Funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health, the UNSW Rural Clinical School was established in January 2000 in the Greater Murray Region of New South Wales, with campuses in Albury Wodonga and Wagga Wagga. In February 2001, additional funding established Mid North Coast campuses at Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie.

UNSW Rural Clinical School is fully committed to leading the rural education of medical students in Australia.


In 1997, UNSW Medicine established the Rural Health Unit and the Rural Student Entry Scheme to redress the imbalance that existed in the proportion of urban and rural students in the Medicine course at UNSW. In 2005, the Rural Clinical School incorporated these programs. The Rural Clinical School has also been responsible for the Faculty's Indigenous medical student program since its establishment.


The mission of the UNSW Rural Clinical School is to produce doctors who will choose to practise in rural Australia.

And we do this by:

  • Conducting the undergraduate clinical Medicine program for long-stay students placed in campuses located in rural areas
  • Providing short term rural placements for all other medical students not in long-stay placements
  • Recruiting and supporting medical students from rural and remote locations
  • Recruiting and supporting medical students from Indigenous communities
  • Promoting the practice of medicine in rural Australia
  • Undertaking research into rural health and rural medical education
Watch this animated video to see how UNSW's Rural Clinical School leads the way in training doctors for rural Australia.