Health and Medical Sciences

Your allocated student office is your one-stop shop for all your course-related queries. We can assist with:

  • course advice and creating a study plan
  • checking your enrolment
  • advising on global and extra-curricular experiences
  • directing you to student support services
  • helping you with complex matters regarding special consideration, credit transfer, approved leave, academic progression, graduation eligibility and other requests

The HMS Office is located on Level 1 of the CTEC Building at the Perth campus. Visit us during our office hours or get in touch using the details below.

Phone: + 61 8 6488 8500

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 4.30pm

Email us via askUWA

Featured opportunities

Population Health Seasonal School

Undertake a one-week intensive, out-of-semester unit to gain course credit or for your professional development. Units include Food and Nutrition in Population Health, Clinical Epidemiology and more.

Get involved

Discover a number of student-run faculty societies through UWA's Student Guild.

These clubs and societies represent and support members across the various disciplines of health and medical sciences.

Join up to enjoy a range of social, sporting, volunteer and academic functions throughout the year.

Some of the Faculty's clubs and societies include:

View clubs

Mentoring programs

Student MeDMentor

In the first few weeks of the course, you'll be paired with a senior medical student mentor – your Student MeDMentor – to help you transition to life as a UWA MD student and become a qualified doctor. These are senior students who have volunteered and undertaken UniMentor training. You can meet with your Student MeDMentor to discuss issues and ideas that develop as part of the MD course, and ask for feedback or advice. We recommend meeting with your Student MeDMentor at least twice a year. Beyond Year 1, you can choose not to continue to have a Student MeDMentor.

Having a Student MeDMentor provides you with:

  • orientation to the University and MD course,
  • professional development assistance
  • feedback on how to achieve your professional and academic goals  

For more information, contact the Professional Development and Mentorship Academic Services Officer on ppdmed-fmdhs@uwa.edu.au or (+61 8) 6457 1886.

Clinician-Student mentoring

UWA is the only Australian medical school to have a longitudinal mentoring program where all medical students have a clinical mentor involved in the student’s professional development for the duration of the course. This program is a popular feature of the course and comprises a minimum number of meetings and activities that must be completed for each academic year.

As your mentor is a qualified doctor, they have an important role in providing you with feedback and identifying if you need assistance. We strongly encourage you to choose your own mentor. When nominating a mentor, make sure the following criteria are met:

  • A medically qualified clinician (not a direct family member), qualified for a minimum of three years.
  • A person who is agreeable about meeting you officially for personal and professional development.
  • This person must be able to follow the timetable as set out in the Guidebook.

You can approach your mentor to discuss issues and ideas, complete assigned tasks, or ask for feedback or advice. You should meet with your mentor at least once (twice in Year 3) to discuss your development. You also need to ensure your Interview Record Sheets are submitted to the Faculty, and your forms must be submitted to the mentoring administrator. Use the mentor selection form to submit your preferences. For more information, contact the Professional Development and Mentorship Academic Services Officer on ppdmed-fmdhs@uwa.edu.au or (+61 8) 6457 1886.

Faculty computer resources

  • Computer lab locations

    The Faculty has computer labs where you can use:

    • Microsoft Office
    • EndNote
    • Internet
    • 2GB of secure, backed-up data storage assigned to you, accessible as the H: drive on any of the lab PCs on campus
    • Printers
    • UNIFI wireless service

    Some labs also have SPSS, Stata and SAS available for use. This software is provided by the associated school.

    Fiona Stanley Hospital Perkins

    • South Lab, Lower Ground Area, Perkins Building, Fiona Stanley Hospital, Murdoch
    • Four computers
    • Laser printing
    • 8am to 5pm access

    Perth campus, Anatomy and Human Biology, computer room G45

    • 24 computers
    • Laser printing
    • 24-hour access – contact the IT ServiceDesk online or by telephone (+61 8) 9346 7325 to arrange swipe card access to this lab

    FJ Clark, QE2 Medical Centre

    • FJ Clark lecture theatre complex
    • 24 computers
    • Laser printing
    • 24-hour access – contact the IT ServiceDesk online or by telephone (+61 8) 9346 7325, to arrange swipe card access to this lab

