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

RCS Site Profile: University of Wollongong Rural Clinical School

Page last updated: 2009

Site Detail105


Name and address of main site

University of Wollongong
Graduate School of Medicine
Wollongong NSW 2522

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

6 additional sites

Shoalhaven Campus, Mudgee, Murrumbidgee, Southern Highlands, North Coast, Broken Hill

Mission statement

The mission of the Graduate School of Medicine (GSM) is to produce excellent medical practitioners who have the capacity and desire to contribute to the enhancement of health care for patients in all geographic settings, but particularly in regional, rural and remote communities. It is also expected that GSM graduates will have a commitment to patient-centred, evidence-based, reflective and cost effective medical practice.

Start date

2007

Total staffing numbers

18.65 FTE106

Student numbers

2007107

22

2008

19

Capital works and facilities as at July 2008

Broken Hill

The UOW collaborates with the RCS of the University of Sydney and also University of Adelaide, through the University of Sydney's UDRH in Broken Hill.

Mudgee

The UOW contracts the South Mudgee Surgery for the provision of office space for GSM business in this region.

Murrumbidgee

The UOW contracts the Murrumbidgee General Practice Network for the provision of office space for GSM business in this region.

North Coast

The UOW is in collaboration on the North Coast with the University of Sydney and the University of Western Sydney, through the North Coast Medical Education Collaboration (NCMEC), based at Northern Rivers UDRH in Lismore.

Shoalhaven

  • 8 separate office spaces Shoalhaven Campus of Graduate School of Medicine
  • Office facilities for 2 staff at Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital
  • Student accomodation: 2 x leased houses (one 4 bedroom and one 5 bedroom)

Southern Highlands

  • Office Space, 57 Merrigang Street Bowral (2 staff members)
  • Student accomodation 57 Merrigang Street Bowral (10 students)
  • Access to student space in the Bowral and district hospital

    Site training capacity

    Nature of training site

    2007

    2008108

    Broken Hill


    Phase 3 (community based)
    GP surgery/hospital and community00

    Mudgee


    Phase 3 (community based)
    GP surgery/hospital and community00

    Murumbidgee


    Phase 3 (community based)
    GP surgery/hospital and community00

    North Coast


    Phase 3 (community based)
    GP surgery/hospital and community000

    Shoalhaven


    Phase 1 (campus based)
    Phase 2 (hospital based)
    Phase 3 (community based)
    GP surgery
    Hospital
    GP surgery/hospital and community
    19
    19
    0
    34
    34
    0

    Southern Highlands:


    Phase 2 (hospital based)
    Phase 3 (community based)
    GP surgery
    GP surgery/hospital and community
    0
    0
    55109
    0

Main areas of research interest

  • Impact of Phase 3 on Aboriginal Medical Services (patients)
  • Financial modelling of the cost of community based health education for medical students
  • Comparison of academic outcomes of students in a regional versus a rural model

105Data and information provided by the RCS, as at August 2008, unless otherwise specified
106Wollongong 28 FTE, total staff 49; Shoalhaven Campus 18.65 FTE; Mudgee 0.4 FTE; Murrumbidgee 0.4 FTE; Southern Highlands: 0.8 FTE, North Coast (NCMEC Director and NCMEC Exec Officer); Broken Hill (Director of Education (BHUDRH) and Student Placements Officer BHUDRH)
107Data sourced from 2007 annual report
108Phase 3 student figures for 2009 are 4, 3, 8, 20, 14 and 8 in order
1092nd year students spend more than 10 weeks in the Southern Highlands