Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Medical electives for visiting students


Further information

How to apply

The visiting elective program is currently closed. There will be no expressions of interest considered for the period from Dec 2019 to end Jan 2020.  


Important information for applicants


Limited Paediatric electives are available and no Obstetrics and Gynaecology electives are offered. Depending on availability placements are possible in the following areas:

  • Accident and emergency
  • Anaesthetics
  • Cardiology
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Dermatology
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Geriatrics and Extended Care
  • Haematology
  • ICU
  • Liver Transplant Unit
  • Nephrology (Renal Medicine)
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Otolaryngology (ENT)
  • Paediatrics
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Radiology
  • Rehab Medicine
  • Respiratory Medicine
  • Rheumatology
  • Sexual Health
  • Surgery
  • Trauma
  • Urology

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

The visiting elective program is under review and the Academic Services team is not currently accepting expressions of interest. Information will be provided when available. 

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 8 weeks
  • Compliance with hospital health screening requirements and insurances
  • Payment of the administrative fee:
    • International medical students: AUD$1000
    • Australian & 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.

Please refer to further important information for prospective applicants.

Rural clinical elective placements

Placement timeframes and Application submissions dates:

Submission Commencement
Submission DeadlineReview
July/August 2020
1 November 2019
31 December 2019
January 2020
December 2020/January 2021
1 February 2020
30 April 2020
June 2020

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

Rural clinical elective placements are for a maximum of four weeks.

Email notification will be sent regarding the outcome of your application (please allow a minimum of four weeks from the review date). Please note that due to extremely limited availability and high demand rural clinical elective placements are not guaranteed.

Placement Fee

International medical students: AUD$1000; Australian & New Zealand medical students: $220; UWA & Notre Dame Fremantle medical students: No fee

Click here for online applications

 Rural Clinical School location