Clinical schools

Joint Medical Program - JMP students receive a combination of training in metropolitan teaching hospitals and clinical schools. Of the six clinical schools that teach JMP students, five are managed by the School of Medicine and Public Health. They are located in the Hunter, Maitland and Central Coast regions as well as Tamworth, and Taree. Our JMP partner, the University of New England manages the Tablelands Clinical School located in Armidale. These established networks and relationships provide the JMP with clinical richness and breadth in rural health that is unrivalled in NSW.

The Central Coast Clinical School provides students with the unique opportunity to gain clinical experience at Gosford and Wyong Hospitals. The Clinical School coordinates both teaching and research activities and is a collaboration between The University of Newcastle and Central Coast Local Health District. The School provides clinical placements to Year 3, Year 4 and 5 students.


Staff have been successful in attracting a number of grants from $10,000 to $100,000 from the Central Coast Health Research Committee. One of the major projects of the Clinical School has remained the activity of the Central Coast Vascular Health (3CVH) which aims at describing the health and welfare of residents of retirement villages and collecting information about vascular health risk factors.

About the hospitals

Gosford Hospital

Gosford Hospital is a major level 6 principal referral hospital of 495 beds. It is an affiliated Teaching Hospital of the University of Newcastle and offers the following sub-specialty: acute medical, acute surgical, critical care, women children and family health and mental health. The hospital has a gym, tennis courts, library, childcare centre, parking and staff accommodation.

Wyong Hospital

Wyong Hospital is a busy regional hospital of approximately 300 beds and is a teaching hospital of the University of Newcastle. Wyong is one of the fastest growing areas of NSW and is 30 km north of Gosford.  It has a mixture of Emergency, General Medicine, Low Risk Maternity, Aged Care and Rehabilitation Medicine, General Surgery, Mental Health and a High dependency unit. The rapid expansion of the area is stretching the health service and, consequently, Wyong is a very busy hospital.

The Hunter Clinical School is the largest of the six clinical schools of the Joint Medical Program (JMP). It incorporates John Hunter Hospital/Royal Newcastle Centre, John Hunter Children's Hospital, Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital and Belmont District Hospital.. Learning is further enhanced with simulated clinical environments in the Chameleon Clinical Skills Lab. Training in primary care is provided in collaboration with Divisions of General Practice and General Practice Training organisations.

The Hunter Clinical School provides two thirds of the clinical placements for the JMP in Years 4 and 5, as well as clinical learning sessions for students in the first three years of the medical program.

John Hunter Hospital

The John Hunter Hospital is the principal referral centre and a community hospital for Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Northern New South Wales. It is the main teaching hospital of the University of Newcastle. The hospital contains the only trauma centre in New South Wales outside of the Sydney Metropolitan Area, and has the busiest emergency department in the state. John Hunter is the region's largest hospital with 550 adult beds and another 101 paediatric beds in the John Hunter Children's Hospital. The Royal Newcastle Centre opened next to the John Hunter Hospital in April 2006, providing another 144 beds. Patients from the Hunter Region and beyond are referred to John Hunter for treatment in a range of specialities, including Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Orthopaedics (elective and trauma), Cardiology and Cardiac surgery, Emergency Medicine, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Neonatal Intensive Care, Nephrology, Neurology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Oral and Maxillofacial surgery, Respiratory Medicine, and Trauma.

Calvary Mater Hospital

Calvary Mater Newcastle is a 187 bed facility and is the Hunter region's major centre for oncology (cancer) services, haematology, clinical toxicology and research. These services are supported by the intensive care unit, oncology treatment, surgery, general medicine and palliative care. While the hospital provides emergency, general medical and surgical care, it also specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of blood diseases, breast cancer and melanoma. The hospital is also home to the Newcastle Melanoma Unit and Hunter BreastScreen, and has a stroke unit which provides a seamless care approach to stroke treatment and assessment for people of the Hunter.

Belmont Hospital

Belmont Hospital provides a range inpatient and outpatient health care services to the population of Lake Macquarie. These services include general medicine, general surgery, day surgery, coronary care, gynaecology and a 24-hour emergency department. A range of allied health and diagnostic services are also provided including physiotherapy, social work, dietetics, speech pathology, occupational therapy, pathology and radiology.

