We work in partnership with the Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health in developing appropriate Aboriginal health syllabus, teaching and learning.
Dentistry, Medicine and Podiatric Medicine are now offered at postgraduate level. All applicants for these courses will now need to study an undergraduate bachelor degree first.
If you are a current MBBS student interested in rural medicine as a career, and have chosen options that reflect your interest, you can have your choices indicated as a specialisation in your academic transcript.
Teaching within the School is based on integrated rural practice. Whilst urban medical school teaching is based on specialist-rotations, in the rural setting it is not practical to restrict teaching to patients of a single discipline. Instead, to capture all learning opportunities, teaching is directed by each patient who walks through the door. Exposing students to this diverse case mix is called Integrated Teaching. It is an excellent way to acquire clinical skills in history-taking, clinical reasoning, and diagnosis.
The Aboriginal health syllabus is integral to all teaching and learning in the School. Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can provide some of the most rewarding experiences for medical students and doctors. Due to the complex and serious conditions many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have, working in Aboriginal health provides some of the best learning opportunities medical students can get. More importantly the cultural and social experience usually associated with working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health is something that stays with most practitioners who have had these opportunities, generally making them much better doctors for all their patients.