Medical electives


Due to the COVID-19 situation all elective placements have been suspended until further notice.

The University of Western Australia coordinates elective placements at the teaching hospitals associated with the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.

Rural clinical elective placements

The Rural Clinical School of WA can assist medical students to secure rural clinical elective placements.

Students who complete a clinical elective placement in rural/remote Western Australia have a unique opportunity to be more directly involved in medical care in a hands-on capacity.

Availability of placements

Due to the unforeseen circumstances of coronavirus (COVID-19) and the significant impact on health services, UWA Medical School (and Rural Clinical School) will not be accepting applications for incoming elective placements until further notice.


Placement timeframes and application submissions dates

Please note that applications received outside of the following timeframes will not be assessed.

Period Applications open Applications close Email notifications sent
We are currently not recruiting for this period. N/A N/A N/A
We are currently not recruiting for this period. N/A N/A N/A

Health screening

Serology reports

All documents need to be in English, including serology reports.

TB screening

A chest X-ray (CXR) or BCG is not sufficient for TB screening.

Evidence of tuberculosis screening with a Mantoux or Quantiferon test is required.

Student declaration form

Submit this form completed and signed with required proof (in PDF format) to the Placement Coordinator two months before your elective start date. Incomplete documentation will delay your placement process.

Pre-placement Health Screening: visiting rural clinical elective students (PDF 360KB)

Further requirements for applicants

Metro clinical elective placements

The visiting elective program for metro placements is under review and the Academic Services team is not currently accepting expressions of interest for the period from December 2019 to January 2020.

Information will be provided when available.

Eligibility criteria for metro placements

International, interstate and NZ medical students, who have completed clinical rotations and are in the final or penultimate year of their medical degree, are considered if the student meets the following criteria:
  • Placement is between 1 December and 31 January
  • Subject to approval by Head of Department
  • Maximum period of eight weeks
  • Compliance with hospital health screening requirements and insurances
  • Payment of the administrative fee:
    • International medical students: AUD$1000
    • Australian and New Zealand medical students: $220

Placements in all disciplines are limited, especially during the Christmas New Year holiday period (late December to early January). Splitting the placement between two departments is more likely.

Please understand that we cannot guarantee placements or electives in specific hospitals.

Students are not permitted to make elective placement arrangements directly with hospitals.

Contact the Rural Clinical Elective Coordinator