Clinical Electives for Non-UOW Students

The University of Wollongong’s Graduate School of Medicine offers clinical elective/clerkship placements to final year Medical Students from around the world as an opportunity to broaden their experiences.

The Graduate School of Medicine does not offer extended exchange programs for students enrolled in a Medicine degree.

Our affiliation with the Illawarra and Shoalhaven local health district allows students to experience a busy Australian hospital in an inviting location. It is the region’s largest tertiary referral hospital, Wollongong Hospital.


  • A limited number of Non-Award Clinical Elective Placements are available.  Applications will be assessed on a case by case basis.
  • Applications from domestic students will be assessed case by case. Preference will be given to those that have secured an Internship within the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District. 

Clinical Elective Information


Wollongong hospital is the primary teaching hospital for the Graduate School of Medicine. There are times that we may not be able to accommodate incoming students due to capacity. To try to accommodate students we state that:

  • You may only apply for one (1) Clinical Elective placement
  • Minimum of four (4) weeks up to eight (8) weeks
  • Placements are only available from Mid-January to Mid-July
  • No placements over the Christmas holidays. Mid-December to Mid-January

Entry Requirements

  • You need to be in the final year of your medicine course at a recognised institution at the time of your placement. The elective placement needs to be a requirement of your degree
  • Students must have at least 2 years of clinical experience prior to the start of the placement
  • Must be in good academic standing with your home University
  • Students are responsible for their own travel and living expenses
  • Students are responsible for their own travel and health insurance
  • Students must ensure they are covered for Public Liability, medical malpractice and personal accident insurance for the period of the placement. They will not be covered by UOW.
  • We cannot offer placements to students who require their clinical electives to be a substantial component of their medicine degree and require credit or a University stamp or statement from the Dean of the Graduate School of Medicine
  • UOW will not give formal credit or assessment for the clinical elective placement


All students are required to pay a non-refundable administration fee:

  • $200 for Domestic students (Students enrolled in an Australian University
  • $300 for International students (Students enrolled in an overseas University)

Payment details are on the application form. Application forms will be forwarded once placement found. Processing of your application will not be undertaken without receipt of fee.

Tuition fees will be waived by the Dean

English Test requirement from IELTS or TOEFL

Students need to be proficient in both written and spoken English and will need to provide proof of proficiency levels

  • A minimum IELTS score of 7.0, plus the following band scores:
    7.0 in reading and listening; and
    7.0 in speaking and writing
  • A minimum TOEFL iBT total score of 94 and the following minimum score in each section of the test
    24 for listening,
    24 for reading,
    27 for writing, and
    23 for speaking.


UOW cannot advise students on visa requirements as it differs around the world. All students visiting Australia for clinical medical elective placements require a visa. UOW will not sponsor students for a visa for a clinical medical elective placement. You are not formally studying at the University. 

Visa requirements should be discussed with their nearest Australian Diplomatic Mission which can be found at the Department of Home Affairs     

Conditions of Acceptance

In accepting an elective placement, the student will be required to abide by the guidelines of the University of Wollongong, the Hospital to which they are appointed to and their allocated supervisor.

No remuneration will be given for the elective placement


Students are required to be in regular attendance. If you are going to be absent please advise your team and the placement team at

Registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (APHRA)

Australia's national registration and accreditation scheme began on 1 July 2010. The scheme is governed by nationally consistent legislation, the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009 (the national law) as in force in each State and Territory. The role of the Boards under national law is to protect the public.

The National law requires the Medical Board of Australia to register as a student any person for whom the University of Wollongong arranges clinical training, and that they are not enrolled in an approved program of study.

Your initial details are forwarded to the Board by the placement facilitator and require no action by the student. Please read the attached link for your responsibilities. The Board will be notified by the University on completion of your clinical placement.

Please refer to the Fact Sheet and FAQs on the AHPRA website.

NSW Health-ISLHD Mandatory Requirements

Before a student can commence a placement in a NSW Health facility, students must be meet the mandatory requirements – please refer to ISLHD – Student Compliance

Privacy Issues

Privacy rights in Australia are regulated by law. In the state of New South Wales privacy is covered by the Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002 (HRIP Act) and the Privacy of Personal Information Protection Act 1988 (PPIPA). The NSW Health Privacy Manual for Health Information provides operational guidance for health service staff to the legislative obligations imposed by the HRIP Act. The document outlines procedures to support compliance with the Act in any activity that involves personal health information. You will be required to sign a ‘Confidentiality Undertaking’ form agreeing to comply with privacy law.

