Clinical schools

The School of Medicine has several rural and regional training locations. The school's major presence is based at Deakin's Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus. This site provides facilities for the first two years' instruction for all students, as well as the school's administration and research groups.


Additional teaching sites have been established to train students during their third and fourth years. 

These sites are aligned with hospitals, health services and clinics in numerous areas, such as Barwon Health in Geelong, Eastern Health in Melbourne and the regional centres of Ballarat and Warrnambool. 

Finally, the school's Rural Community Clinical School (RCCS) offers students the option of parallel consulting during their third year via placements in smaller rural and regional towns.

Affiliated clinical schools

Geelong Clinical School

For information on the teaching program, please get in touch. 

Barwon Health Teaching, Training and Research Facility 
+61 3 4215 5108 
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Postal address 
PO Box 281
Geelong 3220

Eastern Health Clinical School

Placement sites include Box Hill Hospital, Maroondah Hospital (Ringwood), Angliss Hospital (Ferntree Gully) and a number of other sites across the Eastern suburbs and the Yarra Ranges. For more information, please get in touch. 

Eastern Health Clinical School
+61 3 9091 8890
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Visit the Box Hill site 
Level 3, 5 Arnold Street
Box Hill 3128

Ballarat Clinical School

For information on the teaching program, please get in touch. 

Ballarat Clinical School
+61 3 5320 6832 
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Warrnambool Clinical School

For information on the teaching program, please get in touch. 

South West Healthcare
+61 3 5564 4399
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Rural Community Clinical School (RCCS)

In 2016, the RCCS was formed by the merging of the Department of Rural General Practice and the Integrated Model of Medical Education in Rural Settings (IMMERSe) program. In common with the other clinical schools within Deakin, we conduct both education and research activities.

Teaching/learning activities 

  • The Year 3 medical student placement program (previously known as IMMERSe) will continue, but seek to expand further.
  • Short-term (six-week) placements in rural general practice are available for final-year medical students by negotiation. These occur in second semester, and practices interested in student placements should contact the school. 
  • Higher Degree by Research Training (MPH, PhD). 

Research activities

The School’s research activities will focus on:

  • Health Professional Education
  • GP-relevant Population Health 
  • Other issues of timely relevance to General Practice. 

Within the above categories, we're particularly interested in supporting topics into which GP-clinic staff would like to inquire. While we'd be willing to support such projects, we would also expect active involvement in the project by the clinic. 

Links to Deakin's School of Medicine

As part of the School of Medicine, we work with many other units within the school. 

 This includes Deakin’s other clinical schools, as well as the Innovation in Mental and Physical Health and Clinical Treatment strategic research centre, National Centre for Farmer Health, the Centre for Rural Emergency Medicine and Professor Gerard Gill (Alfred Felton Chair in General Practice for Rural and Regional Victoria) and his staff. 

We also work closely with Murray City Country Coast GP Training and the Western Alliance Academic Health Science Centre (a collaboration between Deakin and Federation Universities, hospitals/health services within southern and western Victoria and PHN Western Victoria). 

For more information, please get in touch. 

Rural Community Clinical School 
+61 3 5227 2499
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