Our Community Advisory Committee comprises 25 key community members from Sale and Bairnsdale. It helps medical students establish vital community links and networks, facilitates mutually beneficial interaction between students and local school communities and supports the students in fulfilling curriculum requirements and maximising learning opportunities.
Contact Ros Pearce by email or phone +61 3 5143 8500 with any queries about the committee.
Introducing the clinical school
East Gippsland Regional Clinical School is based on two campuses at Sale and Bairnsdale. Each campus offers library and simulation suite services.
Central Gippsland Health Service in Sale is the major provider of health services and residential aged care services in the Wellington Shire, covering virtually the entire municipality except for Yarram and district. The organisation has more than 70 acute beds, close to 180 high and low care residential aged care beds, as well as 15 independent living units. Its acute services include a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week Emergency Department, operating theatres, day procedure unit, oncology and dialysis services.
Bairnsdale Regional Health Service provides healthcare services to more than 40,000 people across the East Gippsland Shire covering an area of 21,000 square kilometres. With 84 inpatient beds it provides acute (including emergency department), sub-acute and aged care services.
The East Gippsland Region
The East Gippsland Regional Clinical School straddles two local government areas: Wellington Shire and East Gippsland Shire. Sale has a population of around 13,300 and Bairnsdale 11,300. Both are located close to beautiful beaches and national parks.
The two-week placements at Bairnsdale and Sale campuses are designed to introduce students to rural communities and rural health practice. Along with clinical skills sessions and visits to rural general practices and hospitals, activities include a farm visit, tutorials from Ambulance Victoria, police and emergency services and a local veterinarian. Year 2 students socialise with Year 3B, 4C and 5D students who are here on rural placements.
Year 3B is based at the Central Gippsland Health Service in Sale. Eight Students spend the whole of Year 3B in Sale -- nine weeks in each discipline rotating over the two semesters. Some problem-based learning sessions (PBLs) take place in outlying rural practices, giving opportunities for some general practice observation and experience.
The Year 4C program is delivered at both the Bairnsdale and Sale campuses with 10 student places at each. The curriculum is identical for students from the Year 4 Central stream and Year C Gippsland Medical School stream. Students are based at local community practices for the academic year. Students are usually placed in general practices in pairs, with the opportunity to rotate into other practices where necessary, to meet the curriculum requirements. This could include sessions in antenatal care in practices offering obstetric services, or rotations to other primary care environments such as Aboriginal Medical Services to complement their learning experience. Students spend up to four days per week rotating through clinical placements (including their supervising practice), with one or two days per week involved in peer learning tutorials, skills sessions and case discussions at the campus.
Final year students complete seven six-week rotations which consist of five core rotations (aged care, emergency medicine, medicine, surgery and speciality), a student elective and a vacation.
Rotations at the Bairnsdale campus are based at Bairnsdale Regional Health Service and available in the core subjects of surgery, emergency medicine and general practice.
Rotations at the Sale campus are based at the Central Gippsland Health Service and available in the core subjects of medicine, surgery and emergency medicine, and one elective in radiology. Aged care rotations are also available located at the Heyfield Hospital.