Within one hours’ drive from Adelaide, the Barossa is a world-renowned wine region also known for its local gourmet food. The area includes a number of picturesque towns such as Kapunda, Tanunda and Angaston, which all have local hospitals utilised for student learning. Placements in the Barossa are available in years 5 and 6.
Our students are based at one of the local general practices and have the opportunity to assist with hands-on clinical supervision and parallel consulting. While in the Barossa, you will be involved in patient care at hospitals, hospital rounds, on-call duties and supervised study time.
As a fifth year medical student, you will participate in many consulting and operating sessions (some GP and some visiting and resident specialists) each week, in addition to involvement in the treatment of a large variety of acute, emergency and chronic medical conditions in both hospital inpatients and outpatients.
You will have the opportunity to actively participate in the care of patients over the whole year. This will give you first-hand longitudinal experience of medical illness, its natural history, diagnosis, management and how it affects the family, workplace and community in which an individual lives.
One day per week is usually 'University Day', with all students meeting for tutorials, specialist visits, inter-professional education and video conferences. On other days, you’ll be available for hands-on clinical supervision, parallel consulting, hospital rounds, on-call duties and supervised study time.
You will attend the local hospital with your GP supervisors for a range of activities, such as ward rounds, patient admissions and on-call duties. Hospitals are located at Kapunda, Tanunda and Angaston.
All students will also complete a two-week intensive paediatric placement in Port Augusta.
The Barossa Valley Parallel Rural Community Curriculum (PRCC) program is a collaboration between the University of Adelaide and Flinders University. You will work alongside medical students from Flinders University and experience the best of what both universities have to offer.
Opportunities for four-week rural general practice placements are available.
Find out more about the Barossa.