Rural Clinical School

Director's Welcome

Welcome to the Rural Clinical School (RCS) of the University of Tasmania, based on the North West Coast of Tasmania.

The RCS teaches medical students for the final two years of the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) program and coordinates rural placements across the state for years one to three. The first three years of the MBBS are based in Hobart.

We are located across two campuses, the North-West Regional Hospital (NWRH) in Burnie and the Mersey Community Hospital (MCH) in Latrobe.  Our students work across both sites, in the community and in regional General Practices. Students are also actively involved in local organisations and schools promoting healthy lifestyles and health careers.

The school has developed a strong national reputation for excellence in rural medical education.  The high level commitment and enthusiasm of our academic team and the excellent relationships we have with regional health and community partners provide a rich clinical program for our students.

We are one of 17 federally funded clinical schools around Australia that have been developed to train health professionals in rural and remote Australia.  Students and medical staff are choosing to study and work in rural areas because of these training opportunities.

Communities and schools who would like to know more about our activities, please look at our Community Engagement page, and join us on Facebook for up to date information.

Medical students who are interested in studying with us in their clinical years please have a look at our Student page.

If you would like to know more about our school, please take the time to have a look at this website, or our Facebook page, and if you have any enquiries we can be contacted via

Kind regards

A/Prof Lizzi Shires

Associate Professor Lizzi Shires Director Rural Clinical School