Headed by Professor Ian Yang, the Northside Clinical Unit is situated within the Metro North Hospital and Health Service (MNHHS). MNHHS is the public hospital and health service extending from north of the Brisbane River to north of Kilcoy, an area of 4,157 square kilometres. 

The MNHHS serves a population approaching 900,000 which represents approximately 20 per cent of the Queensland population in 0.2 per cent of the total area of Queensland. The population is growing rapidly and is forecast to be more than a million by 2021.

The district is actively involved in community health, providing such services as: Coordination, Rehabilitation and Consultation Services, Community Post Acute Services, Palliative Care and Alcohol and Drug Services. Considering the size of the Northside Clinical Unit, a strong and cooperative relationship with Queensland Heath is a necessity. Joint initiatives and policies have been established to ensure that the missions and visions of both entities are met, with a joint focus on patients, students and staff.

The Northside Clinical Unit hospitals are:

  • The Prince Charles Hospital 
  • Redcliffe Hospital 
  • Caboolture Hospital
  • Holy Spirit Northside Hospital (co-located on The Prince Charles Hospital campus).

The Northside Clinical Unit takes approximately 60 third year medical students and many more fourth year students, with numbers changing yearly based on availability.

Why Northside?

  • Exposure to clinical care in a wide range of settings: students have the opportunity to work across four hospitals, including a private hospital, to experience a range of clinical settings.
  • A rapidly growing population: The MNHHS is situated in an area of high population growth, with rapidly emerging opportunities in teaching, learning and research to meet the needs of patients.
  • A wide variety of specialities available: disciplines include Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Mental Health, General Practice, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Critical Care and Orthopaedics. 
  • State-of-the-Art learning spaces: recently refurbished clinical school facilities at The Prince Charles Hospital provide common areas and high quality facilities for small and large group learning, including interprofessional education.
  • Facilities​ designed to maximise interaction with experienced doctors: The library and clinical school are strategically placed next to the doctor's common room which provides a perfect opportunity for students and experienced doctors to interact in a place of learning.


Both the Centre for Research Excellence in Advanced Cardio-respiratory Therapies Improving OrgaN Support (ACTIONS) and the Thoracic Research Centre are located in the Northside Clinical Unit.

Academic Title Holders

UQ Medicine is proud to acknowledge that our provision of high quality medical education and research would not be possible without the work of our hospital and clinic-based health professionals. At the Northside Clinical Unit, our clinical training and research is supported by approximately 380 health professionals who hold an Academic Title with UQ.

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Location and Lifestyle

Northside Clinical Unit is based at The Prince Charles Hospital in Chermside, although students placed within the Clinical Unit may also work at Redcliffe, Caboolture and Holy Spirit Northside hospitals.

About Chermside
Chermside is located 10km to the north of the Brisbane CBD, and is a key destination along Queensland Transport's Northern Busway. The suburb is a bustling satellite centre, rich with restaurants, leisure and retail facilities and home to Queensland's largest shopping centre and a 16 screen cinema complex.

About Redcliffe
Set on a peninsula in the picturesque Moreton Bay, the City of Redcliffe is bound by 22km of golden sandy beaches and rocky red headlands with stunning ocean and island views. While offering city facilities, the laid-back coastal lifestyle of Redcliffe is less than 45 minutes drive north of the Brisbane CBD and only 25 minutes from the Brisbane International and Domestic airports.

About Caboolture
Located midway between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast, Caboolture is a pivotal part of the expanding Greater Brisbane corridor. The suburb is the heart of Caboolture Shire and is the administrative centre and seat of Local Government. It has a delightful and relaxed feel - the main street being leafy and the locals are proud of their social and natural history.

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Head, Northside Clinical Unit
Professor Ian Yang MBBS (Hons), PhD, FRACP, Grad Dip Clin Epid
Phone: +61 7 3139 5050
Email: i.yang@uq.edu.au
Address: Northside Clinical Unit Level 2, Prince Charles Hospital

Clinical Unit Administrator
Denise Schultz
Phone: +61 7 3139 6958
Email: med.northside@uq.edu.au 
Address: The Prince Charles Hospital, Rode Road, Chermside, Qld 4032