The Rural Clinical School of WA


Further information

  • A-Z: Staff listing
  • Information about Kalgoorlie

RCSWA Head Office, KalgoorlieRCSWA Head Office, Kalgoorlie

12 Piccadilly Street12 Piccadilly Street

Lake BallardLake Ballard

Students on a truck in KalgoorlieStudents on a truck in Kalgoorlie

Kalgoorlie-Boulder is the main commercial centre of the Goldfields region. It is a vibrant, bustling city located about 600 km east of Perth.

The administrative head quarters of The Rural Clinical School of Western Australia is in Kalgoorlie. Located in a dedicated building on the site of Kalgoorlie Regional Hospital, it is a modern building that incorporates both administrative and teaching facilities.

  1. Accommodation
  2. Health services
  3. Recreation


  • Three fully furnished, well-appointed houses are available within one kilometre of the hospital and the Office.
  • All houses have wireless ADSL, and students may be provided with a laptop computer for use while they are on placement if they require it.

Health services

Currently the RCSWA has a close working relationship with the following general practices involved with the teaching of the medical students:

  • Lamington Medical Group and GOMED

Lamington Medical Group and Goldfields Occupational Medicine is a combined community general practice located at two specific sites within Kalgoorlie.

The Lamington practice has a central focus on managing family medicine, illness and paths to health with the occupational practice having a central focus on occupational medicine, health promotion and early detection and prevention of disease. Both practices are highly equipped and well-appointed with modern computer aided facilities, as would be expected of a modern general practice.  The practice offers a variety of added services such as travel immunisation advice and administration, midwifery care, women's health, holter monitoring, advanced respiratory testing and 24 hour blood pressure monitoring. The central occupational practice provides after hours clinical consults for the public. Both practices are registered and accredited against the RACGP standards and have proven an excellent starting point to consolidate general medicine into the community.

  • Plaza Medical Centre

The Plaza Medical Centre is a procedural general practice with six general practitioners, three of whom practise advanced GP obstetrics. The practice aims to provide holistic cradle-to-grave medicine and has a multidisciplinary practice with practice nurses, midwives, dietician, diabetic educator, visiting occupational physician and an onsite psychologist. Practice Principal, Assoc Prof Kylie Sterry, also has a keen interest in teaching medical students, GP registrars and international medical graduates.

  • Trinity Medical Centre

Trinity Medical Centre is a general practice started by Dr. John Prepeh in 2011. The practice aims to see patients outside of general business hours.

  • Private Specialist [Kalgoorlie based] - Dr. Barney McCallum

This practice is a specialist obstetric and gynaecology practice.  Dr. McCallum tries to provide services in all areas of this discipline, except oncology and CVS, with special interests in infertility, incontinence, breech deliveries and pelvic pain.

  • Bega Garnbirringu - Aboriginal Medical Services

Bega provide sustainable, culturally appropriate and holistic health services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at both their clinic and mobile clinic which regularly visits our rural communities.

Kalgoorlie Health Campus

Kalgoorlie Health Campus (formerly Kalgoorlie Hospital) is a 131-bed inpatient facility and the largest regional public hospital in WA.  The hospital is comprised of the following units:

