The town of Northam, on the banks of the Avon River, has a culturally diverse population and a rich heritage. Located 96km east of Perth, it is the gateway to the Avon Valley and the Wheatbelt region.
The student residence in Northam is conveniently located in the older part of town, within walking distance of the main street and most facilities. The house has four double bedrooms and a separate recreation room. The open plan common areas are well furnished and equipped. The house is set in beautiful, well-maintained gardens with a large 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 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 Northam. Two bicycles are provided for transport or recreational use, and there is also a local taxi service. TransWA also runs regular scheduled train services between Perth and Northam.
Northam is well served by medical services for a town of its size. Currently the RCSWA has a close working relationship with the following practices, which are involved with the teaching of the medical students:
Northam Hospital is a well-appointed, modern facility that prides itself on its progressive and innovative management approach and its family-friendly orientated working atmosphere.
Patient transport is provided by the St John's Ambulance service or by helicopter directly to the Northam Hospital helipad.
Specialists visit Northam either on a regular basis or biannually, depending on their field of expertise.
Every effort will be made to accommodate students' requests to spend time with the visiting specialists. Please note, however, that this may not always be possible because of the time constraints placed upon the specialists when they visit.
Wheatbelt Mental Health Service is situated in Northam.
A regional centre for other government services, including Centrelink, Department for Communities, Department of Education and Training and WA Police, is also located in Northam