Located on Australia's Coral Coast, Geraldton has an enjoyable Mediterranean climate and is a major regional hub that services several smaller towns within a 300-500km radius. The primary industries of farming, fishing, and mining support the local community and wider region. Geraldton has many personalities: from October to February, there are consistent 20 knot winds that attract windsurfers and kitesurfers from around the state and internationally. From May to September, it is a lovely time to go surfing, visit the mysterious and beautiful Abrolhos Islands, and see the colours of Chapman Valley.
Geraldton RCSWA is one of the four original sites when RCSWA started back in 2002. Located next to the Geraldton Health Campus, the RSCWA office is co-located within WACRH (Western Australian Centre for Rural Health) in a large, modern facility with simulation training ability. We have dedicated teaching spaces, a student common room, with a library and numerous study areas. There is a café around the corner and the carpark has 24-hour video surveillance and lighting.
Geraldton RCSWA students live within one of three large modern houses, with plenty of individual study and rest spaces. The houses are close to each other, the RCSWA office and the local health services.
Cars are recommended in Geraldton, however there is a large bicycle riding community and in recent times, electric scooters. Buses service the suburbs, and there are comfort coaches and flights to Perth every day.
Geraldton has both private and public hospitals, with operating theatres in both, including a palliative care ward at St John of God Hospital. There are five larger general practices located in town, which include an Aboriginal Health Centre, Headspace and five solo practitioners. In the community there are many services such as Silver Chain and palliative home visits.
The community of Geraldton is a down-to-earth eclectic, inclusive and multicultural group. There are large surfing, swimming, boating, fishing, cycling, camping, art and music groups, with regular events throughout the year.
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People who live in Geraldton truly choose to stay for the lifestyle and ideal environment to raise a family. We have the attitude of mateship and helping each other in times of need. Martin Lee
Medical Coordinator, Geraldton
CO-lead medical coordinator, geraldton
Amanda is a General Practitioner and Co-Lead Medical Coordinator in Geraldton. Amanda also works as part of the 'on call' GP team at SJOG Geraldton, covering palliative, medical stepdown and private admissions. She loves the flexibility and diversity of medical practice available rurally and the opportunities to follow your areas of interest with general practice as the starting point. She is passionate about support and advocacy for students and junior doctors and has assisted in establishing a rural training pathway in her region. Amanda has two young daughters and believes Geraldton is unparalleled in terms of lifestyle for a growing family.
What I love about the RCSWA
I love working with a team of inspiring colleagues who are passionate teachers and mentors. I really enjoy meeting our energetic students each year and watching their journey into clinical medicine and discovery of the joy of rural life. I hope they can love their RCSWA year as much as I did!
co-lead medical coordinator, geraldton
Pippin is a General Practitioner and Co-Lead Medical Coordinator, teaching penultimate and final year students in Geraldton. She works closely with the local medical workforce and the wider Midwest/Gascoyne medical community to establish and maintain quality clinical placements for students. Pippin's introduction to RCSWA was as a student in 2013 when she completed her penultimate year of study in Esperance. She grew up on a farm in the Midwest so returning to the region felt natural, heading back in 2017 as a junior doctor and completing her fellowship in Geraldton.
What I love about the RCSWA
It was a career defining program for me as a student where I found a supportive group of like minded medical professionals and cemented my ambition to be a rural doctor. I love that the RCSWA provides enriching rural placements and the opportunity for students to experience the challenging and rewarding medical careers and enviable lifestyle available in rural and remote WA.