Mayne Academy of Rural and Remote Medicine

Rural and Remote Medicine:  Mayne Academy of Rural and Remote Medicine and Rural and Remote Medicine Clinical Unit

The Mayne Academy of Rural and Remote Medicine is headed by Professor Bruce Chater. The Discipline oversees the Rural & Remote Medicine placement, which provides a unique opportunity for medical students to understand and experience the rewards, benefits and challenges of clinical practice amongst population groups and/or in communities that face access and equity challenges associated with health service delivery. 

In 2024, all students are required to undertake MEDI7315 Rural and Remote Medicine (RRM), unless thay have been granted an RRM Exemption via the Special Consideration Process.

RRM application for Priority Placement Guidelines and Form 2025 can be accessed here.

Students have an opportunity to submit an application for Priority Placement prior to preferencing placement sites. 

  • Compelling reasons only will be considered e.g., students with a rural background or connection (i.e. completed TREES Observership) and wish to complete a placement at a specific rural site.

RRM Student Handbook 2024 can be accessed here.

RRM Preceptor Handbook 2024 can be accessed here.

EPP Teaching Clinician Information Booklet 2024 can be accessed here.

Safe Rural Travel Guidelines can be accessed here.


Mayne Academy Coordinator

Students can undertake placements in rural and remote areas within Queensland, throughout Australia and internationally.

View profiles for possible domestic 2024 placementsPlease note that not all sites are available each placement.

Rural & Remote Medicine sits within the Year 3 Comprehensive Clinical Practice (CCP) semester and in 2024 also the Year 4 Primary Care Plus (PCP) semester. It is preceded by an Introductory Week program hosted by a rural site. Students undertake a supervised six week placement at a rural or remote placement site in hospital, general practice and/or community-based settings. 

In 2024 both international and domestic students will be undertaking a rural placement.Your placement will be organised for you following preferencing, and you will be allocated to a rural preceptor. Your accommodation for the RRM placement will be paid for by the Faculty.

Please be aware that whilst every effort will be made to avoid placement changes, this may be necessary due to circumstances out of our control.  In these circumstances, the coordinator will contact you to discuss alternative placement options.

Recognising our Academic Title Holders

UQ Medicine is proud to acknowledge that our provision of high quality medical education and research would not be possible without the work of our hospital and clinic-based health professionals. Within our discipline, clinical training and research is supported by health professionals who hold an Academic Title with UQ.

Find out more about Academic Titles at UQ

Research in rural and remote medicine is undertaken in our Rural Clinical School Research Centre, which conducts research relevant to the needs of rural areas from individuals through to entire populations.

Mayne Academy Course Coordinator
Dr John Ridler
Tel: 0409 895 575 

Head of Mayne Academy – Rural & Remote Medicine
Professor Bruce Chater
Tel: 0419 674164 

Rural & Remote Medicine Administration Team

Team Lead Rural & Remote Medicine: Ann-Maree Lucht
Tel: 07 4633 9714 Email:

Student Coordinator (Placement & Accommodation): Jo Wakefield
Tel: 07 4633 9708 Email:

Course Support Officer (Assessment Coordinator): Katherine Munyard
Tel: 07 4633 9705 Email:

Medicine in Society - Rural exemption Students Only
Course Administrator: Kim Wicks

Academic coordinator:  Dr Michaela Kelly