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Kadina Site Information

A Typical Semester

Students rotate through Kadina, Wallaroo and Moonta medical clinics. Integrated learning is a feature of these rotations so that students are exposed to all their learning needs on a daily basis. Kadina Medical Centre has obstetric and anaesthetic GP’s on staff whom are actively involved in the teaching programme. A widwife led obstetric programme also is very popular.

An average of 5 consulting sessions per week are conducted with a supervising GP, students involved in parallel consulting. Sessions are also spent with visiting specialists, in operating theatres or casualty sessions at the hospital.

Formal weekly tutorials are convened by a GP at Kadina.  Other video-conference based tutorials are conducted weekly from the University.

Visiting Specialists

22 visiting specialists attend the region to offer services including: Cardiology, Orthopaedics, General Surgery, ENT, Radiation Oncology, Endocrine, Physician & Gerontology, Gastroenterology, Vascular Surgery, Urology, Paediatrics, Gynaecology, Psychiatry, Opthalmology, Respiratory Medicine and Rheumatology. Most specialists visit on a monthly basis and welcome students to participate in their outpatient or operating sessions.

Other programs that may operate out of Kadina include:

The University of Adelaide

  • Medicine (Year 6 Placements)
  • Nursing

University of South Australia

  • Nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Medical Radiation
  • Laboratory Medicine
  • Physiotherapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Occupational Therapy

Flinders University

  • Medicine
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Speech Pathology
  • Physiotherapy

Only 148 kilometres from Adelaide, Kadina is the largest town on the Yorke Peninsula and is the main commercial centre for a very prosperous agricultural region. Copper mining, however, was once the main industry for this town when it was found nearby in 1859.

Kadina offers all the facilities of a large town including supermarkets, variety stores, medical services and much more. The wide range of accommodation as well as being close to a number of stunning scenic and family friendly beaches in Moonta Bay, Port Hughes and Wallaroo makes it a popular destination. In addition Kadina is a great base for exploring the northern end of the Yorke Peninsula and its rich history.

The three towns of Kadina, Wallaroo and Moonta make up the Copper Coast, which is also known as 'Australia's Little Cornwall'. The three towns are the home of the Kernewek Lowender, the world's largest Cornish Festival which has been held every two years in odd numbered years since 1973.


Adelaide to Kadina is approximately 149km. Kadina to Wallaroo is 9km and takes about 10 minutes.

Yorke Peninsula Coaches runs daily services to and from the Copper Coast. For more information see

Buses travel between Kadina and Wallaroo, for more information see

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Tourist information can be found at

Average weather information can be found at

If you want to visit Kadina the student coordinator may be able to assist you. Please refer to the People page and look up Site Specific Staff.


Accommodation Wallaroo

Student Housing

The University of Adelaide provides accommodation based at Wallaroo, 9kms from Kadina. The spacious house is situated within walking distance from the hospital.

The house has 5 bedrooms and is available exclusively for Medical students as well as Interns based at Kadina.

Activities & Sport

Wallaroo is a water sport paradise, with a large fishing jetty, sailing club and two beautiful and clean beaches. Sport is a large part of this rural community and all sporting options are available. Gymnasiums exist in all Copper Coast towns; Kadina has its gym based within a large sporting complex, from which most of the sporting activities originate.

Community Groups

A large variety of non- competitive sporting groups exist including Riding for the Disabled, Garden clubs, music, poetry, art, walking groups and a theatrical company provide plenty of options for individual involvement.

Site Contacts
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Rural Clinical School

Ground Floor, 122 Frome Street
The University of Adelaide
SA 5005


T: +61 8 8313 6280