The Discipline of Rural and Remote Medicine is headed by Associate Professor Bruce Chater. The Discipline oversees the Rural & Remote Medicine Course, which provides a unique opportunity for medical students to understand and experience the rewards, benefits and challenges of clinical practice amongst population groups and/or in communities that face access and equity challenges associated with health service delivery. 

Rural & Remote Medicine students undertake either:

  • Rural and remote medicine (domestic students only); or
  • International rural and remote medicine (international students only).

Effective from Semester 1, 2019 the Medicine in Society course will be split into two separate courses with different course codes:

  1. MEDI7315 Rural and Remote Medicine (RRM), and
  2. MEDI7321 Medicine in Society (MIS)

By default, domestic students will undertake the Rural and Remote Medicine course, while international students will enrol in the Medicine in Society course.

RRM Special Consideration guidelines can be found here.

RRM Student Handbook 2019 can be accessed here.


Students can undertake placements in rural and remote areas within Queensland, throughout Australia and internationally.

Profiles for possible domestic 2019 placements can be found here.  Please note that not all sites are available each placement.

RRM Placement Subsidy

The RRM Placement Subsidy is an initiative of the Rural Clinical School and provides financial support to assist 3rd year students to attend Preparation Week and complete rural and remote placements in rural and remote communities throughout Queensland during the Comprehensive Clinical Practice Semester. This program is administered by the Discipline of Rural and Remote Medicine (RRM). 

Types of support include;

  • Accommodation
  • Travel
  • Internet; and
  • QAS Attendance

Further information on the subsidy can be found here.

To complete a subsidy form, click here.

Timeline for subsidy

Form Completion By


Payment By


Semester 1: 16 January 2019

Semester 2: 26 June 2019

Preparation Week Subsidy

Semester 1: 25 January 2019

Semester 2: 5 July  2019

Placement Subsidy

3rd Friday of the RRM placement

Wi-Fi Subsidy

3rd Friday of the RRM placement

QAS Subsidy

Semester 1: 14 June 2019

Semester 2: 15 November 2019


Teaching activities

Rural & Remote Medicine sits within the Year 3 Comprehensive Clinical Practice semester and is preceded by a preparation week program hosted by a rural site.   Students undertake a supervised six week placement at a rural or remote placement site in hospital general practice and/or community-based settings.  During the semester, students undertake a full day QAS trauma management workshop in Brisbane.

If you a domestic student undertaking a rural placement, your placement will be organised for you following preferencing, and you will be allocated to a rural preceptor.  You will be advised of the location in which you will be required to undertake your preparation week. Your accommodation for both the preparation week and the subsequent RRM placement will be paid for by the Faculty.

Please be aware that whilst every effort will be made to avoid placement changes, this may be necessary due to circumstances out of our control.  In these circumstances, the coordinator will contact you to discuss alternative placement options.

Recognising our 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. Within our discipline, clinical training and research is supported by health professionals who hold an Academic Title with UQ.

Research activities

Research in rural and remote medicine is undertaken in our Rural Clinical School Research Centre, which conducts research relevant to the needs of rural areas from individuals through to entire populations.


The Discipline works in close association with:

  • Rural Doctors Association of Queensland
  • Queensland Health - Office of Rural and Remote Health
  • James Cook University
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland Rural Medical Education
  • Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine

Away placements

Guidelines for International Rural and Remote Medicine

This stream is only open to International Students.

International students are encouraged to undertake this placement overseas or return to their country of origin in order to satisfy the requirements for the placement component of the Rural & Remote Medicine course. It will be the responsibility of the student to plan and negotiate the proposed placement opportunity. This will include the student arranging and funding all their own accommodation, travel and other support for the placement. 

International students can submit an application seeking to undertake a supervised placement at an approved location in their country of origin. Placement locations must meet the following criteria:

  • At least 25km from a major teaching hospital
  • A local population less than 100,000
  • Placement Supervisor has a broad generalist set of skills and commonly works across a number of settings such as hospitals, private practice, Indigenous medical services and community health centers

In week 1 of the CCP Semester students will attend a Preparation week, which is mandatory. The aim of preparation week is to prepare you for your learning in your upcoming clinical placements and will be targeted to either RRM or Medicine in Society (MIS) learning objectives.

  • International students who are approved to do an away Rural and Remote placement will attend the RRM preparation at either the Bundaberg or Hervey Bay Rural Clinical School (RCS) sites.
  • Students completing the Medicine in Society course will attend a preparation week program in Brisbane.

Students undertaking an international placement in RRM in Block 1will be exempt from attending the RRM Preparation Week, but will need to demonstrate how they are going to achieve the learning objectives for Preparation Week. Didactic sessions will be recorded for these students to view online or they can zoom in live.

