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

RCS Site Profile: University of Sydney Rural Clinical School

Page last updated: 2009

Site Detail94

Name and address of main site

School of Rural Health
11 Moran Drive
(PO Box 1043)
Dubbo NSW 2830

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

2 additional sites
Orange, Bathurst

Mission statement

Promoting rural practice and research through excellence in the delivery of innovative medical education in rural Australia.

Start date

2001

Total staffing numbers

On university payroll: 16.6FTE

Co-joint appointments: 5.6 (Area Health payroll)

Student numbers

200795

58 1st academic RCS year
54 2nd academic RCS year

200896

29 1st academic RCS year
79 2nd academic RCS

Capital works and facilities as at July 2008

Bathurst

  • 9 bedrooms fitted out with computers and printers, with shared bathroom, kitchen and library facilities
  • Students are in the hospital or in local general practices during the day

Dubbo

  • Administration block: 1 meeting/conference room, toilet facilities, 2 open reception areas, toilet facilities, printer/stationary room, storeroom, plantroom, and 10 staff office rooms
  • Clinical/teaching block: 5 small teaching rooms, library, store room, lecture room (capacity 45-50), specialised clinical skills lab/teaching room fully equipped with mannequins, resuscitation and medical equipment as you would find in a rural hospital
  • Student accomodation: 4 individual student blocks, each accomodating 5 students, plus 2 student blocks accomodating 2 students plus 1 student block accomodation 1 (disabled unit). All blocks have shared kitchen and bathroom facilities.
  • In construction at the present: 10 bedroom complex, with student common room, estimated completion date is January 2009
  • All connected to the main campus in Sydney via licensed microwave link
  • Video-conferencing equipment in lecture theatres, conference/meeting rooms and small teaching rooms

Orange

  • Administration blocks: 1 meeting/conference room, 2 toilet facilities, 2 printer/stationary rooms, storeroom, 8 staff office rooms, 2 stationary/print rooms
  • Clinical/teaching block: 3 small teaching rooms, student kitchen and library/common room, toilet facilities, storeroom, lecture room (capacity 40-45), with specialised clinical skills lab/teaching room fully equipped with mannequins, resuscitation and medical equipment as you would find in a rural hospital
  • Student accomodation: 2 individual student blocks each accomodating 5 students, plus 1 individual student block accomodating 6 students. All blocks have shared kitchen and bathroom facilities.
  • All connected to the main campus in Sydney via licensed microwave link

    Site training capacity

    Nature of training site

    2007

    2008

    Bathurst

    Rural rotation18 students x 4 weeks each16 students x weeks each97

    Dubbo

    Full curriculum delivered in a rural location

    Summary: 1 day per week in structured lectures/training with the other 4 days clinical activities in the hospitals or with individual tutors/teachers
    5655

    Orange

    Full curriculum delivered in a rural location

    Summary: 1 day per week in structured lectures/training with the other 4 days clinical activities in the hospitals or tutors/teachers
    5653

Main areas of research interest

  • Rural adolescent research
  • Aboriginal health
  • Skin cancer
  • Weight control in young adult males, in a rural setting and cardiovascular disease
  • IT bibliometric rural health research

94Data and information provided by the RCS, as at August 2008, unless otherwise specified
95Data sourced from 2007 annual report
96Students allocated to spend time at RCS for the second half, actual figures for the first half of 2008
97Note 2 of these students are SRH students and 4 of these students are still to complete their rotation