In partnership with an outstanding team of general practitioner teachers, we make a strong contribution to teaching across Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the MD/MBBS medical programme.  The Discipline also supervises Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students, including general practitioners and other health professionals.

The General Practice Rotation, Medicine in Society (Stream C) and Urban LinCc Project fall under the umbrella of the Discipline of General Practice.  

General practice rotation

The General Practice Rotation is an eight week clinical rotation undertaken in the third year of the medical programme (or the fourth year for students studying at the Ochsner Clinical School in New Orleans). The four components of the Rotation are:

  • Clinical placements in teaching general practices;
  • Face to face symposia and seminars delivered by the Discipline of General Practice;
  • Weekly small group tutorials; and
  • Electronic learning materials developed and/or curated by the Discipline of General Practice.

The Rotation is designed to support students to develop their clinical skills and to learn about -

  • The discipline of general practice and general practice as a specialist career;
  • Primary care and its interface with other health services; and
  • A broad spectrum of clinical and ethical presentations which present and/or are managed in general practice.

For more information - 

Administrative Coordinator:  Ms Heather McMaster

Academic Coordinator:  Dr Ben Mitchell

Away rotations

Guidelines for General Practice away rotation

International students are eligible to apply to complete their General Practice placement in Canada. Details of the program and selection criteria are as follows:

Who is eligible? International students studying year 3, who meet the MD Phase 2 Guideline Requirements, and have not already completed two international rotations. Students must follow all procedures as outlined on the Away rotations page on the Faculty of Medicine website.

Which Rotations are eligible for a general practice placement in Canada?  Students will be able to apply for all rotations in 2018.

Maximum number of students per rotation: 3 students. Applications will be accepted on a first in, first served basis.

Current general practice Canada placements for 2018:

2018 Rotation

Current places available

Rotation 1 0  Applications closed
Rotation 2 0 Applications closed
Rotation 3 1 Applications closed
Rotation 4 0
Rotation 5 1


Students are able to email in order to obtain a GP Teacher Information Booklet to include with their enquiries to Family Medicine practitioners. 

Successful applicants must commit to:

  • Securing their own placement with a Family Medicine practitioner in Canada. This clinical teacher must not be a close relative, current employer or the personal family practitioner of the student. He or she must be unconditionally registered with the relevant Board. Their practice premises must be appropriately accredited.
  • Attending an orientation session with the Rotation Academic Coordinator, Primary Care Clinical Unit, in Brisbane during week 8 of the previous rotation, before leaving for Canada. 
  • Attending all weekly tutorials via video-conference.
  • Attending 28 General Practice/Family Medicine placement sessions at the practice selected (each session should be a minimum of 4 hours duration).
  • Personal study of the GP Rotation Learning Materials provided to all students.
  • Completing a log of consultations observed over 4 placement sessions to assist in Discipline of General Practice evaluation of student clinical exposure.
  • Participation in an interview about their placement experiences with the Academic Coordinator on return to Brisbane if requested.
  • Returning to Brisbane in week 8 of the General Practice Rotation to complete the written and Clinical Case Examinations in Brisbane.

The Primary Care Clinical Unit will be available via email to address queries from a Family Medicine practitioner considering accepting a student.

Please direct all questions relating to:

To apply please follow the instructions on the Faculty of Medicine webpage.

Medicine in Society Stream C rotation

This eight week clinical rotation provides the opportunity for students to learn about clinical practice in the contexts of geriatric medicine, rehabilitation medicine and palliative care.  Internationally, placements are also available in disadvantaged youth services and in healthcare provision in a developing country.  Although sharing many common values and issues, each clinical placement will be unique.  Our focus is on producing safe, effective, skilled patient-focused doctors, able to manage people within the context of their culture and environment, as well as their current illness and other medical conditions.  We encourage students to move from a disease-focused to a patient-focused apporach, and to develop generalist knowledge, skills and attitudes.  These include a focus on holistic patient care and an understanding of team-based case management, requiring inter-professional collaboration and teamwork.  We also aim to assist students to develop the confidence, emotional resilience and self-reliance needed to manage the professional challenges of clinical practice in these contexts.

At the core of the students' learning experience will be a structured clinical placement where students will work closely with a Preceptor, who will guide and support students as they provide health care in context.  Face to face seminars and electronic learning materials are provided by the Dicipline of General Practice.  Small group tutorials are also scheduled throughout the rotation.

For more information -

Administrative Coordinator:  Kim Wicks

Academic Coordinator:  Dr Michaela Kelly

Urban LinCc

Selected Year 2 medical students have the opportunity to spend a half day for 13 weeks based in general practices in either Semester 1 or 2, in addition to their normal weekly MD learning activities.

This offers them additional patient contact to that provided by limited hospital ward time in a supportive, one-on-one teaching context. In addition, it allows students to experience continuity of patient care; to view the complexities of managing patients with multiple problems in the community; and to develop their clinical skills in history taking, physical examination, management, follow-up and prevention, across the broad range of patient presentations spanning all disciplines.

Underpinning this program is the recognition that much healthcare is conducted outside teaching hospitals, and that this presents an opportunity for more medical education to occur in the community setting.

Students have been enthusiastic about their experiences in the Urban LInCC programme and indicate that it has enhanced their clinical skills and their understanding of their future role as clinicians.

For more information -

Administrative Coordinator:  Jocelyn Selwood

Academic Coordinator:  Dr Margaret Henderson