The University of Western Australia coordinates elective placements at the teaching hospitals associated with the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.
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|
|July/August 2020||1 November 2019||31 December 2019||February 2020|
|December 2020/January 2021||We are currently not recruiting for this period.||We are currently not recruiting for this period.||We are currently not recruiting for this period.|
All documents need to be in English, including serology reports.
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.
Further requirements for applicants
Required if the applicant has worked or been a patient in an interstate or overseas hospital in the past 12 months (WA students only). All other visiting medical students MUST have MRSA testing completed prior to commencing their elective placement.
You will receive a pathology form and the testing can be completed in Perth on your arrival. There will be a cost for this test that must be paid on the day. Please allow two working days for processing results. Swabs can be collected outside Western Australia, as long as you have not been in a hospital or nursing home environment since collection and your arrival in Perth.
Working with Children Check
All applicants need to have a current Western Australian Working with Children Check. An application will be sent to your home address prior to your arrival in Western Australia. Please complete required sections and apply at the nearest Post Office upon arrival in Western Australia (please ensure you have the 100 points of ID required when applying).
IELTS or TOEFL is not essential to prove your English language skills.
If you have not taken IELTS or TOEFL, you can provide certification or a letter from your university confirming your course is taught in English or, if not, you communicate well in English, both spoken and written.
Placement feeInternational medical students: AUD$1000
Australian and New Zealand medical students: $220
UWA and Notre Dame Fremantle medical students: no fee
Applicants are responsible for public liability, professional indemnity/medical malpractice and personal accident insurance cover for the period of the placement and which must provide proof two months before the start date.
Rural clinical elective placements are classed as observation visits, not training or research. A visitor’s visa is appropriate. For advice on visas visit the Department of Home Affairs website.
It is the applicant’s responsibility to arrange and pay for all accommodation and travel (including transport) while on placement.
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 placementsInternational, 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.