Northam is the gateway to the Avon Valley and Wheatbelt region and is famous for its thriving hot air balloon community and ever-popular sunrise flights. Its diverse range of tourist and heritage attractions means there is plenty to do and see between study and clinical work – be it wildflowers, horse racing, cultural tours or nature and adventure trails. Northam has a warm and welcoming community and the RCSWA team looks forward to meeting you.
The Northam RCSWA site was established back in 2014. The office is located in the heart of town, with students having 24/7, individual student hubs, internet and their very own medical library.
Accommodation and Transport
The Northam RCSWA student residence is located adjacent to the Northam Country Club, the local hub for golf, tennis and squash. It is a short distance from the Northam Recreation Centre which is home to netball, basketball, football and indoor hockey. The Northam Aquatic Facility neighbours the recreation centre and is popular during our warm summer months.
The house is a fully furnished four-bedroom, two-bathroom property with an open plan kitchen, dining and lounge, along with access to WIFI. The house has a welcoming garden and a small secluded outdoor area with BBQ and outdoor setting. Parking is available for four vehicles at the house and there are bikes available for recreational use.
Northam is well served by medical services and the RCSWA has a close working relationship with Northam Family Practice and Grey Street Surgery, who are actively involved with the teaching of our medical students.
The Northam Health Campus contains an emergency department, medical ward, two theatres, midwifery group practice, cancer care, palliative care, medical imaging, pathology services, and outpatient department. Population health services are provided by Avon and Central Wheatbelt Primary Health Service.
Fun things to do in Northam include self-guided historical tours, hot air ballooning and gliding, visiting the Northam Heritage Centre and exploring surrounding parks and trails.
Northam also has an extensive range of social and competitive sporting clubs – athletics, basketball, BMX, bowls, cricket, football, golf, hockey, show-jumping, netball, squash, swimming and karate.
Northam Visitors Centre is a great place to start if you want more information about the local attractions in town.
RCSWA in Northam has given me the practical experience to gain confidence in my abilities and knowledge. Jasper Brooksbank
RCSWA Northam Alumni, 2021
RCSWA has helped me become a well-rounded medical student and has set me up well for my final year of studies. Rob Anderson
RCSWA Northam Alumni, 2021
Out and about
RCSWA Northam taught me two important things: a passion for rural medicine and a great desire to start my own hobby farm in the future. Dr Gerardo Arwi
RCSWA Northam Alumni, 2019
Gerardo is destined for great things and has been accepted into Basic Physician Training for 2022. He is currently an intern, a fantastic achievement. Julienne Roe
Lead Medical Coordinator, Northam