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Maitland Site Information

A Typical Semester

The Year 5 students rotate between Kadina and Maitland throughout the year. Students are required to attend a minimum of 5 clinical contact sessions each week.

There are 3 long serving GPs, a registrar and 2 practice nurses on site at the Maitland Health Centre. Visiting Specialists include Paediatrician, Cardiologist, Neurologist, Ophthalmologist, Geriatrician, asthma educator and diabetes educator. Community Health services are also available through the health centre.

Maitland Community Health Services

During the Maitland Rotation the students will be exposed to general practice medicine, rural and remote medicine and management, emergency medicine via the hospital, and indigenous health at the local Indigenous Community Pt Pearce, and within the town itself. There is very wide and varied clinical exposure at this practice. A student once described Maitland Health Centre as similar to an emergency department.

Other programs that may operate out of Maitland include:

The University of Adelaide

  • Medicine (Year 6 Placements)
  • Nursing

University of South Australia

  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy

Flinders University

  • Medicine

Scholarship Programs

  • John Flynn Medical Student Program - for Australian Nationals

International Exchange Students

For more details please go to Rural Programs

Maitland is a small rural town on the Yorke Peninsula. The population of the town is approximately 1000 people, the surrounding catchment areas increase this number to approximately 4000 people, who utilise the Maitland Health Centre and local hospital in the town.

It is located 168 km west of Adelaide, approximately 2 hours’ drive. Maitland lies in the centre of the Yorke Peninsula; it is 25km from the west coast seaside town of Port Victoria, and 23km from the East Coast seaside town of Ardrossan. There are many towns within 40km radius of Maitland, including the seaside towns of Moonta, Pt Hughes and Wallaroo. Maitland also has the neighbouring towns of Minlaton and Kadina who also host medical and allied health students. Kadina is 50km north of Maitland.

Maitland is known as the "heart” of Yorke Peninsula, not only due to its central location, but because it is the heart of grain growing in South Australia. It is commonly referred to as the Golden Triangle due to its bountiful crops of wheat barley, canola and various other legumes.

Tourist Attractions

There are over 400km of coastline for fishing, swimming, snorkelling, diving, boating, cycling, walking and hiking. There are numerous art and craft galleries all over the Yorke Peninsula, often with cafés on site.

Visit the historical sites of

  • Moonta Mines
  • Bublacowie Military Museum
  • Red Devil Aviation Memorial
  • Inneston at Innes National Park
  • the Ethel Wreck
  • Barley Stacks Wines
  • Cape Spencer Lighthouse
  • Corny Point
  • Port Victoria Museum
  • Zanoni Shipwreck

Events on the Yorke Peninsula

There are plenty of events in the Yorke Peninsula. Below are some ideas to consider.

  • Stansbury Markets – weekends from October to May
  • Edithburgh Show and Shine and gala Day October long weekend
  • Kernewek Lowender – Cornish Festival every 2 years in the Copper Triangle
  • Kadina Annual Show
  • Moonta Antiques and Collectibles Fair
  • Port Vincent Gala Day - New Year’s Day
  • Yorke Peninsula Salt Water Classic Wooden Boat Event - Stansbury to Port Vincent


Adelaide to Maitland is approximately 172 km.

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

More Information this site provides excellent information on the region

If you want to visit Maitland please contact the student coordinator who can advise you. Please refer to the People page and look up Site Specific Staff.

Maitland is made up of a grid system very similar to the city of Adelaide, with one main central street with all others feeding off this.

There is a local bakery, a café, and 2 hotels for eating out options. Retail facilities include a supermarket, butcher, hardware, newsagent, clothing boutique, agricultural suppliers, post office, and other retail outlets.

The main office of Yorke Peninsula Council is based in Maitland and is a good resource for a comprehensive list of services available in the town. The town offers services in building, construction and maintenance, health, (medical and dental), education, childcare, aged care, indigenous health.

Student Housing

Accommodation Bathroom

The student accommodation is a refurbished stone home, with a big back garden including bountiful fruit trees. The house has 3 bedrooms, separate lounge, large eat-in kitchen, study area, bathroom, laundry, and toilet. The design is similar to that of the town itself, one central hallway with the main rooms branching off this. The house is fully furnished; all that is required is your linen, personal toiletries, and your food. TV, DVD player, desktop computer with wifi are all supplied.

Maitland Student Accommodation

Accommodation Kitchen

Activities & Sport

There is a large sporting community, including football, netball, hockey, softball, cricket, basketball, table tennis, golf.

There are also many recreational activities such as boating, camping, fishing, walking etc. There is a very talented drama group in Maitland, called the Maitland Music and Arts Club. They perform a well-known musical every year to sell-out crowds over 3 - 4 nights. Several past rural cohort students have been involved with these famous and professional productions.

Other Site Contacts

Organisation Phone Number Email Address
Police, Fire, Ambulance 000
Local police station +61 8 8832 2621
Maitland Hospital +61 8 8832 0100
Maitland Health Centre +61 8 8832 0100
Local Council Office +61 8 8832 0000
Community Library 8832 2805
YP Coaches +61 8 8821 2755
Site Contacts
Find out who to speak to
Rural Clinical School

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


T: +61 8 8313 6280