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

RCS Site Profile: University of Tasmania Rural Clinical School

Page last updated: 2009

Site Detail98

Name and address of main site

University of Tasmania RCS
Private Bag 3513
Burnie TAS 7320

North West Hospitals' Campus
Brickport Road
Burnie TAS 7320

Number and location of additional sites

Latrobe

Mission Statement

The Rural Clinical School in the Faculty of Health Science at the University of Tasmania is committed to an integrated educational model, with a balance of acute and primary clinical training and experience in regional, rural and remote settings. Its primary focus is medical education, integrating undergraduate and postgraduate clinical training within an inter-professional framework. It has an ongoing commitment to nursing, pharmacy, clinical psychology, paramedic and other allied health professional education. The aim is to prepare clinical practitioners who are able to meet the health needs of rural and regional communities.

Start date

2001

Total staffing numbers

Academic staff = 6 (3.525 FTE); clinical academic staff = 20 (6.5 FTE); general staff = 11 (10.5 FTE)

Student numbers

200799

16 in 1st academic RCS year
6 in 2nd academic RCS year

2008100

17 in 1st academic RCS year
12 in 2nd academic RCS year

Capital works and facilities as at July 2008

Burnie

  • Residential accomodation
    • Burnie purpose-built (6 x 5 bedroom units)
    • 1 x 3 bedroom rental property
  • RCS teaching, research and administration hub
    • The RCS is co-located with the private and public hospitals
    • The RCS is a complex of 1150 m2 with dedicated teaching/tutorial space, admin, academic and research office space, student break out areas, simulation centre, video-conferencing facilities, student and clinician lounges.
    • Complex undergoing significant expansion to increase capacity by 440 m2. Includes multi-function teaching/meeting room, additional videoconferencing facility, 3 multi-use teaching/consulting, observation room, expanded simulation centre, student centre, office space and learning hub

Latrobe

  • Mersey Community Hospital
    • Staff office (2 work stations); computer lab; resource centre, shared dedicated teaching space)
  • Residential accomodation: 1 x 4 bedroom rental property

Penguin

  • The RCS has contributed funding to a new GP clinic providing space for students facilities (dedicated teaching/consulting room)

Other

  • Residential accomodation through UTAS rural health teaching sites (UDRH)
  • Queenstown (8 beds); Roseberry (2 beds); Smithton (7 beds); King Island (3 beds); Sheffield (5 beds)

    Site training capacity

    Nature of training site

    2007

    2008

    Burnie

    North West Private HospitalMedical 22
    Nursing 2
    Medical 29
    Nursing 1
    North West Regional HospitalMedical 22
    Nursing 70
    Pharmacy 9
    Other 16
    Medical 29
    Nursing 75
    Pharmacy 16
    Other 22

    GP Teaching Sites

    Bass House Burnie
    City Medical Devonport
    East Devonport Medical
    Latrobe Family Practice
    Central Coast Ulverstone

    Central Coast Peng Somerset Medical
    Upper Burnie
    Valley Rd Devonport
    Victoria St Ulverstone
    Wynyard Medical
    Medical 1
    Medical 2 + 4
    Medical 2
    Medical 2
    Medical 2 + 4

    Medical 2
    Medical 1
    Medical 1
    Medical 1
    Medical 2 + 4
    Medical 1
    Medical 2 + 4
    Medical 2 +4
    Medical 2
    Medical 2
    Medical 1 + 4
    Medical 2
    Medical 1
    Medical 1
    Medical 1
    Medical 2 + 4

    King Island


    Queenstown


    Roseberry


    Strahan


    Smithton


    Sheffield


    Zeehan

    Remote medical sitesMedical 6

    Medical 6

    Medical 6

    Medical 6

    Medical 6

    Medical 6

    Medical 6
    Medical 12

    Medical 12

    Medical 12

    Medical 12

    Medical 12

    Medical 8

    Medical 12

Main areas of research interest

  • Rural workforce capacity
  • New service/workforce models
  • Health systems reform
  • Rural medical education
  • Inter-professional education
  • Integrated primary care
  • Community engagement
  • Pain management
  • Health literacy
  • Resilience
  • Simulation-based clinical education
  • Health ageing (ARC Linkage Grant)
  • Dementia management
  • Palliative care

98Data and information provided by the RCS, as at August 2008, unless otherwise specified
99Data sourced from 2007 annual report
1002009: (est) 30 1st academic RCS year; 15 2nd academic RCS year