Our aspiration is to enable all our medical students to reach their full potential.

Our students are part of a community of collegiate support. Student support and guidance is embedded as core business throughout the medical program. Excellence in student support is central to our culture and curriculum.

It is recognised that targeted, high impact and quality support is a critical factor underpinning student success and satisfaction.

For medical students at UQ to reach their full potential, the Medicine Program acknowledges the importance of supporting students throughout their studies. This support facilitates students to achieve their best, enjoy their medical program experience, and compliments their academic journey to becoming a medical practitioner.

The Medical Student Aspirations and Support Strategy 2021-2023 is the governing document for medical student support, and reflects the medical student support vision, mission and guiding conceptual frameworks.


In addition to the services and resources available to all students at UQ through Student Life, the Medical School Student Support Team provides dedicated support to Medical School students for all wellbeing needs and refers to other services as required. The Medical School Student Support Team can assist students with their:

  • Pastoral needs (e.g. individualised advice and referral to other services for accommodation and financial advice)
  • Generic academic and learning needs (e.g. mentoring, time management and skills development)
  • Physical and mental health needs
  • International needs (e.g. adjusting to life in Australia)

The Medical School Student Support Team also assists students with disabilities and other needs and connects students with the services and resources available through Student Life, including the Disability, Diversity and Inclusion team who assist with the provision of Student Access Plans, the UQ Learning Advisers who assist students to build key skills to support their learning, and the UQ Crisis and Counselling team.

The Medical School Student Support Team plays no role in the provision of academic advice or academic progression decision making and safeguards student confidentiality.

Valeska WoodValeska Wood
Principal Student Adviser
Year 1-4


Francesca ReddingtonFrancesca Reddington
Principal Student Adviser
Year 1-4


Jacinta Sinclair
Acting Service Improvement Manager Medical School Student Support


I'm in Year 1: Book an appointment

I'm in Year 2-4: Book an appointment

MD Mentoring Program


E: med.mss@uq.edu.au
T: (07) 3365 1704
After hours crisis support: 1300 851 998 (If you are calling from overseas please follow these instructions).
All appointments are confidential.

A 'stepped-care approach' is taken to the provision of academic guidance in the Doctor of Medicine (MD) program. Course Coordinators are your first point of contact if you have queries regarding course content, learning activities and assessment, including questions about results and feedback. 

In addition to your Course Coordinators and other educators, the Medical School provides access to specialised academic advice. Where appropriate, you may be referred to other staff or you will be supported to develop a learning plan to aid your studies. The specialised academic advice may also include the provision of guidance to educators and support teams to ensure a stepped-care approach is taken that maximises the support you receive.

Throughout your studies, you are encouraged to contact the below dedicated staff/teams for specialised academic support.

Year of program
Home Clinical School
1 – 2
UQ-Ochsner students
^ preparation for USMLE and transition to Year 3 only
3 – 4
Rural Clinical School
3 – 4
Greater Brisbane Clinical School
3 – 4
Ochsner Clinical School

Ochsner Clinical School students

Academic Guidance Lead (UQ-Ochsner)

The Academic Guidance Lead (UQ-Ochsner) provides specialised and dedicated support to Year 1 and 2 UQ-Ochsner students in relation to preparation for USMLE Step 1 and 2, transition into the third year of the UQ-Ochsner MD program, and other UQ-Ochsner specific considerations relevant to this cohort.

The Academic Guidance Lead (UQ-Ochsner) is available by appointment only.

Dr Peter Rizzo
Academic Guidance Lead (UQ-Ochsner)
E: p.rizzo@uq.edu.au

View the UQ-Ochsner MD program student support page for more information about the support available for UQ-Ochsner students.

The Personal Advisor Network (PAN) is an integral part of the Medical Student Aspirations and Support Strategy 2021-2023 and provides targeted and individualised support for medical students to help foster a spirit of community and connectedness. Each student entering the Medicine Program is invited to join the PAN and be assigned a personal advisor, who plays a valuable role in guiding and shaping the experience of medical students.

The Personal Advisor Rural Network (PARN) is a subset of the PAN. The PARN has been established with the specific purpose of encouraging students with a rural perspective and supporting rural origin students or those interested in pursuing a medical career in rural and remote communities.

Testimonials from students

I really enjoyed being part of the PAN this year and feel that it was an extremely valuable experience. I would highly recommend it to other MD students.
- Year 1 MD student, 2021

It has been excellent to meet an early-career doctor and gain their insights on medical school, training and balancing work/study/personal commitments/hobbies etc. My personal advisor did an excellent job at checking in on how I was coping (both academically and outside of medicine), and how my mental health and involvement in non-med activities was going. I've been really lucky to have my personal advisor’s insights this year and look forward to keeping in touch in years to come! 
- Year 1 MD student, 2021

The Inclusive Medical Education: Guidance on medical program applicants and students with a disability guidance document has been developed by Medical Deans for use in professional entry level medical training with the aim of providing the greatest access for students with a disability while ensuring safe clinical training.

The document specifies the requirements of pre-registration medical training rather than medical practice and sets out what a medical student is expected to demonstrate and how a student will be assessed at entry and during the medical course.

The Faculty of Medicine is a strong supporter of these guidelines, therefore it is a requirement that all students acknowledge that they have read and understood the guidelines on commencing the MD program.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your ability to meet the guidelines, please contact the Academic Guidance Lead (Year 1 and 2).  Email address: med.academicguidance@uq.edu.au

When to complete this task

It is highly recommended that you read and understand the guidelines as soon as possible after accepting your offer into the MD program to ensure that you have enough time to obtain advice if needed. It is important that you have read and understand the guidelines as soon as possible and prior to the commencement of semester one, year one. 

Step by step instructions to complete this task

  1. Read and understand Inclusive Medical Education: Guidance on medical program applicants and students with a disability.  

If you require guidance please contact the Academic Guidance Lead (Year 1 and 2). 
Email address: med.academicguidance@uq.edu.au