School of Primary, Aboriginal and Rural Health Care

Foundations of Clinical Practice, Year 6

Rural General Practice is a compulsory component of the Year 6 curriculum for all students, who are placed in rural and remote locations for a five-week term. These locations are all over our enormous state from the Kimberley to the Great Southern. Students are able to indicate their regional preferences but placements depend on preceptor availability and other factors.

The Rural Clinical School administrator arranges placements, accommodation and transport for the students and the Rural Clinical School academic mentors provide support via their hubs in Albany, Broome, Bunbury, Busselton, Carnarvon, Derby, Esperance, Geraldton, Karratha, Kununurra, Narrogin, Northam, Port Hedland. The unit is coordinated and assessed by the UWA Division of General Practice.

This five-week term starts with a one-day urban orientation before the students travel to their sites and ends with an assessment day back on campus. The students are encouraged to engage in all aspects of the rural community. Students find that the rural placement in sixth year enables them to take a level of clinical responsibility not available to them in the urban environment. The placement provides an opportunity to increase their practical skills and expand knowledge in all speciality areas. Assessment in this unit is multifaceted and includes a preceptor report, case-based discussions and a written assignment.

After graduation, students report that their rural GP placement was the most helpful placement for them in preparing for their internship. Students are often inspired to do some of their postgraduate training in rural and regional areas and even commit to a rural career, whether that be in General Practice or another specialty.


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