UNSW aims to expand the Rural Clinical School to provide the initial two years of the Medicine program in rural Australia, in addition to the current four years establishing the UNSW Rural Medical School.
Students will study Medicine close to home without the financial and social burden of moving to the city.
The Rural Medical School will build on existing facilities, equipment, staffing and community relationships in multiple locations in rural New South Wales. It will provide attachments for students to small, remote communities throughout the six year Medicine program to develop relevant skills and relationships, and to encourage them to rural practice there after graduation. It will expand the highly successful affirmative action programs at UNSW - the Pre-Medicine Program for Indigenous Students and the Rural Student Entry Scheme.
The Rural Medical School will establish a Department of Rural and Remote Health to encourage a seamless transition from high school through to the Medicine program, to rural internship, postgraduate training, and ultimately to rural practice. A Rural Research Centre will also be established to further develop the knowledge base on rural health and workforce issues.
The UNSW Rural Medical School will be seen as a centre of excellence for undergraduate and post-graduate training of rural doctors. The reputation of the School will attract top class students, academics and doctors. The School will participate in setting the agenda for medical education within New South Wales and the University. The School will be represented on important decision making committees within the medical profession and the University. The School will develop a reputation for research directed toward rural health, Indigenous health and rural medical education.
Medical students graduating from the Rural Medical School will be recognised as well trained doctors. They will have the desire and initiative for continued learning and the capabilty for self-reflection to focus and improve the learning experience. Students will graduate from the School with an affinity for the country and rural medicine. They will choose to practise in rural Australia.
The School’s campuses will be actively involved with their local communities, hospitals, allied health professionals and doctors. Assets of the School will be made available for use by local communities, hospitals, allied health professionals and doctors. The School will seek out strategic partnerships which develop the School and enhance the quality of medical education offered.