Evaluation of the University Departments of Rural Health Program and the Rural Clinical Schools Program

RCS Site Profile: Australian National University Rural Clinical School

Page last updated: 2009

Site Detail63

Name and address of main site

ANU Rural Clinical School
Medical School
Frank Fenner Building 42
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 2000

Number and location of additional sites (with office space and personnel)

5 additional sites. Bega (7 staff), Young (3 staff), Cooma (3 staff), Eurobodalla (Batemans Bay/Moruya - 4 staff)

Mission Statement

Deliver excellent medical education which will contribute to a sustainable, accessible and well-trained medical workforce for the region. Provide leadership in rural health education and research through scholarship, innovation and partnerships to enhance the health of our region in the spirit of equity and social responsibility.

Start date


Total staffing numbers


Student Numebrs





Capital works and facilities as at July 2008


  • Located in Bega District Hospital
  • Staff offices
  • Clinical skills area
  • Tutorial/video-conferencing room
  • Meeting room
  • Computer lab
  • Small library


  • Combined teaching/student accomodation within close proximity to Youn District Hospital, includes
    • Office
    • Tutorial / video-conferencing room
    • Computer lab
    • Library on ground floor
    • Student accomodation (2 self-contained units) on first level


  • A demountable located in the grounds of Goulburn Base Hospital comprising
    • Meeting room
    • Small library space
    • Tutorial / video-conferencing room
    • Computer lab
    • Staff offices

Eurobodalla (Batemans Bay/Moruya)

  • Teaching facility comprising tutorial / video-conferencing room, library and office at Batemans Bay Hospital
  • One shared student study room at Moruya Hospital
  • Capital works in progress to construct a larger facility comprising reception, teaching/consulting room, meeting/resource room, staff offices, clinical skills and tutorial/video-conferencing rooms


  • Located in Cooma District Hospital comprising meeting/tutorial/video-conferencing room, small library space, computer lab and staff office

    Site training capacity

    Nature of training site



    Bateman's Bay

    GP surgery, hospital, allied health/community23


    GP surgery, hospital, allied health/community33


    GP surgery, hospital, allied health/community22


    GP surgery, hospital, allied health/community56


    GP surgery, hospital, allied health/community22

Main areas of research interest

  • Health workforce, clinical supports and services in rural areas and pedagogical approaches to health service education in rural areas
  • A particular focus of the health workforce theme is research into the experiences of, and policy related to, international medical graduates.

63Data and information provided by the RCS, as at August 2008, unless otherwise specified
6411 students 2006
65Data sourced from 2007 annual report