Ballarat Clinical School

About the clinic

Ballarat is Victoria's third largest city, located just over an hour by road or rail west of Melbourne and Geelong. The city houses two major health services:

  • Ballarat Health Services (BHS), featuring acute and sub-acute sites; and
  • St John of God (SJOG) private hospital, linked to the BHS acute site.
  • We are a small, personalised clinical school, allowing you to work closely with a team of healthcare professionals and the local community. The teaching faculty at Ballarat Clinical School includes more than 80 consultants and additional clinical educators, with specialist expertise covering all the core conditions and curriculum areas to facilitate your learning. You’ll also learn alongside medical students from University of Melbourne and Notre Dame, expanding your network and clinical learning experiences.

Key facts

  • Ballarat Health Services (BHS) has over 790 beds
  • BHS is the main referral health service to a catchment population of 250,000 people across the Grampians region
  • The BHS Emergency Department sees over 55,000 patients every year
  • BHS welcomes over 1600 newborn babies every year
  • The student to patient ratio in Ballarat is low
  • BHS clinical streams include acute care, sub-acute care, residential care, community care, psychiatric services and rehabilitation services

Have an impact on community health

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Frequently asked questions

What are the expected contact hours?

You can expect to be on site around 20 to 30 hours per week.

Are there further training opportunities after completing fourth year?

There are 32 intern positions at BHS and a variety of PGY2 positions. There are close links to Deakin’s Western Victoria Regional Training Hub, with surgical, medical and GP training pathways in place. This means you can live and complete training across the key specialties without moving from the region. Specialty training programs that can be accessed at BHS include paediatrics, women’s, anaesthetics, ICU and others.

Where is Ballarat Clinical School?

Ballarat Clinical School is based at Ballarat Health Services (BHS), which is centrally located in Drummond Street, North Ballarat. Teaching occurs across the acute, sub-acute and community settings.

What's it like living in Ballarat?

Ballarat offers the best of regional living, with all the perks of living in a big city like Melbourne, with cafes, galleries, shopping, restaurants, cultural attractions and more. The Ballarat Council Event page gives you a taste of what’s on offer or check out the Visit Ballarat Instagram page. Another great source of lifestyle information for Ballarat and surrounding regions is the quarterly Ballarat lifestyle magazine ‘Uncover’. Travel between Ballarat and Melbourne is around one hour, making weekends in Melbourne easy and affordable, as well as surf coast regional towns, such as Geelong and Torquay.

Can I access student accommodation?

There is no Deakin University accommodation in Ballarat, but accommodation can easily be found through the general rental market, with plenty of affordable options, often close to the CBD and hospital.

A day at Ballarat Clinical School

Follow our Deakin medical students around as they take you on a tour of the hospital, speak to some of the staff and educators and hear why students choose to study at Ballarat Clinical School.

Ballarat Clinical School provides a supportive environment where students can immerse themselves in opportunities, be considered part of the clinical team and learn through a range of modalities, from simulations to structured one-on-one clinical skills support on the wards.

Dr Mieke Foster

Ballarat Clinical School 2020 and Dean's Award recipient

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Contact us

Got a question or need more information on Ballarat Clinical School? Please connect with our team.

Sue Garner
Director of Clinical Studies
5320 6834

Maxine Trembath
Senior Administrative Officer
5320 6381

Jade Van Alphen, Trudy Glisson
Administrative Officers (Monday–Friday, 9am–3pm)
5320 6832


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