Student placements

The RFDS (Queensland Section) offers placement opportunities for Queensland University students studying for a Bachelor of Medicine or Nursing qualification.   It welcomes the involvement of students and encourages the emphasis on rural, remote and indigenous health and multidisciplinary practice.  The placement provides the opportunity for exposure to remote primary health in the bases.

The availability of medical and nursing student placement varies from base to base.   As student placements (where offered) are limited, a waiting list may exist and preference will be given to students in their final year of study.

Medical Student Placements

Placement will offer a clinic based rural experience with the possibility of involvement in aeromedical retrievals. Student placements will occur between the months of March to September of each year.  


  • Two week placement program open to all final year Queensland University students only


  • One week placement program open to all final year Queensland University students only

Mount Isa 

  • Two week placement program open to James Cook University (Sixth Year Medical Students) and John Flynn Placement Program (JFPP) students

All applications for medical placements should be directed to the University Placement Coordinator.

For further enquiries please contact Renae Murphy, Health Workforce Coordinator, Royal Flying Doctor Service (QLD) email: or 07 3860 1135

Nursing Student Placements

Placements are offered to nursing students who are third year Bachelor of Nursing students at Queensland Universities only. These placements are for two weeks, are available from March to September each year. If you are interested please contact your Nursing Clinical Placement Facilitator at your university to register your interest. This placement cannot be arranged directly via the RFDS (Qld Section).

As Flight Nursing is a specialised field, RFDS are unable to offer graduate programs or work experience opportunities.

The current minimum requirements for Aeromedical Nursing (Flight Nurse) credentialing and scope of clinical practice are as follows:

  • Registered General Nurse (RN) and Midwife with AHPRA registration
  • Minimum five years post graduate experience which must include a minimum three years' experience in critical care environment in either a recognised Major Regional or Tertiary Hospital Emergency Department with a 24 hour in-Department medical coverage or a recognised Intensive Care Unit; or a cumulative of three years critical care experience across both environments (five years would be highly desirable)
  • Current Advanced Life Support (ALS) and Paediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS

The current minimum requirements for Primary Health Care Nursing credentialing and scope of clinical practice are as follows:

  • Registered General Nurse (RN) with AHPRA registration
  • Graduate Nurse Program in a tertiary or regional hospital (12 months)
  • Minimum of 4 years post RN registration including primary health care or rural nursing experience
  • Registered Midwife (RM) with AHPRA registration

Desirable Post Graduate qualifications

  • Child and Family Health Care
  • Chronic Condition Management

Beneficial qualifications

  • Current immunisation endorsement in Queensland
  • Scheduled Medicines Rural and Isolated Practice Registered Nurse

Note: Five (5) years minimum experience = Four (4) years post Registered Nurse (RN) registration and Midwifery qualification

Contact us through our General Enquiries email or phone, for more information on Student Placements.