The Rural Clinical School of WA


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.

  1. Accommodation
  2. Health services
  3. Recreation


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.

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Health services

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

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.

Facilities include:

  • Acute Admissions
  • Aged Care
  • Antenatal/Postnatal Care
  • Chemotherapy
  • Elective surgery
  • Emergency
  • Hospice/Palliative
  • Mental Health
  • Oncology
  • Outpatients
  • Paediatrics
  • Rehabilitation
  • General medical and surgical services
  • Radiology
  • Pathology
  • Hospice

Patient transport is provided by the St John's Ambulance service or by helicopter directly to the Northam Hospital helipad.

Visiting specialists

Specialists visit Northam either on a regular basis or biannually, depending on their field of expertise.

  • Oncologist
  • Cardiologist
  • Rheumatologist
  • Dermatologist
  • Ophthalmologist
  • Gastroenterologist
  • Renal medicine specialist
  • Respiratory medicine specialist
  • Urologist
  • Vascular surgeon
  • Paediatrician
  • Geriatrician
  • Psychiatrist

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.

Primary health services

  • Aboriginal health
  • Aged care assessment
  • Child health clinic
  • Diabetes and dietetic services
  • Immunisation clinics
  • Occupational and physiotherapy services
  • Speech pathology
  • Women's health screening clinics.

Mental health

Wheatbelt Mental Health Service is situated in Northam.

Allied health services

  • Dentists
  • Dieticians
  • Physiotherapists
  • Podiatrists
  • Psychologists

Community services

  • Community Care Services
  • Homecare
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Juniper
  • Silver Chain

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

Facilities for senior citizens

  • Beth Avon
  • The Residency
  • Killara Day Care Centre

Private diagnostic facilities

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Local clubs

  • adult riding, show jumping and pony club
  • gun, pistol and rifle club
  • motorcycle club
  • BMX club
  • bowling club
  • Rotary club
  • running club
  • soccer
  • football
  • netball
  • basketball
  • tennis
  • cricket
  • swimming
  • indoor hockey
  • ladies indoor tennis and hockey teams
  • horse racing track (May to October)
  • greyhound racing track
  • Northam Theatre Group
  • boating
  • golf course

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Last updated:
Monday, 11 January, 2016 3:19 PM