Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Medical electives for visiting students


Further information

How to apply

Expressions of interest expected to open in late January 2019 for the period from 1st December 2019 to end of January 2020.


Important information for applicants


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

  • Accident and emergency
  • Anaesthetics
  • Cardiology
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Communicable Diseases
  • Dermatology
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Geriatrics and Extended Care
  • Haematology
  • ICU
  • Immunology
  • Liver Transplant Unit
  • Medicine
  • Nephrology (Renal Medicine)
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Oncology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Oral Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Otolaryngology (ENT)
  • Paediatrics
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Pulmonary Physiology
  • 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.

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

Expressions of interest will open mid January 2019 for the period from 1 December 2019 to 21 January 2020.

Placements in all disciplines are limited especially during the Christmas New Year holiday period. 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.

Immunisation compliance

There are mandatory health screening requirements that must be met:

Health care worker immunisation policy (pdf. updated 19 April 2017)

Health care worker immunisation policy (word doc. updated 19 April 2017)


Evidence of public liability; professional indemnity/medical malpractice and personal accident insurance cover is required for the period of the placement and must be provided 2 months before the start date.


Visas are issued at the discretion of Australian Immigration. Clinical Elective Placements are classed as observation visits, not training/research. A visitor visa, is appropriate but conditions can vary. For advice consult the Australian Government representative in your country.

Rural clinical elective placements

Expressions of interest are considered for rural placements for a maximum of 6 weeks:

1. Placement from July to August: applications open February. Email electives@rcswa.edu.au

2. Placement from December to January open July. Email electives@rcswa.edu.au. Include your disciplinary and site preference together with specific dates.

Placement Fee

International medical students: AUD$1000; Australian & New Zealand medical students: $220