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Business Summary
The RCSWA program is nationally regarded for not only its curriculum innovation, but its excellence in delivery. A minimum of one-quarter of eligible UWA and Notre Dame medical students participate, spending an entire year in a rural or remote centre experiencing a heightened academic and practical course of medicine. RCSWA students are taught and assessed to the same rigorous standards as city-based students and they achieve at least comparable results with increased practical experience. The year they undertake has developed into an enriching professional and personal opportunity; while for the School, feedback from students and communities continues to acknowledge ever-increasing benefits for both.
About Us

Established within the UWA School of Primary, Aboriginal and Rural Health Care, the Rural Clinical School incorporates medical students from the University of Notre Dame Australia. The School has the explicit goal of attracting more doctors to regional, rural and remote practice.


Research is an important and growing function in the work of The Rural Clinical School of Western Australia (RCSWA) as it strives to improve the health of people in the country.

Research allows us to tackle the questions important to those that live in the bush - questions that may only be able to be explored in a local context. Indigenous health is a special focus.

Examples of projects

  • The impact of environmental change on human health
  • Art and Medicine
  • Improving Indigenous health - Wanti Sugarba
  • Rural obstetric outcomes
  • Health systems in the country
Locations and Facilities

Students can be based at 13 Rural Clinical School locations throughout Western Australia.

Each site comprises an administrative and teaching centre as a base, student accommodation, a vehicle, library, computers, video conferencing facilities and electronic communication and recording systems.

Our locations are:

Current Students

Current Students is your resource for getting to information you need while on placement.

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What We Do

The School offers one year placements in a rural setting for fifth year medical students at the University and third year medical students at Notre Dame University.

Undergraduate courses

The UWA medical students are enrolled in undergraduate courses in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.

MBBS Specialisation in Rural and Remote & Aboriginal Health

If you are a current student interested in rural medicine as a career, and have chosen options that reflect your interest, you can have your choices indicated as a specialisation in your academic transcript.