197-243 McDowall St, Roma, QLD, 4455, AUSTRALIA

About the Placement

Placement Type: Hospital

Roma Hospital offers accident and emergency, general ward, outpatient, surgical and birthing services to the community, among a number of others, with the assistance of visiting specialists and the Flying Specialist Service.

It is a 45 bed hospital.

Opportunities for Students

  • Students may have the opportunity to be involved with the flying services visiting Roma

About Roma

Roma is the largest town in the Maranoa Region, at the heart of a rich sheep and cattle grazing area, and offers an array of city-like conveniences with friendly country hospitality. There is an abundance of cafes ideally located throughout town and dining options include fine dining restaurants, niche cafes, contemporary pubs with and alfresco dining, plus all your traditional take-away options. As you are in the heart of beef country be sure to try a mouth-watering grass-fed steak while you are in town.

Close-by attractions include;

  • Park run
  • Stroll around the Adungadoo Pathway
  • Carnarvon Gorge - camping & hike
  • Country Races - March & November
  • Injune Rodeo - October
  • Roma Sale Yards
  • Mitchell Spa & Sunday breakfast


Getting there

Distance from Brisbane: 478km (5h 45m drive time)

Transport Options: Drive

Accommodation Type: Shared student accommodation (2.6km to hospital)

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

Tips from previous students

  • There were plenty of activities available in Roma outside of placement - trivia night at the Royal on Thursday nights, a comedy show, Dachshund Day and we visited Carnarvon Gorge on one of the weekends.
  • Make the most of your time at a hospital where you can be more hands-on. Be prepared that it can be quite draining with 9hr shifts, but you get to experience a really wide variety of hospital placements.
  • Roma Hospital is a great teaching hospital, but you have to be proactive and put yourself out there to get the most of the opportunity.


My rural placement at the Roma Hospital was fantastic. I learned about the various aspects of rural medicine and also gained more practical skills. All of the clinical staff (doctors, nurses and allied health) were keen to get the students involved and teach. Thanks for a wonderful placement!

I had a great time at my rural placement in Roma Hospital. The doctors were all lovely and willing to teach. We also had lots of opportunities to develop practical skills ranging from history taking and examination to cannulation and venepuncture. Being rural, we had a lot more independence and I think this has helped me immensely develop better clinical reasoning and skills.

I thought that my preceptor was excellent. He had a fault-less clinical knowledge, was keen to impart his knowledge, to create teaching opportunities, encouraged us to develop our skills and invited us to be involved in more complex cases.