11 Denham St, Stanthorpe, QLD, 4380, AUSTRALIA

About the Placement

Placement Type: GP Clinic

Southern Downs Medical helps students to develop skills in relating to patients, exceptional history taking, and formulating a logical approach to diagnosis. Students are able to see patients independently in a dedicated room, before being reviewed by the GP. They have a dedicated patient base that are familiar with students in the practice, and supportive of their education. Students will have exposure to minor procedures such as cryotherapy, punch biopsies, injections etc in a supervised capacity.

Opportunities for Students

Students may also have the opportunity to spend time at Stanthorpe Hospital.

About Stanthorpe

Thanks to its unique microclimate and granitic soil, Stanthorpe is nationally recognised for its winemaking and diversity of produce. Look out for apples, pears, berries, stone fruit, persimmons, figs, olives and a huge range of vegetables in season. Wander through Stanthorpe and surrounding villages and you’ll also discover award-winning artisan bread and meat pies, gourmet outlets, locally cured meats, hand-made jams and preserves, farmhouse cheeses, vinegar, chocolates and olive oil!

Close-by attractions include;

  • Girraween National Park
  • Granite Belt Maze
  • Walk around Quart Pot Creek
  • Local Markets - Stanthorpe, Warwick, Killarney, Allora, Wallangarra
  • Apple and Grape Harvest Festival - late February/early March
  • Stanthorpe Berry Festival - November


Getting there

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

Transport Options: Bus, Drive

Accommodation Type: Hospital accommodation (650m to practice)

Transport required for placement: Advantageous - 1.5km to CBD

Tips from previous students

  • Great food and wine region with plenty of venues within a 30min drive to visit.
  • Group sports available casually with hospital staff and residents of the nursing quarters. Group dinner once a week organised by same group who organise the sport.
  • Be prepared to have a chat with the patients. Over-the-top formality can be really off-putting, and patients instead really appreciate having someone who can talk to them about how the farm is going and their health conditions all in the same conversation.
  • Be prepared for extremely variable weather! It can be 25C one day and 2C the next


The team at Southern Downs Medical are absolutely wonderful! The Stanthorpe community is also extremely welcoming, friendly, and genuine. I am very interested now to practice in Stanthorpe in the future or at least return during training.
I have learnt a lot, practised a lot, and did a lot

The preceptor was amazing. He was friendly and provided a relaxed and supportive environment to develop clinical consultation skills. He made sure to include me in interesting cases, and took the opportunity to teach me a lot of the details in general practice that we aren't really taught in university. His practice staff and nurses were also very helpful and friendly. The practice itself was also very modern and had all the latest clinical equipment which I had the opportunity to utilise.