    Fremantle Hospital

    • Fremantle Hospital T Block,room T5.14
    • Four computers
    • Laser printing
    • 8am to 5pm access

    Joondalup Health Clinic

    • The University of Western Australia, Community Clinical School, First floor, Joondalup Private Hospital
    • Seven computers
    • Laser printing
    • 8am to 5pm access

    King Edward Memorial Hospital

    • King Edward Memorial Hospital Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, A Block, level 2
    • Eight computers
    • Laser printing
    • 8am to 5pm access

    Nedlands campus

    School of Population Health computer labs, corner of Clifton Street and Stirling Highway 

    • 50 computers
    • Laser printing
    • 24-hour access 

    Osborne Park Hospital

    • Osborne Park Hospital, Level 2, student resource room
    • Three computers
    • 8am to 5pm access

    Pharmacology and Pathology

    • M Block Computing Suite, Ground Floor, M block, QE2 Medical Centre, Nedlands
    • 170 computers
    • Laser printing
    • 8am to 5pm access

    Podiatric Medicine Unit 

    • Rooms G17 and G19 (Undergraduate) and G02 (Postgraduate), Park Avenue Building, corner Park and Crawley Avenues, Crawley
    • 13 computers
    • 24-hour access with campus card for Podiatric Medicine students

    Princess Margaret Hospital

    • Department of Paediatrics, Administration Building, Level 4, Room 4.22
    • Six computers
    • Laser printing
    • 8am to 5pm access

    Royal Perth Hospital

    • Royal Perth Hospital Colonial House, above the library
    • Four computers
    • Laser printing
    • 8am to 5pm access

Important dates

  • Doctor of Dental Medicine
    Year 1
    First semester Mon 13 Jan to Fri 26 June
    Dental Immersion Block (1 week) Mon 13 Jan to Fri 17 Jan
    Orientation Mon 20 Jan
    Mid-semester break (1 week) Mon 13 Apr to Fri 17 Apr
    Study break (1 week) Mon 25 May to Fri 29 May
    Examination period Sat 30 May to Sat 13 June
    Dental Immersion Block (2 weeks) Mon 15 June to Fri 26 June
    Second semester Mon 6 July to Fri 27 Nov
    Mid-semester break (1 week) Mon 28 Sept to Fri 2 Oct
    Study break (1 week) Mon 26 Oct to Fri 30 Oct
    Examination period Sat 31 Oct to Fri 13 Nov
    Dental Immersion Block (2 weeks) Mon 16 Nov to Fri 27 Nov
    Years 2 and 3
    First semester Mon 13 Jan to Fri 22 May
    Intensive Teaching Block Mon 13 Jan to Fri 17 Jan
    Mid-semester break (1 week) Mon 13 Apr to Fri 17 Apr
    Study break (1 week) Mon 25 May to Fri 29 May
    Examination period Mon 1 June to Fri 12 June
    Vacation (1 week) Mon 15 June to Fri 19 June
    Second semester Mon 22 June to Fri 23 Nov
    Mid-semester break (1 week) Mon 28 Sept to Fri 2 Oct
    Study break (1 week) Mon 26 Oct to Fri 30 Oct
    Examination period Mon 2 Nov to Fri 13 Nov
    Year 4
    First semester Mon 13 Jan to Fri 26 June
    Intensive Teaching Block Mon 13 Jan to Fri 17 Jan
    Mid-semester break (1 week) Mon 13 Apr to Fri 17 Apr
    Intensive Teaching Block Mon 1 June to Fri 26 June
    Second semester Mon 29 June to Fri 27 Nov
    Mid-semester break (1 week) Mon 28 Sept to Fri 2 Oct
    Intensive Teaching Block Mon 2 Nov to Fri 27 Nov
  • Doctor of Medicine
    Year 1
    Orientation Mon 20 Jan
    First semester Mon 20 Jan to Fri 22 May
    Mid-semester break (1 week) Mon 13 Apr to Fri 17 Apr
    Examination study break (1 week) Mon 25 May to Fri 29 May
    Examination period Sat 30 May to Sat 13 June
    Vacation (3 weeks) Mon 15 June to Fri 3 July
    Second semester Mon 6 July to Fri 23 Oct
    Mid-semester break (1 week) Mon 28 Sept to Fri 2 Oct
    Study break (1 week) Mon 26 Oct to Fri 30 Nov
    Examination period Sat 31 Oct to Fri 13 Nov
    Year 2
    First semester Tue 28 Jan to Sun 14 June
    First rotation Tue 28 Jan to Fri 17 Apr
    Mid-semester break (1 week) Sat 18 Apr to Sun 26 Apr
    Second rotation Mon 27 Apr to Sun 14 June
    Second semester Mon 15 June to Sun 15 Nov
    Third rotation Mon 15 June to Sun 2 Aug
    Mid semester break (1 week) Mon 3 Aug to Sun 9 Aug
    Fourth rotation Mon 10 Aug to Sun 27 Sept
    Fifth rotation Mon 28 Sept to Sun 15 Nov
    Study break (1 week) Mon 16 Nov to Fri 20 Nov
    Examination period Mon 23 Nov to Fri 27 Nov
     
