The UNSW discipline of Primary Care (Rural) heads the provision of primary care education within the medicine program, as well as strengthening the rural communities and health services they are based within.
Staff have a wide range of clinical, academic and sociocultural backgrounds and can include medical, nursing, allied health, administrative and research expertise.
Primary care provides a broad scope of medical care by a doctor in the rural context. Our primary care education in the rural environment delivers teaching excellence with a rural focus, and more personal supervision and mentoring that provides students an outstanding clinical education experience.
The unique nature of rural primary care requires a specific curriculum structure, which includes a combination of multi-speciality learning areas specific to Rural Generalist medicine in rural communities such as Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Emergency Medicine, Anaesthesia and Surgery.
The discipline of Primary Care (Rural) supports high quality teaching, clinical practice and local rural health research. It has a critical role in the development of public health policies and preventive activities.
Current areas of research in Primary Care (Rural) include:
UNSW has five major rural teaching campuses across New South Wales in Albury, Coffs Harbour, Griffith, Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga. Clinical and academic teaching and research staff also work across a variety of public and private health sites within these regions.