Students at the Cairns Clinical School are in the privileged position of having the Esplanade and tropical city of Cairns literally at their doorstep – the Cairns Hospital overlooks the water and mountains and is just a 5-minute walk from the major restaurant and shopping areas.
The Cairns Clinical School provides teaching and support to years four, five and six medical students. Students will also undertake some classes at the Smithfield campus, one of the most picturesque university campuses in Australia.
Cairns Clinical School students will be at the frontline of health in the Cape York, Torres Strait and hinterland districts. This provides the opportunity to study and observe a range of tropical and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health issues not seen elsewhere in the country. Cairns Hospital is the referral centre for Far North Queensland and all major health specialties have units in the hospital, plus a range of outreach specialist services.
The proximity to Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Fiji and the Asia-Pacific has made Cairns a hub of medical research and activity which can be adapted to low resource settings. Students interested in working with underserved populations will have access to academics and clinicians with years of experience working in these areas.