The Discipline of Rural and Remote Medicine is headed by Associate Professor Bruce Chater. The Discipline oversees the Medicine in Society 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. 

Medicine in Society students undertake either:

  • Stream A - Rural and remote medicine (domestic students only);
  • Stream B - International rural and remote medicine (international students only); or
  • Stream C - Community medicine (international students only).​


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

Students undertaking Stream A of Medicine in Society may express an interest in a remote placement by completing and returning an application form to prior to the closing date of Stream A placement preferencing system. Please also submit alternative preferences through the online system in case your application is not successful.

Placement locations will vary depending on which stream (either A, B, or C) of Medicine in Society they are undertaking.

Teaching activities

Students in Streams A and B undertake a supervised six week rotation at a rural or remote placement site in hospital general practice and/or community-based settings. The rural or remote placement is preceded by an orientation week program and concludes with Debriefing Week (Week 8) during which students participate in a trauma management scenario and attend a formal lecture session on the Monday and undertake a written examination during this week.

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 Medicine in Society Stream B - 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 Medicine in Society 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.

Students must still preference for a Stream C placement prior to applying for an away rotation for Stream B.

Please refer to the Student Handbook and read and refer to the Stream B Guidelines for further information.

Additionally, in sourcing an Invigilator please refer to the Stream B Invigilator Examination Rules Regulations document and the Supervisor Procedure Manual.

Note: Northern Ontario School of Medicine has limited places available for Stream B 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 Stream C

Available for Singapore students only at Tan Tock Seng Hospital.

Students from Singapore are eligible to apply for a placement at Tan Tock Seng Hospital in Singapore as part of their Medicine in Society Stream C 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.

Should your away rotation be granted final approval from both the Discipline and Placements Team, you will be expected to attend the compulsory Orientation Week (Week 1 of the MIS Stream C Rotation) at Herston prior to travelling to Singapore.  This is a full week from Monday to Friday.  Requests to leave early for flights to Singapore will not be granted.  Placement dates at Tan Tock Seng Hospital will be the dates corresponding to Weeks 2-7 of the rotation.  Week 8 of the rotation is the exam.  If you are granted final approval for this placement, you will have the opportunity to either return to Brisbane or remain in Singapore to sit the exam.  You will be required to inform us of your decision regarding the exam no later than the end of the second week of the rotation.  Should you choose to sit the exam in Singapore, you will be responsible for organising approved invigilation at your own expense.  The Discipline can provide contact details on the pre-approved invigilator in Singapore at a later date should your application for the away rotation be granted final approval.

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


Head, Academic Discipline of Rural and Remote Medicine
Associate Professor Bruce Chater
Phone: 0419 674164

General Email:

Stream A - Rural and Remote Medicine
Student Coordinator: Skye To
Tel: 07 3346 5120 Email:

Student Coordinator: Clare Butters
Tel: 07 4633 9705 Email:

Stream B - International Rural and Remote Medicine
Academic coordinator: Janine Wyatt
Mob: 0458 826 499 Email

Stream C - International Students Only
Administrative coordinator: Kim Wicks
T: + 61 7 3365 5260 Email:

Academic coordinator MIS Stream C rotation:  Associate Professor Wendy Brodribb