Experience in rural and Indigenous health is integrated through collaboration with UWA's Rural Clinical School and Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health.

Rural health

Teaching and learning within The Rural Clinical School of Western Australia is based on integrated practice.

Whilst urban medical school teaching is based on specialist-rotations, in the rural setting it is not practical to restrict teaching to patients of a single discipline. Instead, to capture all learning opportunities, teaching is directed by each patient who walks through the door. Exposing you to this diverse case mix is called Integrated Teaching and Learning. It is an excellent way to acquire clinical skills in history-taking, clinical reasoning and diagnosis.

During the year, through the context of primary care, you will be exposed to key discipline areas including, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Psychiatry and Ophthalmology. The integrated teaching and learning that forms the basis of Primary Care means that the proportion of your time spent in each area will differ considerably from urban practice. Figure two shows the different discipline exposure in health care settings.

Indigenous health

The Aboriginal Health curriculum developed by the Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health (CAMDH) is taught and assessed in an integrated fashion both vertically and horizontally across the Doctor of Medicine (MD) program.

Diagram showing that the Aboriginal health curriculum is taught throughout both standalone units and lectures and seminars across the Faculty

The current curriculum consists of lectures, seminars and tutorials which facilitate small group and large group learning as well as an assessment process including assignments and integration into written and clinical examinations.

The curriculum content continues to be aligned to MD outcomes and the Committee of Deans of Australian Medical Schools (CDAMS) framework and is underpinned by a holistic approach to health, informed by the following:

Diagram illustrating how social determinants and clinical aspects of health and care are taken into account, and the curriculum is integrated horizontally and vertically