Medical Students

Inala Primary Care has been a teaching practice since its inception more than a decade ago. We are based in a community health building owned by Queensland Health and can trace our history back to that government run practice which ceased operation in 2006. During the 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s it was one of the few places where medical students could access a teaching placement. Consequently, many of Brisbane’s finest doctors would recall their terms spent under this roof. Fortunately, things have changed since then. Gone is the brown and yellow laminate and in its place a modern, spacious facility which includes resuscitation trolleys, podiatry chairs, chronic disease nursing suites and a full array of allied health providers. We have a team of over 10 full time equivalent doctors and see between 800 and 1000 patients each week so there is variety and scale in what we do.

Since opening as a charitable general practice in 2007, we have had a real vision for how teaching contributes to our mission. We are passionate about providing the next generation of doctors with access to a wide array of patients so that they can develop their knowledge of whole of life, whole of population care. Clearly, we love general practice. But we know not everyone wants to become a GP. For that reason, we offer to those with specialist intent a great placement. Our practice supports one of the most complex patient populations in Brisbane. Here you will see more multi-morbid, poly-pharmacy patients than you will in other practices. We also have a significant program for patients with mental health issues, supporting the development of your knowledge in that area. Here you will get to see care from the community end and find out how specialists and generalists can work together.

Our practice is a leader in collaborative and integrated care. We are even research active and we have won awards for our novel models of care. We run the Brisbane South Complex Diabetes Service with funding from Queensland Health. We partner with the Mater Hospital to provide Queensland’s largest screening service for newly arrived refugees. Our team won “Operation Angel” Awards from Kidney Health Australia for our innovative Keeping Kidneys Service. So if you want to see more than everyday general practice, we offer a great placement.

Finally, our team loves having students. You will not find yourself in a room with another medical student and a GP booked to see eight patients in an hour. We never book more than four patients per hour and add into our doctor’s diaries 15 minute debriefing slots three times a session so that you can ask questions and extend your knowledge. Our team are very used to supporting medical students get hands on with patients and perform ECGs, take patient histories and support surgical procedures.

If you want to find out more about the student positions we have available talk to Elly Gordon on PH 3275 5444 or email