Submit application a minimum of 4 months prior to placement

Application Booklet

Students are required to complete and email an application form for NON AWARD 912 Medical Practicum Program to

Include all additional documents listed on the form.

Once a placement is confirmed we will process your application, this may take up to 6 weeks. A letter of confirmation will be emailed to you.

Student Compliance documents will then need to be submitted 3 months prior to the placement start date.

Additional documents to be provided with application booklet:


Students will need to provide

  • a copy of their birth certificate or passport and
  • a copy of their Student ID issued by their tertiary Institution.

Academic standing

Students must be in good academic standing with their home University and will need to provide

  • a copy of their academic standing and
  • a letter of good standing from their Medical School


Students need to provide evidence of insurance cover provided by their home University, during your elective placement in Australia, for

  • public and professional liability, medical malpractice and personal accident insurance,

If your university's medical insurance does not cover your malpractice and indemnity needs you will need to obtain cover before commencing the placement.

More information can be found at the following websites:

Personal Health Insurance (International students)

Students are responsible for their own travel and health insurance and should be arranged before coming to Australia. They will need to provide proof of personal health insurance, this could be included within their travel insurance or be covered by their home university.

The Australian Government has reciprocal healthcare agreements with the governments of Finland, the Republic of Ireland, Italy, Malta, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden and the UK. This entitles you to limited subsidised health services for immediate, necessary treatment while visiting Australia. It does not cover any healthcare cost you may incur en route to or from Australia. So you should take this into consideration.

Students are responsible for all travel and living costs as no remuneration will be given for their elective.

English Test results from IELTS or TOEFL (Where English is not your first language)

Students need to be proficient in both written and spoken English and will need to provide proof of proficiency levels refer to minimum scores in requirements.

Curriculum Vitae

An introduction to yourself.

Three months prior to placement you will need to provide documents to confirm your student compliance.

It is a requirement that ALL students (domestic and international) are required to provide verification documents to Illawarra and Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD) for verification.

Please refer to ISLHD – Student Compliance for reference and forms

  • Student ID (Copy Of ID issued by your Tertiary Institution)
  • Australian National Police Certificate
  • Overseas Police Check – Overseas students only (OR Declaration)
  • Student Undertaking/Declaration – Appendix 6
  • TB Assessment Tool – Appendix 7
  • Blood Borne Virus Declaration
  • Code of Conduct agreement for Students

Evidence of Immunisations and Vaccinations

You will need to provide evidence of your immunisation on a NSW record card: Download a copy from here record-card-hcws-students.pdf (

Your General Practitioner (GP) or Health Care Nurse must complete the latest version of the Vaccination Card. DT20_108964_Student_Compliance_page_What_constitutes_evidence_of_vaccin....pdf (

Please ensure your practitioner signs and practice stamps each individual entry. International students, please sent your documents in English format.

Covid vaccinations

Student must adhere to current Public Health Orders Public Health Orders and restrictions - COVID-19 (Coronavirus) (

Students must provide evidence of at least 2 doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine

Serology reports

Hepatitis B - A serology report must be provided if you have had a fully course of the Hepatitis B vaccine.

MMR/Varicella – If your GP has documented proof of age appropriate doses no serology is required. However, if your GP has documented on your vaccination card any MMR / Varicella serology results, you must provide a copy of these results.

Two weeks prior to placement

Whilst on placement students are required to comply with relevant policies, guidelines and procedures. There are mandatory NSW Health training modules that must be completed before placement. They are available on the My Health Learning system and can be accessed 13 days prior to placement. My Health Learning is accessed using the student’s StaffLink ID. If the student has worked or been on placement in NSW previously, they would of already have access to My Health Learning and completed training will be rolled over. If a student has never attended a placement in NSW then they will received an email from HETI with login details 13 days out from placement.


Students are required to find their own accommodation for the duration of the placement.

Students are responsible for their own travel and living expenses.

Travelling to the Gong

The easiest way to get to the Gong from Sydney International airport is via train

At the end of the International Terminal Arrivals hall there is an escalator that goes down to a train station platform. You should make enquiries at the information desk to find out the platform number and time of the train to Wolli Creek Station. At Wolli Creek Station you will have to change. You need the South Coastline to WOLLONGONG STATION, not North Wollongong. Once in Wollongong, a Free bus service operates between the University, Hospital and city centre. Number 55 A or C (anti-clockwise or clockwise).

Wollongong (the Gong) and the Illawarra region

Medicine Placement Team

Phone: +61 2 4221 3990