Central Clinical School

The Central Clinical School (CCS) is based at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPAH). The CCS also has large teaching and research units at Sydney Eye Hospital, Balmain Hospital and staff based at Canterbury Hospital. The CCS also has a close association with Concord Hospital.

RPAH is an institution with a rich heritage in both under-graduate and post-graduate medical training in Australia. Because of the close proximity to the main campus of the University, the Clinical School at RPAH was the Medical Program’s first clinical school, established soon after Sydney Medical School opened in 1883.

Staff at the CCS cover a wide range of disciplines, and are active in both research and teaching. The CCS research activities are also supplemented by our affiliation with the largest number of external research units and institutes in the Faculty of Medicine, covering a diverse range of disciplines and research areas.

The Clinical School at RPAH offers a huge scope of clinical exposure to common and rare chronic medical illnesses. This includes acute illness and trauma, the full range of surgical conditions, with patients ranging across all age groups - from pre-term newborns to the elderly. Many of the clinical teachers at RPAH are national and international leaders in their respective fields of medicine.

For basic clinical skills training, the Clinical School at RPAH has comprehensive clinical skills laboratories, including facilities for the development of advanced levels of consultative skills and surgical procedural skills training.

Fast Facts

  • Central Clinical School (CCS) is based at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, an 800 bed tertiary hospital, with over 10,000 staff.
  • Royal Prince Alfred Hospital is one of Australia's premier tertiary referral hospitals and is recognised as a worldwide leader in clinical expertise, healthcare excellence, and innovation.
  • Central Clinical School precincts has the highest concentration on Medical Research Institutes in Australia – including the Heart Research Institute, Woolcock, Centenary, Brain & Mind Institute, and the newly established RPA Institute of Academic Surgery.
  • Central Clinical School has the largest number of academic, clinical academic staff, and clinician -scientists of all the Sydney Medical School’s Clinical Schools.
  • The RPAH precinct includes the new Charles Perkins Centre, a new dedicated Cancer Hospital (“The Chris O’Brien Lifehouse”), and a soon to open in-patient Psychiatry facility.
  • Central Clinical School teaches an annual course on ‘How to Teach’ to junior medical staff at RPAH, and as a consequence, junior medical staff conduct “JMO teaching rounds” weekly for our students.
  • Central Clinical School has a unique surgical teaching program, designed in conjunction with our students, and which resulted in a Vice-Chancellors teaching award.
  • Central Clinical School conducts a large number of research activities on Medical Education, and uses the results to improve our teaching program. This work resulted in a Vice-Chancellors teaching award, in particular for research on team based learning, and peer teaching and learning.

Student Experience

“No matter what you’re interested in you’ll always find something in the wards, or in the theatres or in the clinics that sparks your interest. The teachers and doctors here at RPA are second to none. I’ve been through every rotation in first and second year here and in every block I get the very best in the world sort of teaching here. It’s just fantastic.”
Greg Couch, 3rd year medical year student.


Where is the Central Clinical School located and how do I get there?

Central Clinical School (RPAH) is located on Missenden Road Camperdown. Entrance to the Clinical School is via John Hopkins Drive near building 63. The closest general access entry door to Central Clinical school is through the Courtyard off John Hopkins Drive.

Paid hospital parking is available behind the King George V Building, on Missenden Road, Camperdown, opposite the main entrance to RPA.

A taxi rank is located outside the hospital near the Emergency Department.

The hospital is a 10-minute walk from most bus stops and 20-minute walk from Newtown Station. Buses run between the city and inner west from Central Station.

Bus Number 412 From City (Town Hall) or from Campsie Station to the City will take you directly to RPA Hospital.
Frequent bus services stop along Parramatta Road (413, 436,438, 440, 461, 480, 483) and along City Road/King Street (422, 423, 426, 428) stop at the corner of Missenden Road and Parramatta Road where a short walk will take you to RPA Hospital. Bus route 431 can be caught from the corner of Parramatta Road and Glebe Point Road and will take you to the end of Glebe Point road and the waterfront parks.

The Central Clinical School has the added advantage of being a five minute walk to the main campus of The University of Sydney. It is also close to the CBD and Newtown.

If you would like more information on the Central Clinical School, please follow the link to their website.