The Rural Clinical School (RCS) was built in February 2006 (Level 2). Building upgrades were completed in 2010 (Level 1 and 2) to service the growing student demand. The RCS is located between the North West Private Hospital (NWPH) and North West Regional Hospital (NWRH) in Burnie.
The impressive facility is the main base for RCS students and staff, including part-time teaching staff involved in the MBBS undergraduate rural clinical program. The RCS is centrally located to service the Cradle Coast region on a hub and spoke model.
Nursing, pharmacy, clinical psychology and allied health undergraduate students, and post-graduate students working in the region all utilise the RCS. It is extensively used by clinicians and health professionals for team meetings and professional development events.
Teaching facilities at the RCS include two large lecture rooms on level 2, which are fitted with a centre folding wall to create two smaller tutorial rooms; a stand alone tutorial room; and a meeting room.
Level 1 boasts two wet area consult rooms, and one "GP Office" consult room; an observation room; a clinical skills wet area; and a Simulated Learning Environment (SLE) high fidelity suite; a small breakout room and two lecture rooms with a centre folding wall.
All lecture rooms are fitted with interactive electronic lecterns, DVD players, videoconferencing equipment, projectors, SmartBoards, document scanners and computers.
Consult rooms are fitted with a video debriefing system and Telehealth VC unit.
The facility is viewed as an important community resource. Prospective staff and students and members of the public are welcome to tour the building by arrangement.
Academics, visiting lecturers and THO-NW staff enjoy teaching spaces that are well resourced and modern.
Health professionals working in support of the RCS program are encouraged to make use of the facility and can obtain a 24-hour access card from reception.
When not in use for RCS purposes our teaching spaces are available for non-UTAS bookings (which have a health or education focus).
For room bookings, please consult:
Students at the RCS enjoy spacious, modern study and social spaces.
Student facilities include: two computer areas; two locker areas; two private study/meeting rooms; kitchen; showers; BBQ area; and social area including flat screen TV, table tennis, sofas, table and chairs.
Additionally, the Student Support available to our students at the RCS is outstanding.
All activities at the RCS are supported and facilitated by our dedicated administrative staff.
Authorised by the Director, Rural Clinical School
24 June, 2014