Kununurra Hospital is a small, rural district hospital in the north-eastern Kimberley region of Western Australia. Lying only twenty-three kilometers from the Northern Territory border, it is the largest town in WA north of Broome. The hospital has a range of services, including an Emergency Clinic, and offers the student an opportunity to experience healthcare delivery in one of the most remote areas of Australia. The hospital also supports community care initiatives and has a well-established maternity ward, which facilitated the births of 108 babies in 2010, 45% of which were to indigenous women. The hospital also offers the opportunity for expecting mothers to either attend all ante-natal classes at the hospital or to use Share Care, working with the Aboriginal Medical Service until 36 weeks gestation, at which point the mother is transferred to hospital ante-natal services. Students working at this hospital can expect to work with a large proportion of indigenous patients and will be required to learn, and be sensitive to, cultural constraints in order to get the most from their placement.
Specialists regularly visiting Kununurra cover the following disciplines – Adult cardiology, Audiology, Dermatology, ENT, Gastroenterology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics, Palliative care, Paediatrics, Paediatric cardiology, Psychiatry, Renal, Respiratory.
As a rural placement, enquiries about this elective should initially be placed through the Rural Clinical School of Western Australia (RCSWA). The RCSWA will enquire at the hospital, and others in rural WA, regarding the opportunity of a placement. There is a faculty fee for this process that will be determined with the University of Western Australia.
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