    Year 3
    First semester Tue 28 Jan to Sun 19 July
    First rotation Tue 28 Jan to Sun 22 Mar
    Second rotation Mon 23 Mar to Sun 17 May
    Mid-semester break (1 week) (except RCS students) Mon 18 May to Sun 24 May
    Mid-semester break (2 weeks) RCS students only Sat 04 July to Sun 19 July
    Third rotation Mon 25 May to Sun 19 July
    Second semester Mon 20 July to Sun 15 Nov
    Fourth rotation Mon 20 July to Sun 13 Sept
    Mid-semester break (1 week) (except RCS students) Mon 14 Sept to Sun 20 Sept
    Fifth Rotation Mon 21 Sept to Sun 15 Nov
    Study break (4 days) Mon 16 Nov to Thu 19 Nov
    Examination period Fri 20 Nov to Fri 27 Nov
    Year 4
    Elective Mon 30 Dec 2019 to Sun 2 Feb 2020
    MRSA Testing Week No later than Tues 4 Feb
    First Rotation Mon 10 Feb to Sun 15 Mar
    Second Rotation Mon 16 Mar to Sun 19 April
    Third Rotation Mon 20 April to Sun 24 May
    Mid-semester break (2 weeks) Mon 25 May to Sun 7 June
    Fourth Rotation Mon 8 June to Sun 12 July
    Fifth Rotation Mon 13 July to Sun 16 Aug
    Sixth Rotation Mon 17 Aug to Sun 20 Sep
    Study break (4 days) Mon 21 Sep to Thu 24 Sept
    Examination period Fri 25 Sep to Fri 16 Oct
    Preparation for Internship Mon 19 Oct to Sun 29 Nov
    Dedication/Graduation ceremony TBA (between 8 - 14 December)
  • Doctor of Podiatric Medicine
    Year 1
    Orientation Mon 20 Jan
    First semester Mon 20 Jan to Fri 22 May
    Mid-semester break (1 week) Mon 13 Apr to Fri 17 Apr
    Study break (1 week) Mon 25 May to Fri 29 May
    Examination period Sat 30 May to Sat 13 June
    Vacation (3 weeks) Mon 15 June to Fri 3 July
    Second semester Mon 6 July to Fri 23 Oct
    Mid-semester break (1 week) Mon 28 Sept to Fri 2 Oct
    Study break (1 week) Mon 26 Oct to Fri 30 Oct
    Examination period Sat 31 Oct to Fri 15 Nov
    Years 2 and 3
    First semester Mon 3 Feb to Fri 22 May
    Mid-semester break (1 week) Mon 13 Apr to Fri 17 Apr
    Study break (1 week) Mon 25 May to Fri 29 May
    Examination period Sat 30 May to Fri 12 June
    Vacation (3 weeks) Mon 15 June to Fri 3 July
    Second semester Mon 6 July to Fri 23 Oct
    Mid-semester break (1 week) Mon 28 Sept to Fri 2 Oct
    Study break (1 week) Mon 26 Oct to Fri 30 Oct
    Examination period Mon 2 Nov to Fri 13 Nov
  • Doctor of Podiatric Surgery
    All years
    First semester Mon 3 Feb to Fri 22 May
    Mid-semester break (1 week) Mon 13 Apr to Fri 17 Apr
    Mid-year external placements Mon 4 May to Fri 28 Aug
    Study break (1 week) Mon 25 May to Fri 29 May
    Examination period Sat 30 May to Sat 13 June
    Vacation (3 weeks) Mon 15 June to Fri 3 July
    Second semester Mon 6 July to Fri 6 Nov
    Mid-semester break (1 week) Mon 28 Sept to Fri 2 Oct
    Study break (1 week) Mon 9 Nov to Fri 13 Nov
    Examination period Mon 16 Nov to Fri 27 Nov
    End of year external placements Mon 2 Nov 2020 to Fri 5 Feb 2021
  • Master of Pharmacy
    All Years
    K1A Work Experience commences on or after Monday 2nd December 19 (census 24/1/20)
    K1 First Teaching Period (TP) starts Wed 22 Jan
    Mid-TP break (1 week) Mon 9 March to Fri 13 March
    First TP attendance ends Friday 1 May
    Examination study break (1 week) Mon 4 May to Fri 8 May
    Examination week (1 week) Sat 9 May to Fri 15 May
    Vacation (2 weeks) Mon 18 May to Fri 29 May
    K2 Second TP starts 6 week placement Mon 1 June
    Second TP ends Fri 10 July
    Vacation (2 weeks) Mon 13 July to Fri 24 July
    S2 Third TP^ (Second semester) starts Mon 27 July
    Mid-semester break (1 week) Mon 28 Sept to Fri 2 Oct
    Third TP (Second semester) Teaching ends Friday 23 October
    Study break (1 week) Mon 26 Oct to Fri 30 Oct
    Examination weeks (2 weeks) Sat 31 Oct to Sat 14 Nov
    E5 Fourth TP starts(prereading) Mon 2 Nov
    PUBH5763 Intensive attendance^^ (1 week ) Mon 16 Nov to Fri 20
    PUBH5763 assessment ends Mon 18 Jan 2021

