Fisher St, Cherbourg, QLD, 4605, AUSTRALIA

Coronation Dr, Murgon, QLD, 4605, AUSTRALIA

About the Placement

Placement Type: Hospital

Cherbourg Health Service (Hospital) include Outpatients and Chronic Disease clinic, Accident & Emergency, Acute Care Beds, Self- Care Renal Dialysis, X-Ray, limited i-Stat bloods, Women’s and Child Health, and Community Health services. They also have visiting specialists (paediatric, palliative care, Cardiology, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, ENT clinics, and Allied Health Services). 

Cherbourg Hospital is a 17 bed rural hospital, 2 bay ED, quiet room, special needs, observation ward, palliative care room, and separate children, women and men’s wards. 

Murgon Hospital has accident & emergency, acute care beds, a self dialysis chair, X-ray and limited i-Stat bloods. It is a 15 bed community hospital.

Opportunities for Students

Students will spend 3 weeks at Cherbourg Health Service and 3 weeks a Murgon Hospital.

About Cherbourg & Murgon

Cherbourg is an Aboriginal community in South East Queensland, in the heart of the South Burnett region. It was established by Salvation Army member William Thompson in 1899. The town has seen much change over the years and today, it is a vibrant community with its own culture and identity. The South Burnett district has a lot to offer with amazing scenery and much to see and do. 

Murgon is a vibrant country town with a very active and friendly community located in the beautiful rural South Burnett region, in South-East Queensland. The South Burnett enjoys a warm dry climate where clear starry nights give way to perfect sunny country days. The Murgon district is a diverse farming region including olive and grape growing, cattle grazing, pig production and various crop farming including peanuts, lucerne, cotton and duboisia plantations.

Close-by attractions include;

  • Lake Barambah
  • Bjelke-Petersen Dam
  • South Burnett Rail Trail
  • South Burnett Wine Trail
  • Boat Mountain Conservation Park


Getting there

Distance from Brisbane: 264km (3h 15m drive time)

Transport Options: Drive

Accommodation Type: Homestay in Wondai (21km to Cherbourg and 16km to Murgon)

Transport required for placement: Yes - for travel between placement and accommodation

Tips from previous students

  • Such a close knit staffing team, they gave as much to me as I gave to them. I was able to gain a huge amount of experience and knowledge because I gave it a lot of time and energy, but I got that time and energy back from my teachers.


Once I got to know my preceptor and showed that I was interested in learning I was given a lot of autonomy and support in my clinical decision making and skills. The Locum SMOs and PHO were also very happy to help with my learning. I was highly encouraged to be independent however when I needed help they would provide it.

Could not recommend this placement enough! Had a wonderful time where I saw, did and learnt so much! Thank you to the wonderful staff at Cherbourg and Murgon Hospitals. 

It was awesome! I got to do so much, including a lot of independent stuff - I'd see patients in ED/outpatients by myself and then report back to a doctor, do ward rounds with a doctor or sometimes on my own if there wasn't anything really pressing we needed from ward rounds, I really feel like I was making myself a useful part of the team.