UQ appoints new Head of Rural Clinical School

The University of Queensland has appointed Professor Sarah Strasser as Head of Rural Clinical School with the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

The appointment has been announced by Acting Executive Dean of the Faculty, Professor Robyn Ward.

UQ appoints new Head of Rural Clinical School
Professor Sarah Strasser is the new Head of Rural Clinical School (Photo credit: UQ)

“Professor Strasser is an academic rural general practitioner with significant experience in leading and managing rural clinical programs within Australia and Canada,” Professor Ward said.

She has held several leadership roles and has been instrumental in expanding rural medical schools, including in the Northern Territory for Flinders University.

“Professor Strasser is recognised nationally and internationally for developing successful innovative medical education programs which have improved the rural health workforce.”

Professor Strasser will be responsible for leading the faculty’s Rural Clinical School, developing the rural medical workforce and fostering the faculty’s relationships with the state’s rural and regional hospitals and health services.

“I am delighted to be returning to Australia to take up this important position with The University of Queensland,” Professor Strasser said.

“The UQ Rural Clinical School will have a major teaching and research role in the newly shaped UQ medical programs.

“This is an exciting opportunity for UQ to provide leadership in rural health nationally and internationally.”

The UQ Rural Clinical School aims to address health workforce shortages in rural and regional areas through providing the highest quality education, training, research and community service.

Professor Strasser will commence as Head of School in August.

UQ Rural Clinical School

UQ Rural Clinical School is funded through the Australian Government’s Rural Clinical Training Support (RCTS) Program to address health workforce shortages in rural and regional Queensland. To achieve this mandate, UQRCS aims to lead and direct the rural health agenda through the highest quality education, training, research and community service.

Now in its second decade of operation, UQRCS is able to demonstrate a positive impact on the medical workforce in the region and elsewhere.  Studies demonstrate that a student who has experienced the Rural Advantage with UQRCS is 2.5 times more likely to work in a rural area when compared with other UQ medical graduates.

About the UQ Medical School Program

The UQ Medical School conducts a four-year, graduate-entry medical program, the Doctor of Medicine (MD). The School of Medicine is a leading provider of medical education and research in Australia, and with the country’s largest medical degree program, they are the major single contributor to Queensland’s junior medical workforce.

Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: January
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: Applications are assessed on a rolling admissions (first come, first served) basis. It is recommended that applicants apply as early as possible to increase their chances of timely assessment. This program can fill quickly!


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