Mid North Knowledge Partnership

The Mid North Knowledge Partnership (MNKP) is a research collaboration between universities, community and business. It is hosted by Flinders Rural Health SA, Charles Darwin University and the Mid North community.

The MNKP provides opportunities for students and researchers to undertake research placements in rural areas where such opportunities aren’t readily available. It also provides local communities to have an access point to a university presence.

Our research crosses a range of disciplines all with a focus on the future of small rural communities, including:

  • Rural healthcare professional workforce recruitment and retention
  • Rural life course migration
  • Tourism innovation systems
  • Art and place
  • Youth wellbeing
  • University-community engagement

The MNKP was originally piloted by Professor Dean Carson (Rural and Remote Research) and Dr Doris Carson. We celebrated our fifth birthday in 2016.


How we engage with communities

We engage with our communities on topics of interest. These activities include:

  • the Mid North Directions seminar series;
  • research skill development with local high schools;
  • opportunities to attend national and international conferences;
  • hosting international research symposia with our communities, such as the Burra Science Week; and
  • rural health student visits with schools (medicine, nursing, and allied health).

We host Flinders Doctor of Medicine students for their Advanced Studies research elective. PhD candidates from the Northern Institute at Charles Darwin University are based here as part of their research into the future of small rural communities.


Watch the video: Burra Mid North Science Week



We have active international research collaborations with academics at the:

  • Centre for Rural Medicine, Sweden
  • Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Canada
  • Arctic Research Centre, Nunavut, Canada

This means our local rural research contributes to the international literature and understanding of our rural communities. It also offers opportunities for the co-creation and exchange of knowledge, and student and researcher exchange.


Current research projects

  • Making it Work: Recruit and Retain (Northern Periphery and Arctic Program; European Union)
  • String of Pearls (Country Arts SA, UniSA, Flinders Rural Health SA and Charles Darwin University)
  • National Rural General Practice Survey 2
  • Migration patterns of rural GP’s
  • The future for eHealth in rural areas: a comparison between 'outback' Australia and Swedish Lapland
  • Is there an association between self-efficacy and rural/remote career destinations in PRCC alumni?
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce in South Australia


Contact us

Heidi Hodge
Partnership Manager
Mid North Knowledge Partnership

Phone: (08) 8892 2759
Mobile: 0427 679 207


Flinders Rural Health SA - Burra Campus


Key papers and presentations

Lancelot to Lapland: Implications of Engaged Rural Universities.
Hodge H, Carson D, Berggren P, Strasser R.
University Partnerships for International Development. Special edition: Higher Education, Teaching and Learning. Vol. 8. 2016. In press.

Relationship stressors in distributed rural medical education: NOSM’s engagement with small rural and remote communities.
Carson DB, Carson DA, Hodge HJ. 2017. In press.

University community engagement in small rural settlements: Lessons from here and there.
Hodge H, Carson D,  Berggren P.
Podium presentation, International Community Engaged Medical Education of the North (ICEMEN) conference, Sault Ste Marie, Canada, 2016.

Understanding local innovation systems in peripheral tourism destinations.
Carson DA, Carson DB, Hodge HJ.
Tourism Geographies, Vol. 16:3, pp. 457-473. 2014.

Using Internet technologies in rural communities to access services: The views of older people and service providers.
Hodge H, Carson D, Carson DB, Newman L, Garrett J. 
2016. Online.

A rural community seeks possibilities in addressing youth homelessness.
Richards J, Hodge H.
Concurrent session, National Rural Health Conference, Darwin, Australia. 2015.

The World Café: empowering the local voice through rural community. 
Richards J, Hodge H.
Podium presentation, International Community Engaged Medical Education of the North (ICEMEN) conference, Sault Ste Marie, Canada. 2016.

The relationship between self-efficacy and rural practice intentions in a South Australian medical student cohort.
Rooke N, Bentley M.
Podium presentation, International Community Engaged Medical Education of the North (ICEMEN) conference, Sault Ste Marie, Canada. 2016.

Recruitment and Retention of professional labour: the health workforce at the settlement level.
Carson DB, Wenghofer E, Timony P, Schoo A, Berggren P, Charters B, White DR, Vuin A, Garrett J.
Chapter 14 in Settlements at the Edge: Remote Human Settlements in Developed Nations. Taylor, A. et. Al. (ed) pp. 320-336,  2016