Tablelands Clinical School

The Tablelands Clinical School (TCS) located in Armidale has modern education and research facilities and a close knit academic team available to support students. The clinical school is collocated with Armidale Rural Referral Hospital and has a long-standing partnership with the Hunter New England Local Health District.

Our health district

The Armidale Rural Referral Hospital offers services in general surgery, orthopaedics, paediatrics, emergency, general medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology, and mental health, alongside a wide range of allied health services. The co-located community health centre offers extensive outpatient services. There are 7 general practices and an Aboriginal Health Service.

Our facilities

The TCS building, co-located with the hospital, has multiple teaching spaces, and well equipped simulation labs. We have state of the art ultrasound machines dedicated for teaching. There is a student study area with kitchenette and library.

Accommodation is provided in 4 bedroom houses, with at least 2 bathrooms, with one house across the road from the TCS.  White goods, internet and privacy in the form of lockable bedrooms comes with all accommodation, and houses are fully equipped with kitchen and lounge room appliances.

There is access to all University of New England student facilities, such as a gym, pool, library, social spaces, and student support services such as counselling and a medical centre.

Location and access

Armidale is a city of 25,000 people located halfway between Sydney and Brisbane, in the northern tablelands. It is connected to Newcastle and Sydney by highway and railway, and connected to Sydney and Brisbane by air.

We are just over 2 hours from the coast, and have magnificent nearby national parks for camping and hiking.

As a university city, we have excellent diverse sporting facilities and strong student employment opportunities.

Study-life balance

As a university city, Armidale has a thriving student population, which results in widespread social, cultural, sporting and job opportunities. If you are thinking about dipping a toe in the waters of a rural experience, Armidale is a great place to choose. We are also able to provide community engagement opportunities, such as Teddy Bear Clinics, Rural Summer/Winter School involvement, and Kruki Program involvement.

Our students

We cater for around 22 students in years 4 and 5 combined. These small numbers mean more one on one student centred teaching. The smaller numbers also increase the likelihood of hands on exposure to patients, and experience in preparing patients for retrieval can be gained. Our extensive simulation program is offered to students every week, and ultrasound skills are specifically taught.

The resources of UNE are readily available for research activities.

At the TCS we also cater for year 3 UNE students while on clinical placement. This offers senior students potential roles in teaching and mentoring other students.

Student testimonial

The small size of Armidale means you get so much one on one consultant time! The bosses in the hospital here will actually know your name, say hello to you outside the hospital, you can approach them at any time and they enjoy teaching you!”

- Adam,Year 4 TCS 2020

Contact us

The TCS team is available to answer questions, by phone or email, details are below. We look forward to hearing from you, and hopefully seeing you in the coming years.

Clinical Dean: Dr Susan Paul
(02) 6773 0131

Year Manager: Kelsey Morgan
(02) 6773 2973

University of New England
Armidale NSW 2351 Australia

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.