Violet Vines Marshman Centre for Rural Health Research

Transforming rural health outcomes through research, collaboration and community engagement.

La Trobe University’s Violet Vines Marshman Centre for Rural Health Research (VVMCRHR) has launched Australia’s first Rural Health Consumer Panel – and you can be a part of it!

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Violet Vines Marshman

Violet Vines Marshman

The Centre provides sustainable recognition for the legacy of Mrs Violet Vines Marshman.

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Our researchers are co-partnering with communities to transform rural healthcare delivery.

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Partnership funding

Partnership funding

The Centre’s funding stream will support a range of short-term projects with rapid outcomes.

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Our experts are co-partnering with communities to address the challenges facing rural health.

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World-class centre

The Centre was established in December 2019 following a $3 million investment from the VV Marshman Charitable Trust.

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Top 20 worldwide

We’re ranked in the top 20 universities worldwide for our research on key diseases and conditions, our support for healthcare professions, and the health of our students and staff.

Times Higher Education (THE), 2023, Impact Rankings 2023: good health and well-being

World-class in rural health

The Centre is embedded within the La Trobe Rural Health School, the largest rural health school in Australia.

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Lack of fluoride in rural areas impacting children

Since being first introduced into Australia in 1953 improve dental health, water fluoridation has been shown to reduce tooth decay by 26 – 44 per cent in children and adolescents and by 27 per cent in adults.

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