Students are required to submit an application at least twelve (12) weeks prior to commencement of the block to seek approval to undertake their RRM placement overseas. Click here for further details of the application process.

The application deadline for an International RRM away placement in Semester 1, Block 1 is 29 October 2018.

Considering the CCP Semester will consist of three consecutive placements, it is extremely important that students who intend on experiencing an international rural placement also attend the correct Preparation week (i.e. Medicine in Society or Rural and Remote Medicine).

If you would like to complete an International RRM away placement in Block 2 or 3 in Semester 1, please email your Expression of Interest to by 1 November 2018.

Students must still preference for Medicine in Society placement prior to applying for an away rotation for International Rural & Remote Medicine.

Note: Northern Ontario School of Medicine has limited places available for international students. Students must organise and pay for any costs associated with this placement (including transport, accommodation and the application and processing fees of $700 total). Students need to apply through NOSMS online elective application system (  at least 6 months in advance of the placement to allow sufficient time for planning.

To apply please follow the instructions on the Faculty of Medicine webpage.

Questions about the placement requirements can be directed to the Faculty of Medicine Clinical Administration team at

Guidelines for Medicine in Society at Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore

Available only to international students from Singapore only. 

Students from Singapore are eligible to apply for a placement in Geriatric Medicine at Tan Tock Seng Hospital in Singapore as part of their Medicine in Society placement. Students must apply and secure a placement from Tan Tock Seng, prior to applying to the Faculty of Medicine for approval.

Students are responsible for contacting any proposed teaching institution and for seeking agreement that a teaching program will be available consistent with the published Learning Objectives and Goals.

Students are required to establish that supervision will be provided.

Please provide the following information in your online application:

  • Where you wish to undertake your placement – please provide the name, address and a brief description of the hospital/clinical site including population demographics and areas of special clinical expertise.
  • Preceptor details- Name, Position
  • Preceptor’s area of clinical practice
  • Please provide a detailed timetable of the learning activities you will participate in during your proposed clinical placement, for example:
    • Clinical ward rounds
    • Clinical team meetings
    • Outpatient clinics
    • Hospital Educational Meetings e.g. journal club, grand rounds
    • Opportunities for engagement with other health professionals e.g. physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists etc.
    • Opportunities to engage in health care within the community e.g. hospital outreach clinics
    • Clinical research meetings
  • Please identify the prime medical conditions you will be exposed to during your placement e.g. what is the main clinical focus of the unit you will be attached to?
  • Please identify how this placement will enhance your clinical skills? ( max 150 words)
  • Please identify why you would like to undertake this clinical placement? ( max 150 words)

Students are advised NOT to make any travel arrangements until the final approval has been granted.

To apply please follow the instructions on the Faculty of Medicine webpage.


Medicine in Society at Queens University, Canada

There will be an opportunity at the Queens University Ontario for one student to undertake an away placement during each MiS (former MiS C) block. Please note that MiS away placements cannot be delivered in a GP context. The clinical setting provided at Queens is appropriate to the requirements of the MiS course.

The usual away placement restrictions will apply, including satisfactory GPA level. Expressions of interest  should be sent by email to, to be received before 10am on the dates outlined below. The email should include your name and student number.

Clinical Placement Block

Ballot Date

Block 1

19 November 2018 (extended by 2 weeks)

Block 2

3 December 2018

Block 3

21 January 2019

Block 4

1 April 2019

Block 5

13 May 2019

Block 6

1 July 2019

Where there is more than one eligible applicant, preference will be given to students who have not already been granted an away placement in Canada in any other Year 3 course. The successful student will be determined at random from the list of preferred candidates by a ballot to be held at noon of that day. Otherwise the successful applicants will be chosen at random.


Rural & Remote Medicine Academic Team
Head of Discipline – Rural & Remote Medicine: Associate Professor Bruce Chater
Tel: 0419 674164 Email:

Discipline Academic Supervisor: Dr Sam Stevens
Tel: 0457 786 663 Email:

Discipline Academic Supervisor: Dr John Ridler
Tel: 0409 895 575 Email:

General Email:

Rural & Remote Medicine Administration Team

Team Lead Rural & Remote Medicine: Clare Butters
Tel: 07 4633 9705 Email:

Student Coordinator (Placement & Accommodation): Bridget Lowe 
Tel: 07 4633 9708 Email:

Course Support Officer (Assessment Coordinator): Tarin Stewart
Tel: 07 4633 9714 Email:

Medicine in Society - International Students Only
Administrative coordinator: Kim Wicks
T: + 61 7 3365 5260 Email:

Academic coordinator:  Dr Michaela Kelly