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Carnarvon

The tropical oasis of Carnarvon offers students a surreal rural year of coastal and farming life – it is home to pristine waters, hinterland, and unique history spanning centuries. A year in Carnarvon means meeting people from all walks of life and experiencing all that the mid-west of WA has to offer – fishing, 4WDing, rich culture, diverse food, swimming and more.

The Carnarvon RCSWA office was first established back in 2009. Centrally located in the town, students have 24/7 access to the office, with a dedicated study room, internet, and mini kitchenette. Most student tutorials are held in the office's conference room.

  • Accommodation

    The student house is a four-bedroom, two-bathroom house within walking distance of the town centre. It has a swimming pool and internet is also provided. There are full security doors and an alarm system for your peace of mind and safety. The house is fully equipped with all kitchen appliances, linen and household furniture. There is also a four-car garage with an electric door so you can store your car and/or bike securely.

  • Transport

    The accommodation is a five-minute walk to Carnarvon Medical Centre, a 10-minute walk to the Aboriginal Medical Service and RCSWA Office, and a 15-minute walk to Carnarvon Health Campus. Riding your bike to each of these is another option, but make sure you bring a secure bike lock.

  • Health Services

    Carnarvon Health Campus features a hospital with an emergency department, general ward, labour and geriatric wards. The hospital is staffed by six District Medical Officers and a Senior Medical Officer who provide 24-hour emergency department, anaesthetic and obstetric cover.

    A range of specialists visit Carnarvon on a regular basis. All students have the opportunity to work with specialists on an equal basis. The specialists who visit Carnarvon include gynaecologist, paediatrician, radiologist, opthalmologist, general surgeon, urologist and physician.

    There is a thriving Continuing Medical Education program at the hospital. As students, you will be an active part of this, and you can attend all sessions to improve your knowledge and skill set.

    Carnarvon Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation is a community controlled Aboriginal organisation who offer culturally sensitive and a safe environment for local communities. The medical doctors and Aboriginal health workers see a wide range of Aboriginal health problems. Aboriginal health is a specialised area of practice that presents a wide range of learning opportunities for students.

    Carnarvon Medical Centre has three full-time general practitioners, a full-time practice nurse and visiting allied health staff. It is owned and operated by Dr Kornelis (Kees) Bakker who also works part-time as a Medical Coordinator at the Rural Clinical School. All of the GPs at the centre are actively involved in the education and training of RCSWA students. Here, you will have the opportunity to work alongside the GPs as they consult and perform procedures, as well as Women's Health and Acute and Chronic Disease clinics.


    Community Services

    • Community Drug Services Team
    • Diagnostic Services
    • Gascoyne Population Health
    • Home and Community Care
    • Mental Health Unit Carnarvon
    • Silver Chain
  • Extra activities

    There is so much to see and do in Carnarvon – natural wonders, local history, wildlife and outdoor adventuring. As the regional centre of the Gasgoyne region, it is a popular starting point for tourists visiting Carnarvon, Coral Bay, Ningaloo and Shark Bay. Jubilee Hall, Carnarvon Library and Art Gallery, and Gwoonwardu are popular spots for visiting art and craft exhibitions and events.

    Discover Carnarvon’s history at the Space and Technology Museum, Heritage Walking Trail, HMAS Sydney II Memorial and Gwoonwardu Mia Aboriginal Heritage and Cultural Centre.

    Fishing and boating are amongst the most popular activities in Carnarvon – try your hand at catching mangrove jack, bream, whiting, flat head and giant threadfin as you explore the local shores.

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