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
- 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 GMfirstname.lastname@example.org
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 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.