Rural Clinical School

RCS Mersey

Mersey Community Hospital

Rural Clinical School – Mersey Centre of Excellence

Since 2006 students have trained at the Mersey Community Hospital (MCH). The Rural Clinical School (RCS) at Mersey is located within the MCH on the second floor and is staffed by Ms Karen Lowe and Mrs Anne-Maree Temple.

The MCH provides support for medical and nursing undergraduate clinical training, enrolled nurse training, postgraduate clinical training and access to continuing professional education and support.

The RCS facilities at the MCH underwent a $1.5 million re-development completed at the end of August 2011 to create the Mersey Centre of Excellence. Funding for the re-development was secured by the successful application for a Rural Education Infrastructure Development (REID) grant which was developed by the North West Area Health Service, Tasmanian Polytechnic and the RCS. The grant was part of an Australia-wide program to provide capital works and infrastructure to improve health training opportunities and to assist in the recruitment and retention of clinical staff in regional and rural areas.

The Centre serves the teaching and learning needs of medical students, junior doctors, postgraduate students and a wide range of health professionals and students in the region.



The Centre features:

  • Learning hubs and breakout spaces (designated study areas)
  • Simulated Learning Environment (SLE)
  • Multi-use split room teaching spaces
  • Two staff offices
  • Library
  • Visiting research staff office
  • RCS Staff and Clinician's lounge
  • Students' lounge
  • Reception area
  • Toilet and shower facilities and store room