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HETI: Rural Research Capacity Building Program

2023 Rural Research Capacity Building Program  

The Rural Research Capacity Building Program (RRCBP) 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 Officer. Alignment of the applicant’s proposal with Local Health District Strategic Plan or NSW Health strategic or operational priorities is required.

Key Dates

Applications OPENMarch 2023
Applications DUE to HNE Research Office via email to HNE RO:
1 May 2023
Applications reviewed by LHD/service RRCBP panel and HETI review panel2-17 May 2023
OUTCOMES Notified:
19 May 2023

Application Documents

Information Sessions

Zoom information sessions will be held for prospective applicants:

  • Tuesday 21 March 2023 from11:00am to 12 noon

View session recording link

Passcode: 7&64^5iD

  • Thursday 6 April 2023 from 8:15am to 9:15am

Join from PC, Mac, iOS or Android: https://nswiop.zoom.us/j/85220939739

Join by phone: 02 8015 2088

Meeting ID: 852 2093 9739


All HNE staff considering applying for this program please contact:

HNE Research Office: Kathryn Reilly

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

Phone: (02) 4921 4140

Health Education & Training Institute (HETI) - for further information on the program and eligibility:

Kerith Duncanson, Senior Program Manager - Rural Research Education

Phone: 0428 848 264

Email: kerith.duncanson@health.nsw.gov.au

David Schmidt, Senior Program Manager - Rural Research Education

Phone: 0447 915 863 / (02) 6492 9104

Email: david.schmidt@health.nsw.gov.au