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Broome is a unique and exotic town that is the southern gateway to the raw wilderness of the Kimberley.

Broome and the surrounding district has a resident population of 20,000. The Broome office is located in the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council (KAMSC), where students may access the internet and use the office printers

  1. Accommodation
  2. Health services


  • Four fully furnished, well-appointed two-bedroom units in a small block within a couple of hundred metres of the hospital are available for students.
  • These are located in the old part of Broome within easy walking distance of Chinatown, the Saturday markets and most services.
  • Students may be provided with notebook computers and have high-speed internet access (ADSL) and a printer at home.

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Health services

Broome Hospital has 36 beds, including six nursing home beds. It caters for medical, surgical, paediatric and maternity care and has a busy emergency service.

  • The hospital has general surgical and gynaecology theatre lists  and about 250 babies are delivered in the hospital each year.
  • The Broome Regional Aboriginal Medical Service (BRAMS) practice incorporates a four-doctor primary care facility and a new 10 station haemodialysis unit.
  • The Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council (KAMSC), based on the same site as BRAMS, provides a teaching campus for Aboriginal health workers and medical students and support  for Aboriginal health services throughout the Kimberley.
  • There are four general practitioners at BRAMS and six at the hospital. Two of the hospital GPs staff the Caesarean section service for the town, and GPs also provide the anaesthetic service.
  • Two private practices in Broome employ the equivalent of about four full-time private GPs, and there are also several GP registrars in town.
  • Broome has a resident general surgeon, a general physician and a public health physician. There are also regular visits from the Derby-based regional paediatrician and obstetrician/gynaecologist.
  • All the specialists are keen on teaching, and Derby-based specialists spend several days in Broome each month. Two psychiatrists and a psychiatric registrar, providing services to the Kimberley and Pilbara regions, are also based in Broome with the North West Mental Health Service.

Students will also be able to spend time in Derby and Derby specialists can be considered 'local' in that they are only two hours drive away.

Visiting specialists

Apart from the local specialists (Broome and Derby), a full range of specialists visit regularly while visiting other towns and communities within the Kimberley.

For example various orthopaedic surgery teams visit the region for a total of 16 weeks a year. (The Derby general surgeon also has a background in orthopaedic surgery and is keen on teaching).

Ophthalmologists, an ear, nose and throat surgeon, a dermatologist and cardiologists visit several times a year to work in the public system. There is relatively little private medicine in the North West.

Community services

  • Community Drug Team and residential alcohol dependence treatment facility
  • North West Mental Health Services
  • Regional Aged Care Assessment Team and aged care facilities
  • a regional centre for other government services, including Centrelink, Department for Communities, Department of Education and Training and WA Police.

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