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Broome is the southern gateway to the raw wilderness of the Kimberley. The town of Broome and the surrounding district has a resident population of 16,000 people, a number that triples in holiday season due to its picturesque sandy beaches and warm tropical weather.

The Broome RCSWA office was one of the original sites set up in 2002. It is located in the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services (KAMS) offices, where students have most of their tutorials, and access to the library and internet. 

  • Accommodation

    In Broome there are two four-bedroom houses in Roebuck Estate and one six-bedroom house in Cable Beach. All houses are fully furnished, and students are provided with high-speed NBN internet access within each property.

  • Transport

    Although Broome is a ‘flat’ town with bicycle paths throughout, it is strongly recommended that students bring their car for their whole-year stay. Cycling is difficult in the heat and during the cyclone season. A 4WD car is essential if you are planning to explore the Gibb River Road Region.

  • Health Services

    Broome Hospital consists of a four-bed high dependency unit and 39 beds in the medical, surgical, and maternity units. There is a 10-bed paediatric unit and eight-bed in-patient mental health unit, along with a busy emergency department. The hospital has general surgical and gynaecology theatre lists; about 350 babies are delivered in the hospital each year.

    Broome has resident general surgical, general physician, paediatric, psychiatry and gynaecology teams. All the specialists are keen on teaching, and tutorials are scheduled throughout the year. Other than the local specialists, a full range of specialists visit regularly while attending to other towns and communities throughout the Kimberley. Orthopaedics, ENT, dermatology, and cardiology visit Broome several times a year.

    The Broome Regional Aboriginal Medical Service (BRAMS) offers multi-disciplinary primary health care and the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services (KAMS) provides a teaching campus for Aboriginal health workers and support for Aboriginal health services throughout the Kimberley.

    Lions Outback Vision (LOV) Northwest Eye Hub provides specialist ophthalmologist and optometrist services for residents with cataracts, trachoma, and glaucoma, as well as those with low vision and permanent blindness. The team provides screening and management of diabetic retinopathy and outreach services to Derby, Fitzroy Crossing, Halls Creek, Kununurra, Wyndham and Warmun.

    General Practices

    There are three private GP practices in Broome that provide primary health care.

    Community Services

    • Community Drug Team and residential alcohol dependence treatment facility
    • Kimberley Drug and Alcohol and Mental Health Services
    • Regional Aged Care Assessment team and aged care facilities
    • Broome is a regional centre for other government services, including Centrelink, Department for Communities, Department of Education and Training and WA Police.
  • Extra Activities

    RCSWA Broome students have often been involved in footy, fishing, tutoring (privately and through some of the schools), with local community groups and much more during their RCSWA year.

    Find out more about Broome and its wonderful community by visiting the following links:

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