The University of Queensland Rural Clinical School (UQRCS) is headed by Dr Riitta Partanen.
UQRCS is funded through the Australian Government's Rural Clinical Training Support (RCTS) Program to address health workforce shortages in rural and regional Queensland. To achieve this mandate, UQRCS aims to lead and direct the rural health agenda through the highest quality education, training, research and community service.
UQRCS is a Clinical School for regional Queensland and program activity is focused on four academic sites:
- Bundaberg in the Wide Bay-Burnett Region;
- Hervey Bay in the Wide Bay-Burnett Region;
- Rockhampton in Central Queensland; and
- Toowoomba in Darling Downs, South-West Queensland.
While UQRCS has established significant infrastructure at each of these academic sites - people, facilities and services - our scope is broad, extending throughout the regions where we are based.
Now in its second decade of operation, UQRCS is able to demonstrate a positive impact on the medical workforce in the regions in which we work, and elsewhere. Studies demonstrate that a student who has experienced the Rural Advantage with UQRCS is 2.5 times more likely to work in a rural area when compared with other UQ medical graduates.