33 Day St, Tara, QLD, 4421, AUSTRALIA

15 Belton St, Tara, QLD, 4421, AUSTRALIA

About the Placement

Placement Type: GP Clinic and Hospital

Some of the services offered to Tara Medical Centre patients include: general medicine, home visits, family planning, ante-natal care, minor surgery, removal of skin cancers, moles and lesions, liquid nitrogen – freezing therapy and chronic disease management. 

Tara Hospital services include medical, ante and post natal midwifery, respite, emergency, long stay and palliative care. Clinics available are outpatient, immunisation, alcohol and drug, community health, child health and women’s health. 

It is a 15 bed community hospital.

Opportunities for Students

Students will split their time between Tara Medical Centre and Tara Hospital.

About Tara

Tara represents wheat country true and proper, deep in rural Queensland. The predominantly flat landscape is dotted with silos hat feed the hungry grain trains on a railway spur line that runs through the town. It evokes a rural lifestyle with wheat, beef and wool farms surrounding the shire. This quaint town has a warm, friendly atmosphere and the locals are always willing to stop and have a chat.

Close-by attractions include;

  • Visitors are welcome at the tennis courts, golf course, bowls club and swimming pool
  • Tara Lagoon Parklands - a must for a picnic or at sunset
  • Hit the road along the Sunset Way
  • Tara Festival of Culture and Camel Races - biennial in July


Getting there

Distance from Brisbane: 300km (4h 40m drive time)

Transport Options: Bus, Drive, Train

Accommodation Type: Hospital accommodation (onsite at hospital, 550m to practice)

Transport required for placement: Advantageous - for exploring the region

Tips from previous students

  • Hospital kitchen prepares one hot meal on week days for students.
  • Tara is a VERY small town and coming from the city can be quite a shock, but I found that it was easy to become accustomed to the feel here because everyone is so generous with their time.
  • Spend a day with the community care nurses and with the paramedics.


My preceptor has been an incredible source of support and education, and my interest in rural GP has definitely increased. The staff at Tara hospital and medical centre were all extremely welcoming and friendly, and I think future students will enjoy being placed here as much as I have.

I've had a really enjoyable experience in Tara, and found all of the staff and patients to be quite welcoming. I had opportunities to observe many procedures and different types of consultations, and feel that I have a much clearer understanding of what rural medicine entails, and some of the challenges that come with it. 
My preceptor was very welcoming, and always happy to answer my questions and discuss patients, as well as make sure that I was able to complete my assessments.

Had a fantastic time - my preceptor was phenomenal - extremely knowledgeable, patient and generous with his time, and produced an invaluable experience for my placement. The hospital and medical practise team were all extremely friendly and welcoming, and very happy to help me, and again, very generous with their time.