The wheatbelt locality of Narrogin is home to some of WA’s most productive agricultural farmlands and is a true hub of regional life and community. Just shy of 200km from Perth, Narrogin offers a rural lifestyle to those who seek the peace of the country with reasonable proximity to the city. Narrogin is renowned for its picturesque gardens and heritage architecture, with its modern town centre hosting a great selection of cafes, art galleries, walking trails and much more.
Narrogin RCSWA was established back in 2007. The office is conveniently located at the Narrogin Hospital in the corporate wing and is where all student tutorials are held. It is also across the road from the RCSWA student house - never be late to a placement again!
What’s it like to live in the bush? Notre Dame academic lead Dr Donna Mak and RCSWA Narrogin academic services officer Sarah Hawksley take to local radio to explain the university’s Wheatbelt Immersion Program and the experience for first year medical students and local families.
Since 2005, Notre Dame students have been billeted for short periods by Wheatbelt families so the potential rural practitioners can get a taste of rural life. With Covid challenges, the program switched to Zoom in 2022 but that did not stop the students from heading over the hills.