Northern Clinical School

The Northern Clinical School Student, has four main campuses: The Northern Hospital Epping, Broadmeadows Hospital, Bundoora Centre and Craigieburn Centre.

As a Northern Clinical School Student, you will become part of the Northern Health Community, as you complete all your clinical studies (including, Women’s Health, Children’s Health, Mental Health and Aged Care) across our four main campuses:
The Northern Hospital Epping, Broadmeadows Hospital, Bundoora Centre and Craigieburn Centre.

Students will be able to engage with patients across the lifespan, while gaining a broad understanding of the challenges faced in managing both acute and chronic disease in Melbourne’s rapidly growing outer north.

Our growing community engagement programs such as the NCS Teddy Bear Hospital and #ThinkHealth will allow Northern students to engage the younger members of our northern community during their studies too.

Our Northern Clinical School teachers are drawn from all specialties in the hospital setting and staff pride themselves on being a friendly, accessible, supportive and enthusiastic team, an approach which has been favorably remarked upon by students for several years.

The extended video provides more detailed information from both our staff and students. It is designed for prospective students who want to learn even more about the benefits of being based at the Northern Clinical School.

You will hear the experiences of our students and also get some insight into the the type of medical education our friendly and caring staff provide to our students.

Fast Facts

  • The Northern Health catchment includes three of the state’s six growth areas: Hume, Whittlesea and Mitchell. The swift development of new suburbs in the north will see our population grow by 17% (69,000 people) in the next five years alone, and by over 58% (more than 228,000 people) by 2031.
  • Our emergency department is the busiest in Victoria and treats over 107,000 patients each year. Northern Health cares for over 94,000 patients admitted to hospital and assists with the delivery of over 4,000 babies each year.
  • Northern Health cares for a diverse community, born in more than 185 countries, who speak over 106 different languages and follow over 90 different religions or beliefs.
  • The Northern Centre for Health Education and Research includes a purpose-built clinical simulation centre used to support the education of staff and students across all clinical disciplines. This is a joint facility shared between The University of Melbourne, La Trobe University and Northern Health.
  • Over a typical week, 9000 patients are treated across the 4 campuses; 68 babies are born at the Northern Hospital; and 130 emergency operations and more than 230 elective procedures are performed
  • The simulation centre offers two high fidelity laboratories for high acuity scenarios, a simulated ward, a simulated consulting room and a clinical skills lab.


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

    The Northern Clinical School is based at The Northern Hospital on Cooper St in the northern suburb of Epping.

    The student facilities are conveniently located within the Northern Centre for Health Education and Research (NCHER) next to the specialist clinics entrance and staff car park.  The student facilities include a kitchen, lockers, relaxation area, computer/study rooms.

    There is some limited free on-street car parking. Parking is also available at the Northern Hospital car parks with cost being around $6.25 - $10.00 per day.

    Epping train station (on the Mernda line) is a 20-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 to the front of the hospital.

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

    Most days will involve lots of hands-on patient interaction by taking histories or undertaking examinations and becoming part of the team during ward rounds and specialty clinics.  There will also be ample opportunities to attend and “scrub in” operating theatres, ICU and Emergency departments.

    Structured formal teaching will occur in both the hospital, simulation centre and classroom setting.  The opportunity for informal teaching/learning is endless by becoming involved in clinics, surgery, ward duties and speaking with patients and staff.

    One of the great advantages to training at the Northern Clinical School is that you can undertake all your clinical training here and really be integrated into the hospital and local community. We hope you enjoy your time with us and develop a long-lasting association with the North!

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