At the core of the student learning experience is a supervised six-week placement undertaken in a rural or remote site using a combination of hospital, general practice and/or community-based settings. Students also participate in a Trauma Management Scenario as part of their learning program. The rural or remote placement is preceded by a week-long preparatory program (Orientation Week) and concludes with Debriefing Week (Week 8) during which students attend formal lecture sessions on the Monday and undertake a written examination on the Thursday. 

To assist students satisfy the requirements for Society in Medicine (Rural and Remote Health streams), the following support services are available:

  • Accommodation is provided for all students during Orientation Week and at their placement location. Accommodation is also provided for Rural Clinical School students during debriefing week.
  • Placement Allowance to defray the costs involved in travelling to, and living at, a placement site(s).  Students are responsible for their own travel arrangements.
  • IT resources and support to facilitate the learning experience.

Special consideration

  1. Read our Guidelines for Medicine in Society and John Flynn Placement Program Guidelines.
  2. Download an application form.
  3. Fill in the form and state whether you are seeking: 
    - Exemption from undertaking Stream A Rural & Remote Medicine,
    - Special consideration for the Stream A Rural & Remote Medicine clinical placement,
    - Remote placement for the Stream A Rural & Remote Medicine clinical placement, or
    - Approval to undertake a combined John Flynn Placement Program (JFPP) and Medicine in Society (MiS) rural placement. 
    Note: Students seeking approval for the John Flynn Placement Program should select special consideration on the application form. 
  4. Ensure your application is submitted six weeks prior to the rotation for those students making application for special consideration. 
  5. View our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Placement locations

Please find below links with information regarding different placement sites. Please note that despite the very best efforts by staff to provide timely and accurate information to students about their rural placement, it is possible that such information may be the subject of change at short notice.  Unforeseen circumstances may mean that a placement site is no longer available to a student.  In such cases, every effort will be made to ensure timely advice is provided to students in order that they might properly prepare for their placement.

Remote placement site information

Preferencing process

  • All domestic students are required to enter preferences for the Medicine in Society (Stream A) placements for 2017,  not just students scheduled for Medicine in Society in Rotation 1.
  • The preferencing system opens at 9.00am on [date to be advised].
  • The preferencing system closes at 11.59pm on [date to be advised]. 
  • Medicine in Society placement allocations will be released 6 weeks prior to the commencement of your Medicine in Society rotation.

Students have the opportunity to submit an application for exemption/special consideration/remote placement however they must participate in submitting on-line preferences in case their application is not successful. Applications for exemption/special consideration/remote placement will also close [date to be advised]. Refer to “Special Consideration” section for further information. 

Download preferencing instructions

Extended Placement Program

This is an opportunity to spend more time in a rural location by undertaking back to back rotations in either Semester 1: Placement 1&2 or Semester 2: Placement 4&5 for the Year 3 Medicine in Society Stream A Rural & Remote Medicine and General Practice rotations. Domestic Students can self select to be part of the program but must be in good academic standing, be from a rural background, or with a demonstrated keen interest in rural and primary care. 

Please see the EPP information flyer and EPP Information Information booklet for further details or contact Rural & Remote Medicine Team Lead Clare Butters via email: or by phone (07) 4633 9705. 

To apply, complete the attached Application form and email to