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Narrogin

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Narrogin is both geographically and commercially the centre of the Central South region of Western Australia, just 200km from Perth, a similar distance from Bunbury, and 270 km north of Albany.

The Rural Clinical School's administration and teaching centre in Narrogin is located close to the town centre. It is a large, modern venue providing ample space for lectures, tutorials, private study and recreation.

Students have 24/7 access to the office facilities, which include computers, photocopier, printer, library and skills equipment.

  1. Accommodation
  2. Health services

Accommodation

  • The student residence in Narrogin is conveniently located at the rear of the Narrogin Hospital, within walking distance of the town centre and only a short distance from the area of natural bush known as Foxes Lair.
  • The house has five bedrooms (two with ensuite) and a separate study/recreation room. The open plan common areas are well furnished and equipped. The house is set in beautiful, well-maintained gardens with a secluded outdoor entertainment area.
  • Students may be provided with a laptop computer for use while studying at The Rural Clinical School. These can be used in the student residence either by plugging into network data points located throughout the house (including bedrooms) or via the wireless internet access available at the residence. A printer is also provided at the house.
  • There is ample off-street parking for students who wish to bring their own vehicles to Narrogin, although it is possible to manage without a vehicle while studying here. Four bicycles are provided for transport or recreational use, and there is also a local taxi service.
  • TransWA runs regular scheduled bus services between Perth and Albany or Esperance; both routes can be accessed from Narrogin.

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Health services

Narrogin is well served by medical services for a town of its size. It has two general practices employing around 12 GPs, including anaesthetist and obstetrician GPs, and GP registrars. A general surgeon also lives in the town.

Hospital

Narrogin Hospital is a well-appointed, modern facility that prides itself on its progressive and innovative management approach and its family-friendly orientated working atmosphere.

Facilities include:

  • 24 hour emergency department
  • six-bed obstetric unit
  • four-bed paediatric unit
  • 32-bed acute surgical/medical/psych unit
  • nine-bed day surgery unit
  • cancer support/palliative care unit.

In the hub-and-spoke model, the Narrogin Hospital provides support to the smaller surrounding towns, many of which do not have doctors available 24 hours a day.

Patient transport is provided by the St John's Ambulance service or by helicopter directly to the Narrogin Hospital helipad. Those requiring transfer to Perth can be flown by the Royal Flying Doctor Service from the Narrogin airfield.

Visiting specialists

  • Cardiologist
  • Chest Physician
  • Child Psychologist
  • Dermatologist
  • Developmental Paediatrician
  • Gerontologist
  • Orthopaedic surgeon
  • Ophthalmologist
  • Optometrist
  • Paediatric Endocrinologist
  • Psychiatrist (adults)
  • Psychiatrist (children and adolescents)
  • Psychiatrist (seniors)
  • Radiologist
  • Rheumatologist.

Other leading consultants visit Narrogin specifically to lecture students at the RCSWA.

Primary health services

  • Aboriginal health
  • Aged care assessment
  • Antenatal and postnatal classes
  • Child health clinics
  • Diabetes and dietetic services
  • Immunisation clinics
  • Occupational and physiotherapy services
  • Speech pathology
  • Women's health screening clinics.

Mental health

Narrogin Hospital works in close association with the Great Southern Mental Health Service. Mental Health services include:

  • a two-bed rooming-in facility
  • a harm minimisation room.

Diagnostic facilities

  • Medical imaging (two full-time radiographers)
  • PathCentre (two locations).

Allied health services

  • Audio Clinic
  • Dentists
  • Diabetic educator
  • Dieticians
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Podiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Speech pathologists

Complementary medicine

  • Bowen Practitioners
  • Chiropractors
  • Clinical Aromatherapists

Community support services

  • Community Care Services
  • Homecare
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Silver Chain

Facilities for senior citizens

  • Jessie House (Dementia Respite)
  • Karinya Aged Care Hostel
  • Narrogin Cottage Homes
  • Narrogin Nursing Home
  • Senior Citizens Centre

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Last updated:
Thursday, 22 January, 2015 3:14 PM

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