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

RCS Site Profile: Flinders University Rural Clinical School

Page last updated: 2009

Site Detail66

Name and address of main site

Flinders University Rural Clinical School
Renmark and Paringa District Hospital
Ral Ral Avenue
(PO Box 852)
Renmark SA 5341

Collaborating universities

Flinders University, University of Adelaide, (Angaston site only)

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

4 additional sites. Angaston (3 staff), Mount Gambier (7 staff shared with UDRH), Victor Harbor (3 staff), Flinders Medical Centre (3 staff)

Mission statement

To empower regional communities through leadership, collaboration, capacity-building and innovative community-based health education, research and clinical service.

Start date

1997 - Parallel Rural Community Curriculum (PRCC) commenced
2001 - RCS funding commenced

Total staffing numbers

200767 24 in 1st academic year in RCS
22 in 2nd academic year in RCS


30 Flinders University (includes 3 international students), 4 university of Adelaide

Capital works and facilities as at July 2008


  • Office (rented): reception, 2 offices, 1 clinical skills room (small), 1 meeting room shared with other tenants, storage room
  • GP surgery, Gawler: study room (unfunded), student library
  • GP surgery, Kapunda: study room (unfunded), student library
  • GP surgery, Nurioopta: study room (unfunded), student library
  • GP surgery, Tanunda: designated consulting room and study room (capital works), student library
  • GP surgery, Angaston: designated consulting room, unfinished (capital works), student library
  • Student Housing: rented accomodation for 8 students total in Gawler, Angaston, Kapunda, Nurioopta


  • Office
    • 1 classroom (30 people)
    • 2 classrooms (15 people)
    • 1 video-conferencing room (15 people)
    • Computer lab (16 people)
    • Student room, student library
    • Resources room, storage
    • 13 x 2 person offices, 3 x 1 person offices
  • Simulation Centre
    • Simulation van: allows simulation sessions at other sites
    • Simulation lab with SimMan, AV and session recording facilities
    • Debrief room, AV facilities for playback
    • Tutorial room, some AV
    • Consulting room
    • Clinical Skills area: 8 beds
    • Obstetrics clinical skills: 2 beds
    • Office (2 staff)
    • Storage
  • GP surgery, Barmera: shared tutorial room with new furniture, data projector, student library
  • GP surgery, Berri: dedicated consulting room plus study room, student library
  • GP surgery, Loxton: dedicated consulting room plus study room, student library
  • GP surgery, Renmark: dedicated consulting room plus study room, student library
  • GP surgery, Waikerie: dedicated consulting room plus study room, student library
  • Riverland Regional Hospital: 2-1 bedroom units for student accomodation and study whilst on call
  • Student Housing
    • Renmark: private rental, 3 bedroom house
    • Berri: private rental, 2 bedroom unit, 3 bedroom house leased through hospital
    • Barmera: private rental, 3 bedroom house
    • Waikerie: owned, 3 bedroom house
    • Loxton: 2 bedroom unit, supplied by Loxton District Hospital, 4 bedroom demountable house (capital works)

Mount Gambier

  • Office (rented)
    • Computer lab (8)
    • Library
    • Lecture theatre (25)
    • Clinical skills lab (15)
    • Student library
    • Resources room
    • 7 offices and open plan (area approx 500 sqm)
  • GP surgery, Millicent: dedicated study room in a separate building just behind the clinic, student library
  • GP surgery, Ferrers: dedicated study room in the clinic, student library
  • GP surgery, Hawkins: dedicated study room in the clinic, student library
  • GP surgery, Hamilton: small dedicated consulting room and a dedicated study room, student library
  • Student housing
    • Hamilton: one 4 bedroom owned
    • Mount Gambier: two 3 bedroom owned
    • Millicent: two 3 bedroom leased from local council

Victor Harbour

  • Office (rented): 1 meeting room for 10 people, reception, resource room, kitchen, 3 offices
  • GP surgery, Mannum: 1 student study/consulting room (capital works), student library
  • GP surgery, Murray Bridge (Southside Branch Clinic) consulting room and study space in kitchen/tearoom area earmarked for student use at all times (capital works), student library
  • GP surgery, Bridge Clinic: clinic space on a rotating basis
  • GP surgery, Strathalbyn: 1 student study toom dedicated for students only (capital funding), student library, ongoing space for SMC branch - Milang Clinic when student consulting there
  • GP surgery, Goolwa: 1 student study/consulting room (combined space) currently available, 2 rooms originally built with purpose to accomodate 2 students in the future (capital works), student library, ongoing space at GMC branch - Middleton Clinic when student consulting there
  • Victor Medial Centre: 1 large 2-student study space, sometimes shared with Adelaide students and interns but generally dedicated to our students (capital works), student library, consulting room space on a rotating basis as needed and in line with supervising GP for the session, ongoing space at the VMC - Port Elliot Branch (capital works) for one-on-one teaching
  • Norfolk House Medical Services: student study space in the practice manager's office (desk only); NHMS will not continue with PRCC from 2009 due to space issues and taking on registrar
  • Student housing: rented accomodation for 2 students each in Mannum and Strathalbyn; accomodation for 4 in Victor Harbor (capital works); accomodation for 3 in Goolwa (capital works) and for 2 in Murray Bridge (capital works - ten years at least)

    Site training capacity

    Nature of training site




    General practice surgery88

    Mt Gambier

    General practice surgery1010

    Victor Harbor

    General practice surgery88


    General practice surgery88

Main areas of research interest

Parallel Rural Community Curriculum Research and Evaluation
  • 1. Clinical axis
    • The impact of medical students on GPs
    • Microsystems and community-based medical education
    • Why are patients willing to have a student in general practice consultations?
  • 2. Institutional axis
    • Recruitment and retention of clinical educators in the PRCC
    • Barossa Partnership - a tail of two Universities
    • How do integrated clerkship students affect GPs
    • Student use of streamed studies materials in Year 3 GEMP
  • 3. Community axis
    • CBME and social accountability
    • Report to commonwealth department
  • 4. Personal axis
    • The first 100 days of learning in the PRCC
    • How do we know that PRCC students are learning?
  • 5. Medical workforce research
    • Does the PRCC affect the career decisions of its graduates?
    • Riverland Medical Workforce Think Tank Workshop?
    • A critical look at hospital and general practice based intern placement
  • 6. Multidiciplinary research
    • Creating pedagogical models for practice based learning
    • Teaching and learning intrapartum vaginal examination skills
    • The experience of breastfeeding following a family court ordered shared custoday arrangement
    • Identification of parental stressors in the NICU
    • CSiM - clinical simulation in maternity
    • Clinical simulation
  • 7. Community engaged research
    • Getting by: farmers facing climate variation
    • Murraylands Connecting Communities Project
    • Headspace: The National Youth Mental Health Foundation
    • Home and Community Care Program
  • 8. Community point-of-care research
    • Evaluation of the effectiveness of the QAAMS Program
    • The KEY Study - in conjunction with Diabetes Australia
    • Evaluation of new point-of-care devices

66Data and information provided by the RCS, as at August 2008, unless otherwise specified
67Data sourced from 2007 annual report