69 Hospital Rd, Emerald, QLD, 4720, AUSTRALIA

About the Placement

Placement Type: Hospital

Emerald Hospital has a large range of general and speciality services including, 24hour accident & emergency, surgical (day surgery, minor and general surgery), gastroenterology, maternity, fracture/orthopaedic outpatient clinic and many more. Visiting services include a general surgeon, obstetrician/gynaecologist, ear nose and throat specialist and paediatrician. 

It is a 37 bed district hospital.

About Emerald

One of the largest towns on the Central Highlands, Emerald is the regional centre and thriving hub for many government facilities including council, education, and health and industries including mining, beef cattle, cotton, cropping, sunflowers, gemstones, tourism and citrus. With so much activity going on, there is always something to see and do around the town.

Close-by attractions include;

  • Lake Maraboon
  • Fairbairn Dam
  • Carnarvon National Park
  • The Gemfields


Getting there

Distance from Brisbane: 871km (9h 30m drive time)

Transport Options: Bus, Drive, Fly, Train

Accommodation Type: Shared student accommodation (300m to hospital)

Transport required for placement: Advantageous - for exploring the region


The ED staff were fantastic. Wards were less interesting. All of the staff in Emerald Hospital were willing to teach and in some way acted as my preceptor at various points. They were all willing to have me present cases to them and involved me in the care of the patient. I would also like to acknowledge the junior doctors at the hospital who were very approachable. They gave me lots of useful advice on being a med student, helpful tricks for various skills/procedures and assisted me in developing my communication skills.

The hospital provided an amazing insight into rural medicine.

I was able to see patients independently then present to doctors every day.  We were heavily involved in the management of patients. 

The doctors were brilliant and understanding educators. I cannot thank them enough and hope they are recognised for their kindness, professionalism and mentorship.