Rural Clinical School

Funded through the Australian Government's Rural Clinical Training Support (RCTS) Program, the University of Queensland Rural Clinical School (UQRCS) has a mandate to address health workforce shortages, primarily in rural and regional Queensland.

To achieve this mandate, UQRCS aims to lead and direct the rural health agenda through the highest quality education, training, research and community service.

UQRCS envisions itself as a Clinical School for regional Queensland.  Our Program activity is focussed on a number of distributed Academic Sites, currently:

-        Bundaberg and Hervey Bay in the Wide Bay-Burnett Region,

-        Rockhampton in Central Queensland, and

-        Toowoomba (Darling Downs, South-West Queensland). 

Whilst UQRCS has established significant infrastructure at each of the Academic Sites - people, facilities and services - our scope is broad extending throughout  the Regions where we are based and beyond.

Delivering more of the best doctors for the rural, regional and remote communities in which we are privileged to work is intrinsic to our Purpose

Our Academic Sites

FAQ's about choosing a UQRCS site for clinical school allocation in 2016.

Our academic sites feature learning resources and facilities that support and facilitate face-to-face, bedside and online learning. Our main academic sites are located at:

UQRCS Bundaberg
UQRCS Hervey Bay
UQRCS Rockhampton
UQRCS Toowoomba

Accommodation & Support Services


Ritta Partanen BigA/Prof Riitta Partanen
(Acting) Head, Rural Clinical School
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Our Learning Program

UQRCS offers a clinical training experience like no other.  Our approach is patient-centred and complemented by the latest innovations in medical education and training.  Our classrooms are teaching hospitals, specialist consulting rooms, general practices and health care settings throughout rural and regional. Queensland

UQRCS has an intake of up to 150 medical students in the clinical phase of the medical program who live and work at one of the major academic sites for at least the duration of an academic year.  In addition, there are shorter term (4 - 16 weeks) residential placement opportunities available to all UQ medical students through an extensive training network comprising host communities in rural and remote Queensland and elsewhere. 

As well, UQRCS provides the vision and intellectual framework for the academic Discipline of Rural & Remote Medicine, ensuring experts in rural health inform and guide curriculum development and delivery in the University's medical program

Our Research Program

UQRCS undertakes and facilitates medical and health related research specific to regional, rural and remote areas.  The Rural Clinical School Research Centre is leading  investigations ranging from individual to national or international issues.  

Our Successes

Now in its second decade of operation, UQRCS is able to demonstrate a positive impact on the medical workforce in the Regions in which we work (and elsewhere).  Studies demonstrate that a student who has experienced the Rural Advantage with UQRCS is 2.5 times more likely to work in a rural area when compared with other UQ medical graduates.


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