FURCS rural clinical week, Mount Gambier

Opportunities for rural applicants

Flinders is committed to improving health care in rural and remote communities by increasing the number of doctors working in these regions.

Applicants with an Australian rural background have an opportunity to study Medicine at Flinders via the:

  • Rural sub-quota, or
  • Parallel Rural Community Curriculum (PRCC) sub-quota



Rural sub-quota

Up to 28% of Commonwealth supported places in the Doctor of Medicine are reserved for students who come from a rural background.


PRCC rural sub-quota

Up to 24 places are available each year in the Doctor of Medicine for students from a rural background who are able to demonstrate commitment to a career in rural practice.

Students selected in this sub-quota will enter a rural stream that will provide innovative rural experiences and placements throughout each of the MD program.

Central to this rural stream is the internationally recognised PRCC, which enables students to complete their entire Year 3 studies in a regional area.

Opportunities are available in the Riverland, Barossa Valley, Greater Green Triangle and Hills/Mallee/Fleurieu regions.

More information: PRCC website


Applicants must come from a rural background. This is defined as 'residency for at least 10 years cumulatively or any five years consecutively in an Australian Statistical Geography Standard - Remoteness Area (ASGS-RA) 2-5'.

More information: Search for your town’s classification

How to apply

To be eligible for consideration for the PRCC sub quota, you must submit the following with your application.

  • A rural sub-quota statutory declaration form and documentary evidence which confirms that you meet the Commonwealth rural eligibility criteria.
  • An autobiographical statement up to 600 words describing:
    • your personal background relevant to the course;
    • why you have applied to the PRCC sub quota; and
    • why you are suited to learning medicine in a rural environment.