​Rural Research Capacity Building Program (RRCBP)


The Rural Research Capacity Building Program is one of NSW Health’s key strategies for building research capacity in rural NSW, as reflected in the NSW Rural Health Plan. 

The two year experiential research program provides a structured pathway of learning designed to provide novice researchers with enhanced skills and knowledge to complete their own research projects. 

Candidates attend a series of workshops and concurrently develop their research proposal, create the research protocol, gain approval by an ethics committee, collect and analyse data and complete a portfolio of evidence and research report. 

NSW Health employees who are rurally located with no previous experience or limited exposure to research are eligible to apply.

Applicants must include a research proposal with their submission. It is recommended candidates discuss their proposal with the Rural Research Program Officers. Alignment of the applicant’s proposal with Local Health District Strategic Plan or NSW Health strategic or operational priorities is required.

Key Dates:

​Applications OPEN:
Information Session (zoom):
​12 August 2020
Applications CLOSE:
​5pm 10 September 2020
Notification of Successful Applicants:
​25 September 2020

Zoom Information Session Recording

Password: 8Y?CG2kf 

Application Documents:

2020-2021 RRCBP Information and Application Guidelines

2020-2021 RRCBP Application

2020-2021 RRCBP FAQ for Applicants

2020-2021 RRCBP FAQ for Managers

Endorsement: Please ensure you have completed the HNELHD Additional Endorsement Page (has been embedded into the application form) that seeks signature/endorsement from your General Manager or Director. Your manager should be able to facilitate this for you once they have endorsed your application.

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All HNE staff considering applying for this program please contact:

Rural and Regional Research Office:

Phone: Telephone: (02) 6763 7404

Email: HNELHD-RuralResearch@health.nsw.gov.au

For information on the program please contact the Health Education & Training Institute (HETI) Contacts:

Kerith Duncanson, Rural Research Program Officer: Phone: 0428 848 264, Email: kerith.duncanson@health.nsw.gov.au

David Schmidt, Rural Research Program Officer: Phone: (02) 6492 9104, Email: david.schmidt@health.nsw.gov.au 

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