Canberra Health Services


Canberra Health Services offers a range of health services, including through the Canberra Hospital, a modern 600 bed tertiary hospital. It provides acute, sub-acute, primary and community‐based health services to almost 500,000 residents of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).

It also services the surrounding Southern New South Wales region, including the Bega Valley, Bombala, Cooma-Monaro, Eurobodalla, Goulburn, Mulwaree, Palerang, Queanbeyan, Snowy River, Upper Lachlan Shire and the Yass Valley.

The clinical services offered at the Canberra Hospital are underpinned by state-of-the-art pathology, and imaging services.

Clinical placements

Students will have high-quality learning opportunities in diagnosis, treatment and prevention of illness within a professional environment, offered through teaching clinics, simulation labs and real-world placements.

Students attend lectures and interactive seminars in large groups, and practise procedural and clinical skills in smaller groups.

Clinical placements at Canberra Hospital offer exposure to a wide variety of disciplines including acute inpatient and day services, outpatient services, women’s and children’s services, paediatrics and pathology.

Throughout the year, students rotate through different units within the hospital where they have the opportunity to shadow doctors, and speak with and examine patients.

As Canberra’s largest hospital, students will interact with state-of-the-art equipment and be immersed in a strong culture of teaching and research. Students will engage in a wide variety of cases while working alongside some of the territory’s most accomplished medical specialists and researchers. Students are encouraged to attend Grand Round seminars where they will hear about the latest clinical research, and participate in the Canberra Health Annual Research Meeting (CHARM) which showcases how research can contribute to a learning health system through discovery, collaboration and translation.

Many of Canberra Hospital’s junior doctors are a fantastic source of information, inspiration and practical tips for medical students. They are often willing to give their time to students, having been in a similar position. 

In addition, students have a range of placement opportunities offered through Canberra Health Services including the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children, located on the Canberra Hospital campus and the University of Canberra Hospital (UCH), which offers inpatient rehabilitation - providing specialised and dedicated care to various people in the community.

Other information and facilities

Medical School support staff are located in Building 4 of the Canberra Hospital campus providing students direct access to the clinical skills and clinical education teams for support.

Building 4 is home to the Canberra Health Services Library. The library is committed to delivering learning resources that are easily accessible, and teaching students evidence-based information gathering techniques. Students can also book rooms for group/learning work.

The Peter Herdson Museum located in Building 10, houses over 500 potted anatomical specimens. The museum can also be accessed in an online format utilising a student ID and password.

Learn more about campus facilities such as location map, transportation options and food service options.