Leading the way for future rural doctors
Rural doctors require a broad scope of practice to serve their communities. Teaching within RCSWA is grounded in rural generalism. Our medical education program is delivered by qualified clinicians living and working in Regional and Remote WA. Learning experiences transcend the silos of specialties, reflecting real-life rural practice. Student placements are entirely based in rural locations with experienced rural generalist doctors and rural or visiting specialists. Learning through real clinical cases forms the core of the program and complimented with supplementary small-group tutorials.
Make a difference to rural health education
Within the RCSWA, you become part of a vibrant team of rural health practitioners sharing your experience with the next generation of doctors. In addition to teaching, there are opportunities for rural health research working alongside other researchers with interests in maternal and child health, palliative care, diabetes renal disease and many other disciplines.
Our staff bring a wealth of personal training and experience to their work. Within the RCSWA we encourage all staff to continue to develop their knowledge and skills in their areas of interest. This can be by teaching students, conducting research or doing further training and upskilling as a part of the School’s professional development program.
Our teaching and research staff are continually updating their knowledge and challenging the boundaries of rural health care. Training the next generation of rural doctors is a fundamental step to a sustainable workforce. Research conducted by the RCSWA is impacting on maternal obstetric care in gestational diabetes, reducing smoking levels and managing mental health problems in vulnerable and disadvantaged members of our society.
RCSWA is having an impact on the uptake of rural medicine by new medical graduates. Our work has an impact on health policy within our rural communities. Our graduates are helping drive a change in the opportunities for working in rural medicine. We collaborate with a wide group of rural health organisations through our training, research and career development activities and welcome anyone interested in joining us in driving change.