Northern Clinical School

The Northern Clinical School is based at Northern Hospital in Epping and became a fully independent Clinical School in 2012, having previously been a significant member of the Austin-Northern Clinical School.

Students of the Northern Clinical School are primarily based at Northern Hospital and are also partnered with a GP practice for weekly visits.  Students have their own consulting space and contribute to diagnosis and management plans. They benefit from a single, permanent home to study the full breadth of health care in both community- and hospital-based medicine.

Students at the Northern Clinical School will engage patients across the lifespan, giving them a broad understanding of the challenges faced in managing both acute and chronic disease in a multicultural disadvantaged demographic.

The Northern Clinical School teachers are drawn from all specialties in the hospital setting as well as accredited practices from the GP partnerships. The staff prides itself on being a friendly, accessible and enthusiastic team, an approach which has been favourably remarked upon by students for several years.

Fast Facts

  • Northern Health is the key public provider of health services for approximately 800,000 people across five local government areas
  • The Emergency Department is the busiest in the state, treating nearly 70,000 patients annually
  • The number of patients using the 300 bed hospital has increased significantly each year since it opened in 1998
  • The Northern community is home to residents born from more than 180 countries and who speak more than 130 languages
  • Over a typical week, 5000 patients are treated across the 5 campuses; 46 babies are born at the Northern Hospital; and 100 emergency operations and more than 200 elective procedures are performed
  • The Northern Hospital offers general and speciality medical and surgical units, along with Women's and Children's Health, Psychiatry and Aged Care


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

The Northern Clinical School is located on Cooper St in the northern suburb of Epping.

The student facilities are conveniently located next to the entrance Outpatient D and staff car park – a two-minute walk to the Education Precinct and library. The student facilities include a kitchen, lockers, relaxation area, computer/study room and tutorial rooms.

There is some limited free on-street car parking. Parking is also available at the Northern Hospital car parks with prices ranging from $4.30 to $10 per day.

Trains depart for the Epping line from Melbourne Central Station on Platform 1. When arriving in Epping, it is a 15 minute walk to the hospital west along Cooper Street. Buses also run from the bus stop in front of the railway station on Cooper Street.

What can I expect to be doing day-to-day?

The Northern Clinical School attempts to engage students in all aspects of care from the community into the hospital system.

Students can expect a combination of structured, formal teaching (lectures, bedside tutorials, skill sessions) and the opportunity for informal teaching (clinics, surgery, ward duties, speaking with patients).

As part of the Primary Care Community Base program, students at Northern Hospital will have the unique opportunity to spend one day a week in a general practice to further study the full breadth of health care within the community.

The students who get to call the Northern Clinical School home are a lucky bunch - superb teaching, wonderful patients, and a friendly environment.

  • Brendan Jones, Northern Clinical School student