25 Markwell St, Kingaroy, QLD, 4610, AUSTRALIA

About the Placement

Placement Type: GP Clinic

Ochre Medical Centre Kingaroy (previously Markwell Medical) is a family general practice serving the local community in Kingaroy, QLD. Their trained and experienced staff are there to help, and provide a relaxed and comfortable environment for patients. As a family general practice, they offer a wide range of medical services to the local community including, skin cancer screening, vasectomies, minor surgery and removal of skin lesions.

Opportunities for Students

  • Students will have the opportunity to attend teaching & training sessions at Kingaroy Hospital with RMEA
  • Students may have the opportunity to complete weekend shifts at Kingaroy Hospital
  • Students will have the chance to spend time with the preceptor at The Lady Bjelke-Petersen Community Hospital

About Kingaroy

Kingaroy has always been a rich agricultural area and is probably best known as Australia’s peanut and navy bean capital. But since the early 1990s it has also become home to a vigorous wine industry which is already the largest in the State in terms of production. Kingaroy’s population is expected to double over the coming decades as a steadily growing population take advantage of the area’s great rural lifestyle, with its proximity to Brisbane, Toowoomba and the Sunshine Coast, and rapidly expanding opportunities.

Close-by attractions include;

  • Brisbane Valley Rail Trail
  • The Peanut Van
  • Kingsley Grove Estate Annual Grape Stomp - February
  • Kingaroy Baconfest - August
  • Bunya Mountains
  • Coomba Falls
  • South Burnett Wine Trail


Getting there

Distance from Brisbane: 212km (2h 50m drive time)

Transport Options: Bus, Drive, Train

Accommodation Type: Shared student accommodation at hospital (1.3km to practice)

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

Tips from previous students

  • I enjoyed being able to get to know the Griffith students through the friendly coordinator and being included in their learning opportunities.
  • Go to markets 
  • Head to the local bar/pub - meet surprising number of people you actually know; good to get to know people outside of context of medical school 
  • Try the local eateries and cafes - stunning variety of food.


My main preceptor was a great mentor and teacher. He went out of his way to encourage me to learn and get me involved. I was able to experience I wide range of rural medicine including general practice, emergency department, antenatal, anaesthetics, women and children's medicine and surgery. This gave me good insight into what it is like to be a rural generalist and has encouraged me to consider it as a possibility in the future. Every day of my placement was completely different from the one before it.

It was fantastic how RMEA took me in as a student as well, even though I wasn't primarily placed there within the hospital.