Clare Site Information
Clare Medical Centre
A Typical Semester
The Clare program operates in block rotations. You will be ‘based’ at General Practices (including in nearby Snowtown, Burra and Spalding) providing exposure to vast range of varied experiences. Students will be rostered to approximately 5 clinical sessions a week with a supervising doctor. During this time students will undertake parallel consulting. Students will also go to Pt Augusta for a 9 week paediatric and O&G rotation.
GPs have various specialisations including anaestics, surgery, obstetrics and women's health. Students have lots of opportunities to practise their suturing skills and the opportunity to be rostered for on call duties.
The Student room in the Clare Medical Centre is also set up as a consulting room.
Clare Consulting Room
Students are rostered alongside the local GP anaesthetists to assist visiting specialists. Specialists may include:
- Drug and Alcohol Worker
- General Surgeon
- Orthopaedic Surgeon
- Plastic Surgeon
Clare’s hospital is located in the town of Clare. Students access the hospital for ward rounds, theatre, births and on call.
In addition to the tutorials you will receive online and via VC there are some locally based tutorials including:
- fortnightly scheduled tutorials with the GPs
- students may attend registrar tutorials from time to time
Other programs that may operate out of Clare include:
- Speech Pathology
University of South Australia
- Occupational Therapy
- Social Work
Located 90 minutes north of Adelaide, the township of Clare remains the Clare Valley’s regional centre and main service town since its settlement in 1840. With a steadily growing population of over 3,500, Clare boasts a variety of accommodation, facilities, retail outlets, restaurants and major bank chains as well as picturesque surroundings that attract tourists from all over the world. Its main industries are wine production, farming, and tourism.
The Clare Valley is host to over 40 wineries rich in Australian history and culture, including the world famous Jim Barry Wines which use local produce and distribute to more than 25 countries.
Clare offers a variety of health services via its two main facilities, Clare Medical Centre and Clare Hospital and Health Services. Clare Medical Centre boasts 11 doctors and 13 Visiting Specialists with vast expertise in many areas including Anaesthetics, Obstetrics, and Paediatrics. Clare Hospital provides a 23 bed complex, 4 Chemotherapy Day Unit chairs, and 24 hour accident and emergency facilities.
Clare and the surrounding Valley provide many scenic trails for biking enthusiasts, including the 35km Riesling Trail and the 19km Rattler Trail. There are several bike hire facilities to collect a bike from if you do not already have one, most require 24 hour notice.
If you are unable to drive the distance to and from Adelaide, there are bus and coach services running daily from several towns in the Valley.
Information can be obtained from the following websites.
Events in Clare
- Food and Wine Tours- http://www.clarevalleyexperiences.com/
- Pedal Go-Kart Hire- http://www.funwheels.com.au/
- Clare Valley Cup Day- November
- Farmers Race Day- March
- Clare Easter Races- April http://www.clareracingclub.com.au/
- Clare Gourmet Weekend- May http://www.clarevalleywinemakers.com.au/gourmet.php
- Clare Showgrounds Country Market- Monthly
- Clare Valley Food, Wine and Art Market- Monthly
- Clare Show- October http://www.southaustralia.com/regions/clare-valley-markets-fairs.aspx
If you want to visit Clare please speak to the student coordinator who would be more than happy to take you for a tour of the town, hospital, clinic, student accommodation, the learning centre and possibly introduce you to staff and students. Please refer to the People page and look up Site Specific Staff.
Students are accommodated in a large 5 bedroom house located near the main street in Clare. The house has 3 bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, desktop computer with internet access and Wi-Fi access.
Activities & Sport
There are a variety of sports and activities in the town and the Student Coordinator will be able to advise you about what is on offer.