The Discipline of General Practice is a specialty unit of the Sydney Medical School and is responsible for the delivery of the Community Specialty Block which students enrolled in the Graduate Medical Program undertake in their third year of study. Students are introduced to health care in the community, in the contexts of general practice, and also of geriatric medicine, rehabilitation medicine and sexual health medicine, in both rural and urban environments, and aims to equip students with knowledge, understanding, skills and abilities that are relevant to community-based medical practice. Particular attention is paid to the knowledge, skills and cultural sensitivity that are appropriate to working with Indigenous people, and with people from linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds.
The Discipline is decentralised and students are allocated to one of the urban clinical schools (Central at Balmain Hospital, Northern at Hornsby Hospital or Western at Westmead Hospital) and undertake their Community Block in both urban and rural settings. They can also choose a rural focus and undertake the Block with the Rural Clincal School at a number of rural and remote sites: Dubbo, Orange, Bathurst, Broken Hill or Lismore.