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Whyalla Site Information

A Typical Semester

The Whyalla program is an integrated program, where all aspects of the program will be covered weekly rather than in block rotations. You will be ‘based’ at a General Practice but will be doing more than GP work each week.  Students will also rotate out to Roxby Downs for 6 weeks.

Clinic room at a Whyalla General Practice

In Whyalla we are lucky to have a range of specialists that you can spend time with including:

    • a resident Obs & Gynae specialist that provides 2 consult days per week, 1 or 2 Theatre sessions per week, a tutorial every Tuesday morning and on call services.
    • 3 Pediatricians who visit from Port Augusta. These visits happen 3 days a week.
    • Anaesthetist who takes students for week blocks in the first semester and some extra days in the second semester.

Student Room

  • Physicians that service the hospital and provide tutorials to students.
  • A large range of visiting specialists. 
  • We also have a range of surgeons, however, the Year 4 surgical students have first priority for those.

Whyalla Visiting Specialists

If may not always be possible to sit with all of these specialists as some visit infrequently and it is at the specialist's discretion whether they opt to have students present.

Cardiologist Thoracic Specialist Psychologist
Paediatric Psychatrist Psychiatrist Haemaologist
Bariatric Specialist Radiation Oncologist Clinical Geneticist
Endocrinologist Rheumatologist Oncologist
Pain Management Paediatric Gastroenterologist Vascular Surgeon
Vascular Surgeon Nephrologist Paediatric Endocrinologist
Paediatric Neurologist Bariatric Specialist

Additional Tutorials

In addition to the tutorials you will receive online and via VC there are some locally based tutorials including:

Video Conference room in Whyalla

  • O&G – once a week by the local O&G specialist
  • HRH – once a week by a local midwife
  • GP – once a week (where possible)
  • Physician – once a week

The Rural Clinical School provides 9 week surgical attachments in Whyalla 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.

Whyalla 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.

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

Other programs that may operate out of Whyalla include:

The University of Adelaide

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

University of South Australia

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

Flinders University

  • Medicine
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Speech Pathology
  • Physiotherapy

Whyalla is located on the western shore of the upper Spencer Gulf, approximately 394 kms northwest of Adelaide by road and 241 kms by air. The population is approximately 22,500 and has an average rainfall of 271 mm per annum.

Whyalla offers an impressive array of educational institutions, including a University of South Australia campus and TAFE, as well as numerous primary and secondary public and private schools.

Whyalla has experienced a ‘building boom' in recent years. New housing developments have re-shaped the city's landscape and boundaries.

The Average monthly temperatures for Whyalla are:

  • Summer - 28&dep;C max, 18&dep;C min
  • Autumn - 24&dep;C max, 14&dep;C min
  • Winter - 18&dep;C max, 8&dep;C min
  • Spring - 23&dep;C max, 13&dep;C min


To drive from Adelaide to Whyalla will take you approximately four and a half hours.


Regional Express airlines fly from Adelaide to Whyalla. The airport is located approximately 6km from the centre of town.
Bookings: Regional Express
Phone: +61 131713


Premier Stateliner provides a regular passenger and freight service to and from Whyalla. Bookings and timetables are available on their website or at any Premier Stateliner Office.

Phone: + 61 8 8415 5555


Des’s Cabs
Phone: +61 131008

More Information

For additional information please view the Whyalla Visitor Information websites Whyalla Visitor Guide and

If you want to visit Whyalla 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.

If we have room available you may also be able to stay in the student accommodation when you visit.

Student Housing

Whyalla Accommodation Building

Accommodation is provided in the University of South Australia student village. A typical unit has 7 bedrooms and a common room (bedroom set up as a common room, with a computer and printer etc. in the room), 4 bathrooms and 4 toilets, a shared kitchen and laundry and living area. The unit is set up with the shared areas in the middle and then 4 corridors with 2 bedrooms and a bathroom/toilet in each corridor.

Each room has a double bed, built in wardrobes, bookcase, desk, TV with in-built DVD and a bar fridge.

The village contains 11 units, a BBQ area, basketball court, beach volleyball area and a stand-alone laundry which contains pay per use washing machines and dryers.

Accommodation BBQ area

Most of the units are booked out on a regular basis by students who are living there to study at the Whyalla University of South Australia campus, however some units are also used for short term placements.

Activities & Sport

Accommodation Sports Area

There are many options in terms of activities and sport if you are keen to get involved. Like all rural towns, sport is very popular and is a great way to meet lots of people and become involved in the community.

Sporting options include: Football, netball, basketball, soccor, hockey, cricket, tennis, table tennis, touch footy, mixed netball, volleyball, running, motorcross, shooting, swimming, orienteering, sailing, surf lifesaving, darts, 8 ball/snooker, squash, lawn bowls, golf, go karting and probably more that we are not aware of.

Netball and footy would be the two biggest sports played in Whyalla and there is always room for new people to town to join one of the clubs.

There are plenty of walking trails around town as well.

Fishing is good in Whyalla, especially if you can make friends with someone with a boat. If not though there is plenty of land based fishing around the place.

Community Groups

There are heaps of community groups from sporting clubs to garden clubs, RSPCA and the Young Trades and Professional (YTAP) group 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