About the clinic
Warrnambool Rural Clinical School is a unique clinical school, offering small tutorial group sizes for more personalised teaching. It offers outstanding access to teaching staff, hospital wards and theatre, with a great camaraderie between staff and students.
Students have access to the regional hospital, giving them exposure to a wide variety of presentations, and the teaching staff provide an excellent grounding in all disciplines. A smaller number of students means a smaller student-to-patient ratio. Students also have access to local postgraduate training pathways to help them reach their career goals.
Warrnambool is a university town with affordable accommodation, lots of part-time work, many clubs and activities to join, and frequent train services to Melbourne CBD.
- South West Healthcare is a leader in healthcare delivery, innovation, research and education
- South West Healthcare has over 212 beds
- Emergency and urgent care specialist services are provided for trauma and other acute conditions 24 hours per day, 7 days per week and see over 28,000 patients per year
- Clinical streams include acute care, sub-acute care, residential care, community care, psychiatric services, rehabilitation services and a radiation oncology centre
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Frequently asked questions
Where is Warrnambool Rural Clinical School?
Warrnambool is the largest city in the Great Ocean Road region, located 263km south-west of Melbourne, approximately a 3-hour drive via Geelong on the Princess Highway or Hamilton Highway. V/Line also runs a return train service from Melbourne to Warrnambool via Geelong several times per day.
The Warrnambool Rural Clinical School is located on Level 1 of South West Healthcare, Ryot Street, Warrnambool VIC 3280.
What does a typical day look like?
Our students are immersed in the clinical environment, looking after patients and completing ward rounds. This clinical learning is paired with a formal teaching program to round out students clinical training at Warrnambool Rural Clinical School.
Is there student accommodation available?
Deakin owns six 4-bedroom homes, all located within 5km of the clinical school, which are available to be rented by medicine students. Alternatively, students can also rent homes privately through the local real estate agents in the area.
Studying at Warrnambool Rural Clinical School
Hear from staff and students about what it's like studying at the Warrnambool Rural Clinical School, part of South West Healthcare. Learn more about how training in Warrnambool can help you maximise your clinical expertise.
The hospital is the perfect size such and allows you to forge strong relationships with the clinical staff while still being exposed to all the relevant pathology for a medical student. It is a fantastic place to engage with your hobbies too, whether it be surfing, art or chess, Warrnambool has a club for you! I can't recommend Warrnambool enough for clinical students.'
Fourth year medicine student 2021
Warrnambool Rural Clinical School
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