The Rural Clinical School of WA


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Kununurra District HospitalKununurra District Hospital

Kununurra student houseStudent house

Vehicles crossing creek bed at KununurraPentecost river crossing

Gazetted in 1961, the town is one of the youngest in WA and was developed through the construction of the Ord Irrigation Scheme.

Kununurra is a remote and beautiful, friendly, well equipped, modern town. With a growing population of around 7000, increasing during the dry (tourist) season, it has a high percentage of young adults as well as Aboriginal people.  Kununurra is the gateway to popular tourist destinations including El Questro Resort, the Gibb River Road and the Purnululu National Park.  Broome and Darwin are one day's drive or a short flight away and Perth can be reached in four hours by air.

There is a council-run gymnasium and a 25 metre swimming pool set in tropical surroundings. Lake Argyle and Lake Kununurra offer facilities for boating and kayaking and the rivers are great for fishing for the legendary barramundi.  Water holes and rivers are also popular to swim in when the water is flowing. Most Kununurra residents participate in sport, with a wide range of activities including football, tennis, squash, netball, archery, pistol shooting, dragon boat racing, yoga, pilates and hiking.

There are festivals and events throughout the year including the Kimberley Moon Experience, the Writers' Festival and the local agricultural show, horse races and rodeos.

The RCSWA administrative and teaching centre is located at 112a Coolibah Drive, just opposite the post office. Students have 24/7 access to the office facilities, which include computers, a photocopier, printer, library and videoconferencing equipment.

  1. Accommodation
  2. Health services


Student housing

The student house is located in a quiet street in Lakeside, a residential area about five minutes drive from natural bushland and 10 minutes from the office and town centre.

The recently built, four-bedroom house is light and airy with air-conditioning in all rooms. The main living area, with kitchen, lounge and dining, is an open-plan design but there is a separate study and other quiet spaces. The garden is small, maintained by a gardener and has a BBQ for outdoors cooking.

Students may be provided with a laptop computer and there is wireless access and a printer at the house.


There is a garage for two cars at the student residence and ample off street parking outside the house. Three bicycles are provided for student use. Kununurra has a limited taxi service.

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Health services

The strength of the RCSWA program generally and nowhere moreso than in Kununurra, is the opportunity to see a large number of patients. Students are encouraged to see patients every day and sometimes are the first person to assess them.

There are two main clinical areas where teaching and learning takes place in Kununurra. The Ord Valley Aboriginal Health Service (OVAHS), which is a primary health care service, and Kununurra District Hospital, which provides emergency, inpatient, obstetric and some primary health care.

Numerous specialists visit both centres and both the hospital and OVAHS provide services to outlying clinics such as Warmun. Students are encouraged to attend these clinics.

Visiting specialists

Specialists regularly visiting Kununurra cover the following disciplines:

  • Adult cardiology
  • Audiology
  • Dermatology
  • ENT
  • Gastroenterology
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Palliative care
  • Paediatrics
  • Paediatric cardiology
  • Psychiatry
  • Renal
  • Respiratory

Primary health services

  • Aged care
  • Ante and Post Natal services
  • Child health clinic
  • Diabetic clinic
  • Dietician
  • Immunisation clinics
  • Physiotherapy
  • Podiatry
  • Psychology
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech pathology
  • Women's health clinics

Psychiatric support

Psychiatric support is provided by:

  • North West Mental Health Team
  • OVAHS social support service
  • BOAB health services
  • Kinway

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Saturday, 1 August, 2015 9:51 PM