MEC - Manning Clinical schoolThe Manning Clinical School is located in Taree on the Mid North Coast of NSW, close to beaches, mountains, and rivers. Students receive excellent teaching from a range of enthusiastic clinicians at Manning Hospital. Low student to staff and student to patient ratios mean that students get personal attention and great opportunities for learning. A new, purpose-built education centre close to the hospital provides state of the art facilities, excellent simulation labs, video conferenced tutorial rooms, lecture theatre, free wifi access, and student lounge area.  Students stay in 2 bedroom apartments within walking distance of the hospital and education centre.

Students can complete year-long placements at Taree in either fourth or fifth year. They can, along with colleagues from the rural clinical schools at Tamworth and Armidale, participate in Trauma Week, Wilderness Week, and Ultrasound Workshop (fifth year.), and WACH camp (fourth year). These intensive specialty weeks offer great learning opportunities. As well, students at Taree have opportunity to participate in community projects, and research, and Taree itself offers a range of sporting, cultural, and leisure activities for students to become involved in.

Tamworth Education CentrePeel Clinical School takes great pride in the support provided to students by a diverse and energetic, academic and clinical network. The School is well furnished with state-of-the-art simulation labs with experienced staff to teach you new clinical skills. Students learn from front line clinicians in medicine, surgery, child and women's health, critical care and anaesthetics, oncology, psychiatry, palliative care and general practice and participate in inter-professional learning activities.  We aim to provide high quality clinical training but also an enjoyable life experience, and to expose our students to the career and lifestyle opportunities available outside of the metropolitan areas. 

The Tamworth Education Centre (TEC) provides 'state-of-the-art' facilities for teaching and learning, including high fidelity simulation and excellent student accommodation facilities adjacent to the education centre and hospital.  

There are a variety of recreation activities in Tamworth, and students can also engage in our community projects.  These aim to provide first hand exposure to community issues, while providing health education and services to our local community, and aspiration to disadvantaged communities.

The Tablelands Clinical School is located in Armidale, NSW. It offers a professional environment with teaching clinics and simulation labs for healthcare students to obtain broader experience in diagnosis, treatment and prevention of illness. The facility offers a greater range of clinical experiences by allowing students to be exposed to health problems seen by GPs and those referred to the hospital.

The Maitland Clinical School is the sixth and latest clinical School within the Joint Medical Program. Previously a part of the Hunter Clinical School, the Maitland Clinical School was established in January 2015. The School comprises the Maitland Rural Referral Hospital, and five district hospitals: Kurri, Cessnock, Muswellbrook, Singleton and the Scott Memorial Hospital at Scone. All five district hospitals have emergency departments and offer a range of general services in medicine and surgery plus some specialist surgical services. Singleton and Muswellbrook have renal dialysis capacity. There is also the Dungog Community Hospital.

Maitland Rural Referral Hospital

The Maitland Rural Referral Hospital is a 180-bed facility that also has an inpatient psychiatry unit. The hospital is one of the region's busiest. There are approximately 15,100 patients admitted to the general wards each year and 800 admitted to the Mental Health Unit separations. There are also 44,000 presentations by patients to the Emergency Department in a year. The hospital has an active Hospital in the Home program, a Community Palliative Care service and outpatient facilities for medicine, surgery, orthopaedics, paediatrics and antenatal care. There is a renal dialysis facility, and a General Practice Access clinic is also operated on the hospital campus.

The Maitland Clinical School caters for students in years four and five currently, but can also accommodate students in more junior years doing HES studies, professional skills and other elective units. Fourth year students are in the disciplines of surgery, paediatrics and obstetrics, and gynaecology. Final year students are in general medicine, emergency medicine, orthopaedics, anaesthetics, mental health and a special studies option in palliative care.  Surgery students may have the opportunity to attend procedures at the other district hospitals covered by the clinical school, and students in Women's and Child Health (WACH) participate in a variety of community-based activities. Apart from these exceptions, all clinical teaching is conducted at the Maitland Hospital.

There are current plans to build a new Teaching Hospital at Metford. When this is completed, this clinical school will relocate to the new campus.