Violet Vines Marshman Centre for Rural Health Research

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

Our Vision and Mission


To be a world leader in the elimination of disparities in rural health and wellbeing.


To narrow the gulf between rural and metropolitan health outcomes, by facilitating high impact research that is rurally focused, collaborative and pragmatic.

Our Research Streams

First Nations & African Health

First Nations & African Health

Improving health and wellbeing outcomes for First Nations and African people in rural areas.

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Preventative and Primary Health Care

Preventative and Primary Health Care

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

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Improving oral health outcomes for rural people

Improving oral health outcomes for rural people

Improving oral health care for rural people by supporting policy change and improvement in service access, treatment, prevention and promotion.

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Developing innovative solutions to health workforce shortages in rural communities.

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Rural Health Consumer Panel

Australia's first and only consumer health panel with a dedicated focus on the lived experiences of rural health consumers.

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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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Professor Ian Anderson AO to deliver 2024 Marshman Oration

We are excited to welcome Professor Ian Anderson AO to deliver the 2024 Violet Vines Marshman Oration: Transforming Indigenous Health in Rural Australia. The Oration will take place on Thursday 25th July from 5pm at La Trobe University, Bendigo Campus.

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Partnership funding applications now open!

Grants of up to $50,000 for community organisations to work with the VVMC on small projects to improve health and wellbeing in rural areas. Applications close Friday 31st May 2024.

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Our work takes place on the unceded lands of First Nations traditional owners across Australia. We acknowledge their Elders and their Ancestors, and we thank them for their ongoing care of the land, skies, and waterways of this country. We also acknowledge First Nations, Indigenous and African communities, their land and their Ancestors.

The VVMCRHR endeavours to honour, respect and position First Nations voices, knowledges, languages and culture through our research, teaching and service and is committed to ‘marra ngarrgoo, marra goorri – the Victorian Aboriginal Health, Medical and Wellbeing Research Accord.’