Medical electives

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

Rural clinical placements are offered for a maximum of four weeks. There are two placement periods each year during December/January (summer) and July/August (winter).

Email notification will be sent regarding the outcome of your application. Please note that due to extremely limited availability and high demand rural clinical elective placements are not guaranteed.

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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.

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