Whyalla and Roxby Downs

Whyalla is one of the largest regional hubs on the Eyre Peninsula. A large population of 22,000 and the benefits of modern shopping facilities make this a vibrant and bustling location. Located 330km north of Whyalla, Roxby Downs is a mining town located in the outback. Placements in Whyalla and Roxby Downs are available in years 4, 5 and 6.

Waterfront in Whyalla

You can choose to undertake a nine-week surgical attachment in Year 4 or the year-long Year 5 Integrated Program in Whyalla. You will be based at a GP practice or the new local hospital, and will have access to a number of specialists. Year 5 students will also rotate to Roxby Downs.

Year 4

Nine-week surgical placements are available in Whyalla to Year 4 medical students. During your placement, you will be supervised by experienced rural surgeons, practitioners, and visiting surgeons from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Royal Adelaide Hospital. You will become actively involved in patient management and have the opportunity for hands-on learning by assisting in surgical procedures under appropriate supervision.

Year 5

The year-long placement is an integrated program, where areas of experience are covered weekly rather than in block rotations. You will be based at a general practice—but you’ll be doing more than GP work. You will also gain experience at Roxby Downs for six weeks.

Whyalla boasts a range of specialists. A resident obstetrics and gynaecology specialist will take you for one or two theatre sessions and a tutorial each week, plus on-call services. Three paediatricians visit up to three days a week and an anaesthetist will take you for week blocks. You’ll also work with a wide range of specialists who visit fortnightly and monthly. In addition, you will undertake a two week intensive paediatric placement in Port Augusta and spend two weeks at the Aboriginal Health Service.

Year 6

Opportunities for four-week rural general practice placements are available in Whyalla.


Find out more about Whyalla.