Student Placement FAQs

What do I need to bring?

  • Your own towel(s), but not bed linen as this is provided.
  • Food is not provided however the student accommodation is equipped with shared cooking facilities. Food can be purchased at local supermarkets some of which have long trading hours. There is also a kiosk and cafeteria within the Broken Hill Hospital.
  • Your uniform, including covered shoes
  • Immunisation papers
  • Criminal Record Clearance
  • Student ID badge
  • Student placement fee as listed in acceptence letter
  • $20 (refundable) deposit for access card to gain 24 hour access to the BH UDRH Computer Lab
  • Some Australian cash – don’t rely on credit or Eftpos as some remote locations are not equipped to take these types of money transactions

Will my mobile phone work in the remote locations?
Mobile reception is available within Broken Hill however coverage is limited when travelling towards Broken Hill or through other remote areas. Some of the smaller remote communities still do not have mobile coverage – it depends on the service provider you are with. Telstra is generally the only provider in remote locations, and provides the largest coverage area of any service provider in the far west NSW region.

What is the weather like?
The climate of Broken Hill is usually dry, with temperatures ranging from a chilly 1-2 c during the winter nights to an average winter daytime temperature of 19 c, through to very hot summer daytime temperatures of 40 c or higher with very pleasant overnight temperatures.

Do I need to bring a car?
Having you own transport is an advantage however not essential.
Broken Hill is well served by public transport and the BH UDRH has mountain bikes available for students’ use which are organised on a booking system (please refer to Accommodation Guide).
If you bring your own vehicle, ensure it is mechanically sound to cover long distances, particularly if travelling during the summer periods.

If travelling by car ALWAYS plan your journey to avoid driving at night due to the very active night wildlife and open range properties.

Also ensure you travel with plenty of water - summer and winter!

Click on the following NRMA websites for further advice regarding travelling on country roads.

RTA Road Safety website

How far is the student accommodation from where I work?
The accommodation is only a short walk to the University facilities and the Broken Hill Health Service. Walking to the University and the health service is pleasant most of the year except during the peak hot seasons and the cooler winter mornings.
Mountain bikes are available – details provided during orientation.

Is the placement available only for USyd students?
No, we accept students from all universities as well as some international students. All student placements are dependant on placement and accommodation availability.

Are placements available for international students?
Due to high demand by Australian students, we currently accept applications from overseas medicine, nursing and dental students only on a case-by-case basis. All international student placements are dependent on placement and accommodation availability.

Are there any costs for placements?
All student placements in the Far West of NSW coordinated by the Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health (BH UDRH) including applications processed via the NSW Health ‘ClinConnect’ System attract a Placement Fee to support the associated administration, education and facility related expenses. There is a $25 per week Placement Administration Fee for Australian University Students. International University Student placement fees are managed separately, students will be advised upon enquiry and acceptance of their application.

Are there exemptions for the placement fees?
Yes some exemptions may apply. Please refer to the Placement Fee Policy Document for more information

Are there any costs to use the accommodation?
At this stage there are no charges for Australian university students, international students should budget for accommodation charges (refer to international student guide).

What cooking facilities are provided?
Shared kitchens with ovens, microwaves and a full range of kitchen appliances including fridge/freezer and other small appliances eg toasters, saucepans.

Do you have camping equipment available?
We have swags available for hire for a refundable deposit.
Other than this, students will need to organise their own camping equipment should you wish to camp.

If I don’t have a car how do I get around?
We have mountain bikes available for students’ use on a booking system. Public transport and taxi services are also available.

How is my placement determined?
Upon suitability, availability of the health service provider, as well as accommodation availability.

How is my application processed?

  • After the initial enquiry is received from the student, the student is contacted, and requested to complete and send a written application form to the BH UDRH
  • After application papers are received at the BH UDRH, the interested student will be contacted (generally by email), confirming receipt of application.
  • The application will then be discussed and reviewed by the student placement coordinator and the relevant Department directors.
  • Negotiations with key contacts regarding placement with respective health facility then take place.
  • A formal confirmation letter is then forwarded to the student regarding details of placement including dates of accommodation, schedule for placement and other relevant specific issues and information. If the application is unsuccessful, the student will also be advised in writing.
  • Students then need to return their signed acceptance of placement letter to confirm arrangements.
  • Three weeks prior to travel to Broken Hill or town of placement, the student will be contacted to confirm travel arrangements to ensure they arrive safely and understand where they need to go when they arrive. Most students need to travel vast distances to experience placement in Broken Hill or the remote locations, and this can be quite daunting for some students.