72 King St, Charleville, QLD, 4470, AUSTRALIA

67 Edward St, Charleville, QLD, 4470, AUSTRALIA

About the Placement

Placement Type: GP Clinic & Hospital

Charleville Health Clinic is a stand-alone General Practice Service Facility that offers a range of in-house services including Chronic Disease Management, immunisations and minor procedures. 

Charleville Hospital services include - Accident & Emergency, X-ray, palliative care, surgery and outpatients. Visiting Services - flying Gynaecologist/Obstetrician, Paediatrician and flying Surgeon. 

It is a 21 bed district hospital.

Opportunities for students

  • Students may be offered one of a limited number of 1-week RFDS placements by the RRM team
  • Students may have the opportunity to be involved with the flying services visiting Charleville

About Charleville

Immortalised in Slim Dusty’s song by the same name, Charleville is the largest town in Queensland’s south west and is a hub for visitors and pastoralists alike. In the heart of ‘mulga country’, Charleville and surrounding pastoral properties are rich in history, flora and fauna. Today it is an important centre for the School of Distance Education and the Royal Flying Doctors Service.

Close-by attractions include;

  • Carnarvon Gorge
  • Charleville Royal Flying Doctor Service Visitor Centre
  • Charleville Cosmos Centre
  • Markets - last Sunday of month


Getting there

Distance from Brisbane: 617km (8h 30m drive time)

Transport Options: Bus, Drive, Fly, Train

Accommodation Type: Hospital accommodation (onsite at hospital, 1km to clinic)

Transport required for placement: Advantageous - for exploring the region

Tips from previous students

  • Getting involved in the community was brilliant - spending time at the golf club, RSL, Pub or down watching the local cricket/rugby team was unreal


Would highly recommend Charleville, the staff really get you involved and consider you part of the team. If you ask to do something (e.g. suture a patient, work up a patient in ED by yourself), they will probably let you do it. All the doctors were so amazing, kind and patient teachers and put a lot of trust in us students, and all the nurses were a joy to work with.

It was incredible, I learnt something new and invaluable every single day. Every staff member was so friendly and encouraging. 

Loved it! There were a lot of doctors on rotating rosters and lots of temporary locums and our supervisor was not working/working away a lot of the time.  This meant that we worked with a lot of different doctors who didn't often let us work independently on the first day as they were not familiar with our level of skill and as a student it takes some getting used to each doctors' teaching style and what they expect from you. I understand that this is the nature of the workforce rurally and saw it as an opportunity to get experience of different doctors' practice styles.