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

MRSA

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). 
English language
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.
Fees

Placement fee

International medical students: AUD$1000 
Australian and New Zealand medical students: $220
UWA and Notre Dame Fremantle medical students: no fee
Insurance
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.
Visa
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
Accommodation
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 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