South Australia

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South Australia

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South Australia
South Australia is a lively region with famous wine destinations and is home to the most accessible outback in Australia, the Flinders Ranges. Its landscape varies from rugged outback wilderness and desert, including some of the most arid parts of the continent, to scenic mountain ranges and a coastline that stretch more than 3,700 kilometres.

The state has a population of 1.8 million people, 80% of whom live in Adelaide and surrounding metropolitan areas. Large regional population areas include Mount Gambier in the state's South East, and Whyalla, Port Lincoln and Port Augusta on the Eyre Peninsula. The region has ten training subregions, offering a range of general practice training opportunities.

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Flinders and Mid North

The Flinders Ranges and Mid North areas provide you with a diverse outback experience. Towering ancient cliffs and deep craters border dusty red roads. The area is renowned for its vast open spaces, and iconic landmarks across historic towns, and stone buildings. Its vibrant community events include country races and rodeos, and arts and cultural experiences.

The sub-region offers opportunities to become a rural generalist.

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South East

The South East is renowned for its diverse landscapes and exceptional geological features. It is home to some of South Australia’s most spectacular natural wonders, such as Mount Gambier’s Blue Lake, the World Heritage-listed Naracoorte Caves, Coorong National Park, and the Umpherston Sinkhole. It is home to the Coonawarra wine region.

The South East SA subregion offers a variety of general practice training opportunities, including Aboriginal Health placements.

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Yorke Peninsula

Yorke Peninsula is one of South Australia’s most accessible seaside regions, only 90 minutes from Adelaide. It is a diverse subregion of agricultural farmland, magnificent beaches, coastal towns, historic mining villages, and national parks.

Its shipwrecks have made it a popular tourist attraction, especially for divers. Popular recreation activities include fishing, boating, surfing, swimming, camping, and bushwalking, which are attractive for families.

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Eyre Peninsula

Eyre Peninsula stretches from the steel town of Whyalla to the border of Western Australia and the Gawler Ranges.

Known as Australia’s Seafood Frontier due to its variety of seafood, the subregion is also home to a number of diverse landscapes – from uncrowded, pristine beaches and rugged clifftops, to the plains of the Nullarbor, the outback, and agricultural farmland. Unique experiences at Eyre Peninsula include swimming with sea lions, giant cuttlefish and dolphins. Plus, you can try your hand at shark cage diving.

The area has general practice and Aboriginal Health services opportunities.

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South Australia Barossa

Barossa Valley is a major wine-producing and tourism region in South Australia. This internationally acclaimed wine region’s vibrant food and wine trails includes artisan cheesemakers and bakeries producing traditional German breads and pastries. 

The Barossa has a lively arts community and cultural events such as Barossa Gourmet Weekend and the Barossa Vintage Festival.

There are a number of special interest areas for doctors working in the region, plus cooperative relationships with local hospitals.

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Fleurieu Peninsula

Fleurieu Peninsula is a spectacular landscape of rolling hills, national parks, vineyards and splendid coastlines, less than an hour  from Adelaide. Plus world-renowned Kangaroo Island is only a short ferry-trip or flight away.

A community-oriented region of local festivals, markets, and events, the subregion has some of the best food and wine experiences South Australia offers. The regions provide GP registrars with a wide variety of experiences, including general practice, rural medicine, surgery and emergency services.

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Hills and Mallee

Hills and Mallee offer the best of both worlds – the tranquil, country community life with a quick commute to the city.

One of the more famous wine regions in the world, it is renowned for its locally grown produce with exquisite high-end cellar-door restaurants. With its gentle rolling hills and expansive plains, the region is filled with distinctive wildlife and vegetation, supporting many significant and endangered flora and fauna. There is no shortage of outdoor activities, cultural pursuits and festival opportunities to take part in.

A wide range of medical practices and Aboriginal health services are available in this area.

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Adelaide Inner Metro

The capital city of South Australia, Adelaide Inner Metro is a vibrant, electric and exciting place to explore. Ranked as Australia's most liveable city in 2020, Adelaide is the only Australian city to be entirely enclosed by parklands. 

Enjoy spectacular views across River Torrens and Adelaide Hills. Indulge in Adelaide's lively entertainment scene of award-winning fine dining restaurants, trendy bars, heritage pubs, sidewalk cafes and laneways, markets and world-class cultural events, such as the Adelaide Festival and Fringe Festival.

Adelaide has a significant number of training sites including practices and health centres which provide a broad range of opportunities for GP registrars.

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Adelaide Outer Metro

Adelaide Outer Metro is encompassed by a diverse range of suburbs. Its waterside western suburbs offer a relaxed, beachside lifestyle, while tree-lined streets and heritage homes embody the eastern areas. 

Adelaide’s southern suburbs are a blend of industry, commercial estates, beachside suburbs, and residential areas, while the fast-growing northern suburbs economically transforms to support future opportunities.

There are a significant number of practices and health services offering a range of opportunities for GP registrars.

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Running along the Murray River, the Riverland is known for its exquisite ochre-coloured cliffs, remarkable scenery, and vibrant landscapes.

The Riverland is one of Australia’s largest wine-producing regions, and a major producer of almonds, fruit and vegetables. Local produce can be purchased directly from growers. Popular recreational activities include water sports, motorsports, houseboat cruises, and innovative cellar door, brewery and distillery experiences.

Local practices cooperate with district hospitals and health services, providing registrars with exposure to a large number of special interest areas.

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