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Rural clinical placements at the School of Rural Health

Discover the unique experience of a rural clinical year
Gain broader clinical exposure and more hands-on training by undertaking a clinical placement in Orange and experience living and working in a thriving regional community.

A rural clinical placement offers medical students a number of personal and professional developments. For one year, you will have the opportunity to gain insight into rural health in a great learning and teaching environment. 

You can undertake a rural clinical placement in your third or fourth year at the School of Rural Health in Orange.

We offer placements to students in Commonwealth Supported Places, enrolled in the Doctor of Medicine (MD) at the University of Sydney.

As part of your clinical placement, you will be offered centrally located accommodation and student facilities to help you get the most out of your time with us.

Placement options

Medical students can apply to undertake a one-year rural clinical placement in their third or fourth year at our School of Rural Health in Orange. 

You will continue the Doctor of Medicine (MD) at Orange where you will experience a broad range of clinical exposure and patient care. You will have access to tutors and supervisors, mentoring with academic and professional staff, and opportunities to network with the local medical fraternity. 

Some eligible students may be able to complete both the third and fourth year of their degree at the School of Rural Health as part of a two-year placement. 

If you would like more information on our placements or to discuss your options, please email

Medical electives

Dubbo Base Hospital and Orange Health Service take applications for medical electives from Australian medical students. These are clinical elective placements only and do not include formal teaching or summative assessments to fulfill course requirements.

Please get in touch for more information about the elective programs.

Dubbo Base Hospital: email

Orange Health Service: email


Affordable and centrally located accommodation is available for students completing extended rural placements at the School of Rural Health in Orange. Full details regarding accommodation will be provided to students prior to commencing placements at the School of Rural Health.

For all other enquiries regarding School of Rural Health accommodation at Orange, please contact

How to apply

Online information sessions are held early each year with staff from the School of Rural Health.  


If you have any questions about the School of Rural Health application process, please contact

If you have questions about accommodation for medical placements in Orange, please contact  



  • 4 Moran Drive PO Box 1043 Dubbo NSW 2830


  • 1502 Forest Road PO Box 1191 Orange NSW 2800