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Port Lincoln Site Information

A Typical Semester

A semester in the rural 5th year medical program in Port Lincoln is made up of the following rotations: GP Clinic A x 3 weeks, GP Clinic B x 3 weeks, GP Clinic C x 3 weeks, O&G (hospital based) x 2 weeks, Anaesthetics (hospital based) x 2 weeks, PL Aboriginal Health Service x 1 week, GP Clinic A/B/C x 1 week plus visiting specialist sessions, minimum of 3 shifts in Accident and; Emergency per month and other sessions.

The Investigator Clinic

Tutorials that are scheduled by the university are usually held two times per week.  In addition, students have tutorials with local GPs twice a week.

All students spend 6 weeks at Ceduna Hospital, with the opportunity to travel inland to remote communities with GPs.  All university and local tutorials are video conferenced to Ceduna and there is a local Student Support Coordinator on site in Ceduna.   

Example: Weekly roster in Port Lincoln
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Wkend
AM GP Clinic Study GP Clinic GP Clinic GP Clinic O&G & Anaes rotations are on call
PM Tute VC Tutes (Peads, Geriatrics, SMTS etc.) GP Clinic
On call A&E 5pm-10.30pm (students self roster these sessions)
Paeds Tute - O&G & Anaes rotations are on call

*If you were on an anaesthetics or O&G rotation you would substitute the GP Clinic sessions and be on call 24/7 for your entire anaesthetics and O&G rotation (2 weeks).

Port Lincoln Visiting Specialists

There are a number of visiting specialists that visit on a monthly basis. Port Lincoln is serviced by the following specialists: Gynaecologist, ENT, Cardiologist, Endocrinologist, Urologist, Vascular surgeon, Ophthalmologist, Orthopedics and Geriatrician.

Other Learning Opportunities

Other sessions that enhance student learning consist of visits to the PL Special School (all day visit working with children in their classrooms), PL Aboriginal Health (consulting with a GP) and IMVS (week of blood taking in the mornings).

Ceduna Visiting Specialists

In Ceduna there two medical students on placement at any given time which enhances the access to visiting specialists . Students have access to the following: Cardiologist, Paediatrician, Orthopedics, ENT, Nephrologist, Precision Ultrasound, Physician, General surgery, Geriatrics, Gynaecology, Physiotherapy, Psychiatry, Psychology, Podiatry, Dietician, Speech Pathology, Orthotics and Occupational Therapy.

Additional Tutorials

Port Lincoln & Ceduna do not have resident Peadiatricians however there is a GP who lectures in Paedatrics for the medical students the Port Lincoln site for the entire duration of Semester 1, this is in addition to the university Peades program.

A local GP, delivers tutorials once a week throughout the academic year on various topics such as O&G, general medicine etc.

The Discipline of Rural Health provides 9 week surgical attachments in Port Lincoln for Year 4 MBBS students.During your placement you will be under the guidance of experienced rural surgeons, practitioners and visiting surgeons from the Queen Elizabeth and Royal Adelaide hospitals.

Port Lincoln is equipped with student facilities, including student accommodation, study areas, libraries and up to date IT equipment, including video conferencing facilities.

When allocated to the Year 4 Surgical Home Unit, students are provided with free accommodation, IT & internet access at accommodation, and 1 return trip to Adelaide in addition to your travel to and from your placement.

For more details about this program please go to Surgical Home Unit Program.

Other programs that may operate out of Pt Lincoln include:

The University of Adelaide

  • Medicine (Year 6 Placements)
  • Nursing
  • Dentistry
  • Oral Health

University of South Australia

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

Flinders University

  • Medicine
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Speech Pathology
  • Physiotherapy
  • Optometry
  • Social Work

Scholarship Programs

  • John Flynn Medical Student Program - for Australian Nationals
  • Adelaide to Outback (AOGP) medical and nursing undergraduate program - for Australian Nationals

International Exchange Students

For more details please go to Rural Programs

Port Lincoln’s city population is approximately 14,000 and there are various district council regions throughout the Eyre Peninsula. Farming and aquaculture are the main industries in the area. Port Lincoln is surrounded by beaches and national parks with Coffin Bay, Tumby Bay and other beautiful locations only a short drive away.

A plane flight to Adelaide takes around 50 minutes with numerous flights daily serviced by Qantas and REX Airlines. It is approximately an eight hour drive from Adelaide to Port Lincoln. A Sealink ferry operates between Wallaroo and Cowell.

Port Lincoln Hospital

Visiting Port Lincoln

For additional information check out the Port Lincoln Visitor Information Centre website and

If students are interested in visiting Port Lincoln prior to their placement the Student Support Coordinator is able to schedule an orientation of the town, hospital, clinics, student accommodation, the learning centre and introduce students to staff members and current students.

Please refer to the People page and look up Site Specific Staff.

Student Housing

New West Rd Accommodation

There are four student houses in Port Lincoln. Two units are located directly behind the hospital that accommodate three people per unit, a four bedroom house and a large five bedroom house. In Ceduna there is a three bedroom house for medical students. All student accommodation in Port Lincoln is utilised by medical, nursing, optometry and allied health students. The houses are self-contained and each student is allocated their own bedroom. There is a view of the ocean from each house.

Harbour View Apartment

Kitchen - New West Rd

Activities & Sport

In terms of activities and sport in Port Lincoln, there are many if students are keen and willing to get involved: sailing, swimming (ocean or pool based), triathlon club, football, netball, hockey, soccer, touch football, indoor mixed netball and basketball, dragon boating, baseball etc.

Netball, football and hockey are really big in Port Lincoln as winter sports. Mixed netball, basketball, cricket and baseball tend to be popular summer sports.

There are walking trails around the town that are regularly used as running tracks. If you make friends with someone that owns a boat there are endless fishing and diving opportunities along the coast.

Like all rural towns sport is HUGE and it is the best way for students to meet lots of people and immerse themselves in the community. Ceduna has its own football and netball team league.

Community Groups

There are many community groups in Port Lincoln ranging from sporting clubs to garden clubs and the Young Trades and Professional (YTAP) group - YTAP invites all students to their events throughout the year.

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