The University of Newcastle
Department of Rural Health
Department of Rural Health

Medical Radiation Science


The Medical Radiation Science (MRS) program at the University of Newcastle has a long history of providing students with the opportunity to do rural clinical placements. Many of the sites located within the Department of Rural Health region have supported Newcastle's students for decades and lots of Newcastle graduates are employed in hospitals and private practices in the region. The UoNDRH values the bonds with the clinical supervisors in the region and the support they provide to the students to make their placements productive and enjoyable.

MRS students on placementPlacement Options

There are two options for MRS students to consider:

Option 1: Full-Year or Semester-Long Attachment

Students who are in the final year may opt to undertake their full-time studies with the UONDRH in either Tamworth or Taree. Students who choose this option will study the same academic material as students based on the Callaghan campus. Lectures and tutorials are delivered either by the MRS staff based locally or via video conference from the main campus.

Students on full-year or semester-long attachments will undertake additional clinical experience of one day per week at either the local public hospital or private practices. This is timetabled as part of the academic program and is in lieu of MRS laboratory sessions on the main campus.

Clinical blocks for the Tamworth or Taree-based students follow the same pattern as for all other Year 3 students and they are encouraged to do their placements in the region to maximise their rural clinical experience. They are given priority over the Newcastle-based students for sites in the UoNDRH region. However, it is also possible for students to access metropolitan placements if they need to.

Option 2: Rural Clinical Placement

Students can, of course, do rural clinical placements in the UONDRH region. There is a variety of medical imaging facilities in the region suitable for students at various stages. Tamworth also has a radiation oncology unit on the hospital campus.

Program Contacts

A/Prof Tony Smith
Deputy Director - UDRH Program
Phone: + 61 2 4055 1900

Ms Emma Cooper
Phone: +61 2 6755 3578

Port Macquarie
Mrs Jamie Marjoribanks
Phone: +61 2 5524 1546

Coffs Harbour
Mr Matt Vignes
Phone: +61 2 4055 1967