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Port Pirie Site Information

A Typical Semester

Port Pirie Regional Health Service

A semester in Port Pirie may be as follows: Obstetrics and Gynaecology rotation for 8/9 weeks, 12/13 weeks with Central Clinic and Terrace Clinic General Practice Clinics, which will include visiting specialists, anaesthetists and study sessions. Tutorials that are scheduled by the University are usually 1-2 times a week plus students have tutorials with a local General Practitioner.

Example: Weekly roster for GP rotation
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Wkend
AM Anaes GP Clinic GP Clinic Visiting Specialist GP Clinic A & E rotations. May be on call.
PM Anaes VC, Tutes (Paeds, Geriatrics, SMTS etc.) GP Clinic On call A&E 5pm-10.30pm (students self roster these sessions) Tute with local GP Study A & E rotations. May be on call.

Example: Weekly roster for O & G rotation
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Wkend
AM O & G Clinic O & G Theatre O & G Clinic Study Dom Midwife Home Visits May be on call for deliveries
PM O & G Clinic VC, Tutes O & G Clinic Tute with local GP Study May be on call for deliveries

Pt Pirie Visiting Specialists

In Port Pirie we have various specialists that visit on a regular basis. This may be weekly, monthly, bimonthly or biannually. Specialists include: Orthopaedic surgeon, ENT surgeon, Cardiologist, Urologist, Plastic surgeon, Ophthalmologist, Nephrologist, Child Psychiatrist, Oncologist, Respiratory Physician, Vascular Surgeon, Geriatrician, Neurologist, Dermatologist and Rheumatologist.

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Other Relevant Info

Students may also be rostered with the Aboriginal Health team for GP visits or school visits Child & Family Health Services,Mid North Education Centre, or with various other allied health professionals.

Other programs that may operate out of Pt Pirie include:

The University of Adelaide

  • Medicine (Year 6 Placements)
  • Nursing

University of South Australia

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

Flinders University

  • Medicine (Surgical)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Speech Pathology

Port Pirie is located only 2.5 hour’s drive from Adelaide on Highway One, and is the sixth most populous city in South Australia with a growing population of 14,500.  It is a seaport on the east coast of the Spencer Gulf, 223 km north of Adelaide and is the gateway to the Southern Flinders Ranges.

Port Pirie has an average 345.2mm of rain per annum. The average monthly temperatures for Port Pirie are:

  • Summer - 32.0°C
  • Winter - 16.4°C

The City boasts a major regional health facility and a GP Plus Health Care Centre, offering a variety of services. Port Pirie also offers a selection of high quality education facilities: 4 child care services, 4 Kindergartens, 4 primary schools, 1 secondary school, 2 private schools and 1 TAFE college facility.

Port Pirie has a thriving retail sector which has seen the redevelopment of the Centro Plaza complex (Coles, Kmart and variety stores) and the Woolworths complex, with the Council actively seeking to attract other major retail stores to the region.

Add to this the many leisure activities you may choose to pursue, including fishing, golf, relaxing on the redeveloped foreshore or in one of the many parks and gardens in the City.

Interested in sports? Port Pirie has it all. From the hosting of the international NyrStar Pt Pirie Tennis Classic to the provision of most weekly sports. You can also indulge in the many cultural offerings available, including the Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery, visit the National Trust Museum, or see one of the many performances at the Keith Michell Theatre or indulge in one of the many fine dining establishments. Alternatively you may choose to visit one of the nearby wineries or explore the spectacular Southern Flinders Ranges.

Port Pirie Events

  • Producers Market – Second Sunday of every month
  • Laura Folk Fair – April
  • Pt Pirie Senior Motocross - April
  • North Western Agricultural Show (Crystal Brook) – August
  • Blessing of the Fleet – Second Sunday in September
  • Port Pirie Art Prize – August/September
  • Port Pirie Festival of Country Music - October
  • Smelters Picnic – September/October
  • Baroota Rodeo – October
  • NyrStar Port Pirie Tennis Classic (International Event) - October
  • Christmas Pageant – December
  • Candlelight Carols – December
  • Royal Pt Pirie Yacht Club Seagrim’s Tripolis Yacht Race - December
  • Various Markets & Fetes


Pirie has public transport around the city e.g. Taxis and buses. There is also a Premier Stateliner bus terminal, which travels to Pt Pirie and Adelaide, and various other regional centres.

More Information


If you want to visit Pt Pirie the student coordinator would be more than happy to take you for a tour of the town, hospital, clinics, student accommodation, the learning centre and possibly introduce you to some staff members and students. Please refer to the People page and look up Site Specific Staff.

Student Housing

Student accommodation is located on the grounds of the Port Pirie Hospital and consists of 2 fully furnished 5 bedroom-houses. Each house has a laundry, 2 bathrooms/toilets, TV, telephone, fully equipped kitchen, desktop computer with internet access, printer and Wi-Fi access for student’s laptops. Students are required to provide own linen.

Student Accommodation

Accommodation Entrance

Activities & Sport

Activities in town include: Football, Soccer, Cricket, Softball, Netball, Baseball, Volleyball, Gymnastics, Karate, Golf, Lawn Bowls, Rowing, Tenpin Bowling, Darts, Tennis, Hockey, paintball, twilight netball and probably loads more that we are not aware of. Football and Netball would have to be the two main big sports that the community likes to get involved in. Port Pirie has 3 football clubs: Lions, Solomontown and Ports. We have also got 7 netball clubs: Port, Blue Wrens, Solomontown, Central/Risdon, Fusions, Chequers and Saint Marks Celtic.

Community Groups

There are many community groups in the town including gardening clubs, Lions Club, Rotary Club, RSL, YCS, and the Apex Club.

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