Evaluation of the University Departments of Rural Health Program and the Rural Clinical Schools Program

RCS Site Profile: Monash University School of Rural Health RCS Program (profiled by regional hub)

Page last updated: 2009

Gippsland Regional Clinical School

Site detail74

Name and address of main site

Gippsland Regional Clinical School
Princes Highway, Traralgon
C/o Latrobe Regional Hospital
POB 424
Traralgon VIC 3844

Number and location of additional sites (with office space, personnel)

1 additional site: Warragul

Mission statement

Improving Rural Health

Start date

2001

Student numbers

2007

45

2008

76

Capital works and facilities as at July 2008

  • Traralgon 10 offices
  • Auditorium
  • 3 tutorial rooms
  • Small clinical skills lab
  • Small student common rom
  • Use of LRH library
  • Warraful 3 offices
  • 2 tutorial rooms
  • Use of West Gippsland Hospital library

Site straining capacity

Nature of site

2007

2008

Warragul
Hospital, community mental health servicesYr 3=21; Yr 4=24; Yr 5=0

(across all sites
Yr 3=24; Yr 4=26; Yr 5=26

(across all sites
Traralgon
Hospital, GP clinic, community mental health services, mental health community residential care unit
Moe
GP clinic,
Leongatha
GP clinic,
Trafalgar
GP clinic,
Korumburra
GP clinic, community mental health services

East Gippsland Regional

Site detail75

Name and address of main site

East Gippsland Regional Clinical School
Bairnsdale Regional Hospital
Day Street
Bairnsdale VIC 3875

Number and location of additional sites (with office space, personnel)

Sale Campus, Central Gippsland Health Service, Guthridge Parade, Sale

Mission Statement

The East Gippsland Regional Clinical School aims to develop a reputation for excellence and innovation in medical undergraduate curriculum delivery. The East Gippsland Regional Clinical School aims to provide comprehensive and varied educational programs in rural health and rural medicine, and become a popular choice amongst medical students in placement selection.

Start date

2001

Total staffing numbers

6 full time staff
14 fractional academics (0.1/0.2 FTE)
45 academic sessional staff

Student numbers

2007

17

2008

16

Capital works and facilities as at July 2008

Bairnsdale

  • 3 tutorial rooms
  • Clinical skills lab
  • 6 offices
  • One 6 bedroom house

Sale

  • 1 tutorial room
  • 2 offices
  • 2 accomodation facilities totalling 10 beds

    Site training capacity

    Nature of training site

    2007

    2008

    Bairnsdale
    Year 4 MBBS98
    Sale
    Year 3 MBBS88

Bendigo Regional Clinical School

Site detail76

Name and address of main site

Bendigo Regional Clinical School
37 Rowan St
(PO Box 666)
Bendigo VIC 3552

Number and location of additional sites (with office space, personnel)

NA

Mission statement

  • 1. Provide short and extended programs for medical and other health science students in rural areas in order to develop and strengthen the understanding, skills and values that will enable them to offer the highest standard of health care to rural populations.
  • 2. Provide rural medical practitioners and other health professionals with ongoing educational support that will enhance their own professional development and the standards of care they provide to rural populations.
  • 3. Conduct research that informs rural health policy, education and the development of viable and sustainable health services in rural areas.
  • 4. Promote and support the rural health sector through community engagement training and development.
  • 5. Develop and implement organisational processes in an environment that is open, dynamic and supportive of personal professional aspirations, based on principles of cooperation and the valuing of all staff.
  • 6. Support, through all these strategies, the recruitment and retention of a dynamic and effective rural health workforce.

Start date

2001

Total staffing numbers

Bendigo Regional Clinical School: 26 staff (16.2 EFT) plus sessional clinical teachers
Research: 9 staff (7.05 EFT)
Office of Head of School: 16 staff (9.1 EFT)

Student numbers

2007 & 2008

Yr 1: 145 x 1 week
Yr 2: 141 x 2 weeks
Yr 3: 18 x 36 weeks and 8 Uni of Melb x 18 weeks
Yr 4: 8 x 36 weeks and 28 x 18 weeks
Yr 5: 58 x 6 weeks and 8 Uni of Melb x 10 weeks

Capital works and facilities as at July 2008

Bendigo

  • Lister House office: 30 staff, 2 conference rooms, meeting room, training room
  • Lister House student accomodation for 55 students
  • Mercy St: 100 seat auditorium, 3 tutorial rooms, skills lab, library, offices
  • Rental properties for student accomodation

    Site training capacity

    Nature of training site

    2007

    2008

    Bendigo
    Hospital, rehab, aged care, psych (Bendigo Health Care Group)Approx 55 at any one time.Approx 55 at any one time
    General practice (6 Bendigo, 2 Castlemaine, Kerang, Swan Hill)1 per site1 per site
    Specialist / consultants (6)1 per site1 per site

Main areas of research interest

  • workforce
  • Rural health models

Mildura Regional Clinical School

Site Detail77

Name and address of main site

Mildura Regional Clinical School
231-237 13th Street
Mildura VIC 3500
(PO Box 6252 Mildura West)

Mission statement

Improving Rural Health

Start date

2001

Total staffing numbers

7 (5.3 FTE plus sessional administrative assistance and tutoring staff

Student numbers

2007 and 2008

Year 1: 20 students rural rotation, 1 week rotation
Year 2: 12 students rural rotation, 2 x 2 week rotation
Year 3: 8 students full academic year
Year 4: 10 students full academic year blocks of 1 or 2 semesters
Year 5: 6 blocks of 6 weeks, each block up to 6 students

Capital works and facilities as at July 2008

RCS site
  • 10 bed on-site student accomodation adjacent to office building
  • Administration/teaching block consisting of 2 tutorial rooms, staff offices, small office used as tele-conference room for remote tutorials
  • No library, no clinical skills lab
  • Use of Mildura Base Hospital Library
  • 2 doctors rooms and nurse treatment room for visiting clinic where students form part of the team EG Genetics Clinic, Palliative Care Clinic
  • Students and staff utilise small office converted into tea room (no student common room/area)
  • Women's health clinic: 2 consulting rooms

Site training capacity

Nature of training site

2007

2008

Year 1
Rural health
Hospital
Community health OH&S
1820
Year 2
Rural health
Community health
General practice
Ambulance
1212
Year 3
Medical and surgical
Hospital based
88
Year 4
Women's health
Children's health
Psychological medicine
General practice
1010
Year 5
Medical rotation
Surgical rotation
Emergency department
Rotation
2-62-6

Main areas of research interest

Teaching methods

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77Data and information provided by the RCS, as at August 2008, unless otherwise specified.