Albany, the regional centre of the Great Southern, offers a wide range of clinical experience across many disciplines. Students are allocated to discipline rotations for 2-4 weeks each, and will work directly with RMOs, registrars and consultants. The RCSWA students are part of each team. All the Medical Coordinators in Albany also work in various clinical roles in the hospital. There are a large number of junior doctors and doctors-in-training also working at Albany Health Campus, as well as student nurses and students in allied health.
In addition to the hospital exposure, the RCSWA coordinates a tutorial program, which is predominantly case-based discussions, and a component of OSCE practice. The RCSWA also likes to ‘take the university outside’ so there are planned events, walks and outside tutorials. There is a winter camp at Quaranup or Denmark. Talk to your Medical Coordinators and Albany RCSWA alumni about teaching experiences in the Great Southern.
There are several general practices in Albany and surrounding towns: Denmark, Mount Barker, Kojonup and Katannning. Many have GP registrars. Most take medical students on rotation from RCSWA Albany, as well as metro. Students in RCSWA both in penultimate and final year are allocated to general practice. GP experience with a rural generalist can cover a wide range of experiences, from theatre lists, antenatal clinics, occupational health consults, mental health care plans, child health clinics and attending the emergency department.
- Acute medical and specialist physician services
- Acute surgical including general, orthopaedic, plastic, urological, ENT, ophthalmology and gynaecological
- Aboriginal Health services
- Allied health services
- Cancer services – chemotherapy, oncology, haematology, Breast Care Nurse, Cancer Care Coordinator.
- Cancer Radiotherapy unit – currently under construction
- Emergency medicine
- Obstetrics & Gynaecology
- Medical imaging provided by iMED
- Palliative care
- Rehabilitation services
- Renal dialysis