered nurse specialising in paediatrics and nursing clinical education

Wagga Wagga

Elyce Green – is a registered nurse and midwife with a background in critical care nursing in rural and regional areas. She is Three Rivers’ Senior Lecturer in Rural Health, Rural Health Education Lead

Alicia Carey – is a registered nurse and midwife, having worked in regional, rural and remote settings

Contact our clinical educators

Three Rivers DRH whole team