The Mayne Academy of Rural and Remote Medicine is headed by Associate Professor Bruce Chater. The Discipline oversees the Rural & Remote Medicine placement, 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 and Application Form can be accessed here.

RRM Student Handbook 2020 can be accessed here.

RRM Preceptor Handbook 2020 can be accessed here.


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

Profiles for possible domestic 2020 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 Introductory 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 2020 subsidy can be found here.

To complete a subsidy form, click here.

Timeline for subsidy

Form Completion By


Payment By


Semester 1: 15 January 2020

Semester 2: 24 June 2020

Preparation Week Subsidy

Semester 1: 24 January 2020

Semester 2: 3 July  2020

Placement Subsidy

3rd Friday of the RRM placement

Internet Access Subsidy

3rd Friday of the RRM placement

QAS Subsidy

Friday following attendance


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 - students are required to make their own travel arrangements to attend the session.

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 in 2020

Away placements are only open to International Students.

In Year 3, all domestic students are required to undertake the Rural and Remote Medicine (RRM) course. International students can also request to “transfer” from Medicine in Society (MiS) to RRM to facilitate an overseas “away” RRM placement.

Further details can be found here, under 'Rural and Remote Medicine'.

John Flynn Placement Program (JFPP)

The Discipline Rural and Remote Medicine and Health Workforce Queensland (HWQ) are supportive of students undertaking a combined placement in relation to JFPP and the UQ rural medicine placement. However, HWQ advises that a combined placement will only be approved on a case by case basis and will generally not be approved for 1st or 2nd placements. Please note that students are only entitled to claim a maximum of two weeks towards a combined placement with the JFPP.

For further details, see Section 11.6 of the 'RRM Student Handbook', together with the 'RRM Special Consideration' guidelines and application form (links above).

RRM Special Consideration

Domestic students who find themselves in circumstances that they feel prevents them from undertaking a rural placement; students with a rural background or connection (i.e. completed TREES Observership) and may wish to complete a rural placement at a specific site; OR students seeking credit for the John Flynn Placement Program, have an opportunity to submit an application for RRM Special Consideration prior to preferencing placement sites.

You will be required to provide a detailed explanation of why and what is required in regard to RRM Special Consideration. Compelling reasons ONLY will be considered as justification for students to be afforded RRM Special Consideration.  Students are required to provide documentary evidence to substantiate their claim for RRM Special Consideration. 

  1. Download the RRM Special Consideration guidelines and application form.
  2. Fill in the form and state whether you are seeking: 
    - Priority Placement (a specific rural placement),
    - Exemption from RRM (to complete Medicine in Society instead), or
    - Approval for a combined John Flynn Placement Program (JFPP) placement. 
  3. Compile supporting documenation
  4. Ensure your application and supporting documents are submitted by closing date
  5. Email application to 

RRM Special Consideration Closes

CCP Semester 1, 2020

CCP Semester 2, 2020

Midday, Tuesday 1 October 2019

Midday, Monday 9 March 2020


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

Discipline Academic Course Coordinator: 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): Shannon Tyrrell
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