Providing opportunities for medical students to experience life in the country.

As part of their university curriculum, up to 200 medical students from Western Australian universities spend four days in towns across the Wheatbelt to learn about rural life.

The Wheatbelt Medical Student Immersion Program (WMSIP) sees first-year medical students from The University of Notre Dame Australia School of Medicine (Fremantle) and second-year Curtin University Medical School students participate in a four-day placement across eight Wheatbelt towns: Bruce Rock, Cunderdin, Kellerberin, Merredin, Moora, Narrogin, Corrigin, Southern Cross, Westonia and Wongan Hills. 

The Program builds student understanding of a rural patient's life and healthcare experience. During their placement, students visit local health services such as the local general practice and hospital, attend cultural sites and experiences, and attend a farm safety demonstration.

"We acknowledge many of the students will become metropolitan doctors in the future, however this program will give them an understanding of what a country patient experiences when travelling to Perth for treatment. If a student is influenced by the program to consider a rural career, that will be the cherry on top."

Can you host a student for the 2022 Wheatbelt Medical Student Immersion Program?

The Program will next be held Tuesday 20 to Friday 23 September 2022. If you live in or around one of the ten Wheatbelt towns involved and would be interested in hosting a student, please contact us here or click on the image below for further information.

WMSIP Opportunities to Billet

Steering Committee members

  • Rural Health West 
  • The University of Notre Dame Australia
  • Curtin University Faculty of Sciences
  • Wheatbelt East Regional Organisation of Councils (WE-ROC)
  • The Rural Clinical School of WA