  • Emergency Department - The Emergency Department provides 24 hour emergency care and is linked with the Trauma Registry at Royal Perth Hospital, exchanging information.  Resident Medical Officers (RMO), seconded from Royal Perth and Fremantle Hospitals, provide 24 hour medical care, with one RMO on duty each shift and the availability of access to specialists and general practitioners.  The department has an annual presentation rate of 18,000 - 22,000 patients per year, including paediatrics and major trauma.  Adjacent to the Emergency Department, is a procedure room, which is currently used as an endoscopy and minor surgical procedure facility, by both local surgeons, GPs and visiting proceduralists.
  • Paediatrics - The Variety Club Children’s Ward and a level 2 Special Care Nursery provide care for sick children, from neonates to adolescents. The unit, providing both in-patient and out-patient services, is staffed by 3 paediatricians and is an approved rural training site for paediatric trainees. General surgery, ENT and orthopaedic surgeons operate on children in Kalgoorlie. Visiting specialists provide sub-specialty out-patient care. The ward has a 21 bed capacity (2 HDU level beds) and the nursery a 3 bed capacity. 
  • Medical (B Ward) - This is a 29 bed medical ward. There is a wide variety of medical conditions but some of the more common diagnoses are for complications of renal failure and diabetes; detoxification from alcohol and other drugs; psychiatric illnesses; conditions such as asthma, CCF, CAL and CVA. A team consisting of two consultant staff physicians, a medical registrar and two medical interns have input into the running of the ward and are available for referrals from GPs. A chemotherapy unit has been added to the medical ward by converting one of the four bedrooms and providing consulting and treatment areas. A visiting oncologist and local specialist physicians provide chemotherapy services.
  • Mental Health Inpatient Unit - This unit has seven inpatient beds including a secure observation room.  The unit will manage scheduled patients and be under the leadership of a resident psychiatrist.
  • Surgical (D Ward) - A busy 34-bed ward, which caters for orthopaedics, general surgery and gynaecology is provided by local specialists. Visiting specialists also provide ENT, urology and ophthalmology. Trauma is common with motor vehicle accidents and mining injuries comprising most of the trauma. A recent innovation of decreasing bed numbers down to 14 and running this unit as a Monday to Friday ward, has been most successful.
  • Day Ward - This is a modern, purpose-built unit with facilities for recovering 11 patients following surgical, endoscopies and short-stay procedures.
  • Special Care Unit - A five-bed coronary care/high dependency unit under the direction of the staff specialist physicians. Each bed is cardiac monitored and is linked to the central monitor at the nurses station. Clinical therapy available includes cardiac monitoring and care; invasive haemodynamic pressure monitoring; parenteral nutrition; internal/external cardiac pacing; inotropic support; short term assisted ventilation and endotracheal ventilation by Oxy log (prior to transfer to alternative facilities). Sleep studies, tilt table tests and cardioversions are also performed.  Post-op care is also provided to patients with cardiac/respiratory/renal compromise and paediatric patients are occasionally cared for here.
  • Gaburu Dialysis Unit -  This is a stand-alone dialysis service provided at Kalgoorlie Health Campus for patients with end stage renal disease from across the whole region. Treatment is provided by registered nurses six days per week, with access to the local physicians and the services of a visiting nephrologist every two months. The unit currently has facilities to dialyse 18 patients three times weekly. Staff also provide care to patients in the region undergoing continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis in conjunction with the home dialysis unit at Royal Perth Hospital.
  • Restorative Care Unit - A 16-bed unit catering for rehabilitation of patient's post-orthopaedic surgery and acute medical events; respite care and palliative care.  The unit embraces the concepts of normalisation, planned discharge, holistic palliative care and individualisation of care.  The unit has three rooms dedicated to palliative care.
  • Maternity (C Ward) - This is a 20-bed unit with 3 birthing suites and a low-intervention family birthing suite, the Mother Earth Room. It is a very busy unit with an average of 800 deliveries per annum and has the distinction of having the lowest caesarean section rates in the state. It is the largest midwifery unit outside the metropolitan area.  Care is provided on a shared care basis by an obstetrician/gynaecologist, general practitioners and two paediatricians.
  • Operating Suite and TSSU - The operating suite comprises two theatres performing 4000 surgical cases per annum.  There are two resident general surgeons, one obstetrician/gynaecologist and one orthopaedic surgeon. Visiting surgical specialties include paediatrics, urology, ENT and ophthalmology.
  • Clinic/Endoscopy Unit - This unit includes busy endoscopy lists operating five days per week. Other procedures undertaken in this area include cardiac stress tests, minor surgical/medical procedures and chemotherapy.

Visiting specialists

  • Arthritis Clinic
  • Audiologist
  • Cardiologist
  • Dermatologist
  • Diabetes and Endocrinology Clinic
  • Echocardiographer
  • ENT Surgeon
  • Geneticist
  • Nephrologist
  • Occupational Physician
  • Oncologist
  • Ophthalmologist
  • Orthopaedic Spinal Surgeon
  • Pacemaker Clinic
  • Paediatric Nephrologist
  • Paediatric Surgeon/Urologist
  • Paediatric Cardiology Clinic
  • Paediatric Respiratory Clinic
  • Paediatric ENT surgeon
  • Paediatric Endocrinologist
  • Developmental Paediatrician
  • Paediatric Psychiatrist
  • Pain Management Specialist
  • Plastic Surgeon
  • Radiation Oncologist
  • Radiotherapist
  • Respiratory Physician
  • Urologist

Every effort is 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.

Community services

  • Aboriginal Medical Service
  • Community Drug Service Team
  • Community Mental Health Team
  • RFDS base

Private diagnostic facilities

  • Mayne Health
  • Xray West


  • Oasis Recreation Centre - gym, two indoor pools, spa two slides, two outdoor pools (free membership for RCSWA Kalgoorlie students)
  • Local soccer, football, netball, basketball, tennis, cricket, hockey squash and volleyball teams
  • Kalgoorlie International Speedway
  • Horse racing track (annual Kalgoorlie Race Round week in September)
  • Hockey stadium with two fields, one of which is AstroTurf
  • New 18-hole golf course

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Last updated:
Monday, 19 January, 2015 3:42 PM