Toowoomba Rural Clinical School

The Toowoomba RCS is located in the centre of the Darling Downs Region. It’s approximately 125 km west of Brisbane, 700 m above sea level, and home to 100,000 people. The traditional owners of the land are the Giabal and Jarowair people.

In 2019, Toowoomba RCS is home for 36 year 3 and 30 year 4 medical students. Placements are completed in Toowoomba Base Hospital, St Vincent’s Hospital, St Andrew’s Hospital, and local community health centres. All compulsory placements are provided within Toowoomba, with many medical speciality options including cardiology, gastroenterology, endocrine, neurology, and many more. The RCS contains a clinical skills lab, clinical simulation facilities, and its own medical library, providing students with a comprehensive learning environment both in and outside the hospitals.

Toowoomba RCS

Student accommodation in Toowoomba is split across 3 locations due to student numbers. All sites are within 5 km from the main hospitals in town, and all are fully furnished with internet access.

Toowoomba is known as the Garden City, and lives up to its reputation with glorious flora year round. This is celebrated every year with the Festival of Flowers, which attracts many tourists to Toowoomba. In recent years, a younger demographic has brought with it a vibrant music scene, laneway culture, op shops, and record stores. Medical students in Toowoomba keep busy by exploring the local area, including attending country town festivals such as the Chinchilla Watermelon Festival! Students also regularly attend ParkRun, trivia, and movie nights – talk about study-life balance!

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“Choosing to come to the Toowoomba RCS for Phase 2 has proven to be one of the best decisions I have made in my time at UQ. There have been many academic advantages of studying rurally, including a fantastic culture of teaching at all levels, students taking on an active role in health-care teams, invaluable time spent with senior clinicians, and hands-on involvement in procedures. While the affordable accommodation is also a bonus, the best aspect has undoubtedly been studying with a very social and supportive community of students and making lifelong friendships” – Aaron

Group dinner

“Coming to Toowoomba for 3rd and 4th year has allowed me to achieve a perfect balance of gaining the gaining the educational benefits of studying rurally, still maintaining family and extracurricular commitments in Brisbane, and also opening my eyes to a wide range of rural travel experiences that I had not previously considered. In 2018, I was able to experience the excellent bedside and classroom teaching provided by dedicated clinicians during the week, drive back to Brisbane for family engagements and Med Revue, and travel with friends further west to Charleville, Roma, Chinchilla, Carnarvon Gorge, Cunningham’s Gap, Kingaroy, and Cherbourg. Coming to Toowoomba has piqued an interest in rural medicine and rural Australia that I could never have imagined” – Nick

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