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

RCS Site Profile: The University of Melbourne Rural Clinical School

Page last updated: 2009

Site Detail82

Name and address of main site

The University of Melbourne School of Rural Health
49 Graham Sstreet
(PO Box 6500)
Shepparton VIC 3632

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

in 200883 2 additional sites
Ballarat, Wangaratta (full campuses like Shepparton)

Mission statement

Improved health of rural Australians through health direction, research, and promotion of rural health careers as "A road best taken".

Start date


Main personnel

53 (23.8 FTE)

Student numbers


52 for RCS year


55 for RCS year

Capital works and facilities as at July 2008


  • 4 tutorial rooms
  • 1 computer lab
  • Library
  • Accomodation for 56 total at two locations: Wendouree Parade and Drummond Street


  • Clinical skills labs
  • 5 teaching rooms (includes 2 conference rooms, 1 boardroom, 1 tutorial room and 1 meeting room)
  • Lecture theatre (seats 96 people)
  • Library
  • Computer lab
  • 55 bed accomodation


  • 3 teaching rooms (2 tutorial rooms and 1 conference room)
  • 32 bed accomodation

Site training capacity

Nature of site85



Ballarat Health Service - Base Hospital2316
Goulburn Valley Health - Base Hospital2124
North East Health Wangaratta - Base Hospital815

Main areas of research interest

  • Medical education
  • Aboriginal health
  • Rural health

82Data and information provided by the RCS, as at August 2008, unless otherwise specified.
83From 2010 additional sites at: Benalla, Yarrawonga, Echuca (these will be known as "hubs"). From 2010 students placed in 15 different GP Practices at: Shepparton (x3 practices), Yarrawonga (x1) Echuca (x2), Benalla (x2), Mansfield (x1), Mount Beauty (x1), Bright (x1), Wangaratta (x1). A practice is being sourced to replace a practice at Kyabram (these will be known as "spokes").
84Data sourced from 2007 annual report
85Student placed at the hospital in their RCS year