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 program. The Mayne Academy also supervises Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students, including general practitioners and other health professionals.

The General Practice course, Medicine in Society course and Urban LinCc Project fall under the umbrella of the Primary Care Clinical Unit. 

General Practice placement

The General Practice placement is a six week clinical block undertaken in the third year of the medical program (or the fourth year for students studying at the Ochsner Clinical School in New Orleans). The four components of the placement are:

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

The placement 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:  Christine Gibson

Academic Coordinator:  Dr Ben Mitchell

Medicine in Society placement

This course is offered to our international student cohort and domestic students who are not able to undertake the Rural and Remote Medicine placement.

It provides a unique opportunity for medical students to understand and experience the rewards, benefits and challenges of clinical practice among population groups and/or in communities that face access and equity challenges associated with health service delivery. Such challenges can be attributed to contextual factors such as: disability, dependency on others, life-limiting illness, socioeconomic status, ethnicity and/or life circumstance. Clinical practice within such a contextual framework requires generalist knowledge, skills and attitudes. The core values underpinning care in these contexts include: the dignity of, empowerment of, respect for, and compassion towards the patient, their caregiver/s and family; advocacy on behalf of the patients, families and their communities and excellence in the provision of care and support. Whilst the context might be different, clinical practice is governed by a number of common parameters such as professional challenges, whole person care and team-based case management. An important focus of this course will be understanding the person who is the patient and how social determinants of health impact on patient health and wellbeing. A second focus will be to encourage students to be reflective and compassionate practitioners. Students will have the opportunity to engage in experiential, contemplative, reflective and narrative learning to deepen their understanding of the core values of medical practice in a tutorial context.

At the core of each student's learning experience will be a structured clinical placement where students will work closely with a clinical preceptor who will guide and support students as they provide health-care in context and continue to develop their general medical skills. A diverse range of clinical placements will be available including geriatric medicine, rehabilitation medicine, palliative care and refugee health in Australia and through Ochsner Clinical School, placements are also available in disadvantaged youth services and developing or disadvantaged communities.  There is also an opportunity for one student per block to complete a placement in geriatric medicine at Queen's University in Canada and at Tan Tock Seng Hospital in Singapore.

For more information -

Administrative Coordinator:  Kim Wicks

Academic Coordinator:  Dr Michaela Kelly

Urban LlnCC placement

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 -

Student Coordinator:  Sandii Comer

Academic Coordinator:  Dr Margaret Henderson