Information for Doctor of Medicine students

Professional Behaviour Policy

Personal and professional development is one of the main themes of a health professions degree at UWA. The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Professional Procedures have been developed to facilitate a consistent and equitable approach to the recording, monitoring and evaluation of misconduct in the area of professionalism and professional behaviour of all students enrolled in coursework programs of study offered by the Faculty.

While the Professional Procedures do not include students undertaking undergraduate majors and research degrees, it is recognised that all UWA students are governed by related policies at the University level. It is intended that the Faculty Policy on Professional Behaviour for Students be read in conjunction with the UWA Regulations for student conduct and discipline and UWA Policy on Academic Conduct. The Professional Procedures can be found in the Schedule of the University Policy on Courses - Experiential Learning.

Progress Rules - Doctor of Medicine

This document sits supplementary to the Doctor of Medicine course rules. It governs what constitutes satisfactory progress in the course and what rules are applied in cases of unsatisfactory progress.

MD Progress Rules 2019 [PDF, 683.2 KB] 

Scholarly activity in the MD

Scholarly Activity Scholarly Activity is a distinctive feature of the UWA MD degree, allowing graduate students to explore the development and application of scholarship in a diverse range of contexts, broadly grouped into three streams: Service, Research, or Coursework.

You will chose your preferred stream, which will become the focus of your scholarly activity undertaken in years two to four of the program. You're encouraged to browse information about available projects and courses and apply for those that may be of interest to you. The Project Expo offers the ability to meet and discuss projects with potential supervisors. Once you've selected a project in a given stream, you will have four units, with at least three of the four units taken in relation to your stream.

Service learning and research streams

The first unit in both the service and research streams is a mandatory preparatory unit, designed to equip you with the basic knowledge and skills needed to undertake your chosen service activity or research project. The remaining three units will preferably be activity based (i.e. a service-based or research project), enabling you to apply the skills you've learnt, and to demonstrate critical thinking in your analyses or reflections on the activity you've undertaken.

Coursework stream

The coursework stream comprises a sequence of four units from an existing postgraduate degree. For example, a selection of four units from the Master of Health Professional Education or Master of Public Health courses. These can subsequently be credited towards that degree.

The Scholarly Activity Database is now available for viewing. Log in using your student number and Pheme password.