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

RCS Site Profile: Spencer Gulf Rural Health School

Page last updated: 2009

Site Detail78

Name and address of main site

Spencer Gulf Rural Health School
Univeristy of Adelaide
Whyalla Campus
Nicholson Avenue
Whyalla Norrie SA 5608

Collaborating universities

University of South Australia

Mission statement

To conduct education and research to improve the health of rural and remote communities.

Start date

1997

Total staffing numbers

38 (16.8 FTE)

Student numbers

200779

12 in 5th academic RCS year
12 in 6th academic RCS year

2008

19 in 5th academic RCS year (3 international)
8 in 6th academic RCS (4 week SCAP80 placements)

Captial works and facilities as at July 200881

Barossa Valley

  • In partnership with FURCS we have funded 50/50 to lease student accomodation and office space including staff wages and student support

Booleroo Centre

  • Resource rooms and consultancy rooms built on to medical centre
  • Nursing home quarters upgraded (4 bedrooms) with living areas

Clare

  • Funds contributed to rebuilding of GP practice for SGRHS to have a resource room which included videoconferencing and a consultant room
  • Currently lease one 4 bedroom home

Kadina/Wallaroo

  • Funds to upgrade general practice to include resource room, videoconferencing and consultancy
  • Currently lease one 4 bedroom home

Maitland

  • Leased 3 bedroom home, self contained with IT facilities

Minlaton

  • One 5 bedroom house purchased and self contained with IT access
  • Funds to refurbish student resource room and office space

Port Augusta

  • Twelve 2 bedroom units purchased and refurbished, self-contained with 1 unit converted to a common room with IT facilities
  • Part of the old hospital has been refurbished to be a resource room, videoconferencing room and office space

Port Lincoln

  • Two 3 bedroom homes built by RCS funds both units are self-contained and have IT access
  • One 4 bedroom house leased
  • Port Lincoln Learning Centre: complex with a tutorial office, academic and research offices and a secure video conferencing/tutorial room

Whyalla

  • Block of units purchased and refurbished with 4 self contained 2 bedrooms and 2 self contained 1 bedrooms. One of the single bedrooms has been converted to a common room
  • A Unisa 8 bedroom unit is leased for RCS and UDRH student accomodation
  • The University of South Australia has a campus at Whyalla, and the RCS have a department and student facilities there including classrooms, lecture theatre, video-conferencing, computers, library.

Site training capacity

Nature of training site (eg GP surgery)

No. Students 2007

No. Students 2008

Clare

GP practice2 in 5th Year3 in 5th Year

Kadina

GP practice2 in 5th Year3 in 5th Year

Pika Wiya ACCHO

GP practice3 in 5th Year2 in 5th Year
1 in 6th Year

Port Augusta

GP practice
Hospital
3 in 5th Year
15 in 5th Year
2 in 5th Year
20 in 5th Year
1 in 6th Year

Port Lincoln

GP practice
Hospital
5 in 5th Year
7 in 6th Year
5 in 5th Year
1 in 6th Year

Port Pirie

GP practice
Hospital
2 in 6th Year
5 in 5th Year
1 in 6th Year
6 in 5th Year

Whyalla

GP practice
Hospital
1 in 6th Year
4 in 5th Year
3 in 5th Year
1 in 6th Year
6 in 5th Year

Main areas of research interest

  • Rural medical workforce capacity
  • Medical education
  • Rural health practice

78Data and information provided by the RCS, as at August 2008, unless otherwise specified
79Data sourced from 2007 annual report
80Specialist Community Ambulatory Placements
81Whyalla, Port Augusta (2), Minlaton. Leased properties: Whyalla, Port Lincoln, Wallaroo, Clare, Maitland - combination of Houses and units/portable units.