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. 

Rural & Remote Medicine students undertake either:

  • MEDI7315 Rural and Remote Medicine (RRM) for domestic students; or
  • MEDI7321 Medicine in Society (MiS) for international students.

By default, domestic students will undertake the Rural and Remote Medicine course, while international students will enrol in the Medicine in Society course.

RRM Special Consideration Guidelines and Application Form can be accessed here.

RRM Student Handbook 2023 can be accessed here.

RRM Preceptor Handbook 2023 can be accessed here.

EPP Teaching Clinician Information Booklet 2023 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 2023 placementsPlease note that not all sites are available each placement.

Rural & Remote Medicine sits within the Year 3 Comprehensive Clinical Practice semester and 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. 

If you a domestic student 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: Yvette Baker
Tel: 07 4633 9705 Email:

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

Course Support Officer (Assessment Coordinator): Tarin Stewart
Tel: 07 4633 9714 Email:

Medicine in Society - International Students Only
Course Administrator: Kim Wicks

Academic coordinator:  Dr Michaela Kelly