Honorary Clinical Academics

Honorary Clinical Academic Appointments

Graduate School of Medicine (GSM)

Applications are welcome for Honorary Clinical Academic appointments to the Graduate School of Medicine (GSM). The GSM offers Honorary Clinical Academic appointments for health professionals with current Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) registration, who are making a contribution to the School. Honorary Clinical Academic appointments are made at differing levels, depending on the professional and academic qualifications and experience of the applicant. Final decisions are at the discretion of the Graduate School of Medicine and University of Wollongong.

The term “honorary” means that the appointee will not be a paid employee of the university (although we do offer casual payment if honorary staff are involved in making significant, regular and time-consuming contributions to our teaching program). If you are already engaged via a fixed-term or permanent appointment, please discuss your interest in an Honorary Clinical Academic appointment with your supervisor or the Dean of Medicine in the first instance.


Honorary clinical academics enjoy the normal privileges of an academic member of staff and have access to the below resources and opportunities, as well as receiving an honorary clinical title (and a certificate recognising this).

Honoraries are also privileged with the ability to assist in the selection of and the teaching and learning of future clinicians. They are able to include such activities on their CVs for future training roles and recognition. Some specific benefits include:

  • Access to the University’s library facilities and online resources at Wollongong and Shoalhaven campuses
  • Access to the School’s Faculty Development Program (FDP).
  • Opportunities to participate in the strategic direction and development processes of the School.
  • Access to the School’s Learning Centres at Wollongong or Shoalhaven campuses
  • Opportunities to participate in UOW collaborative research activities, UOW-hosted educational, cultural, social and professional development activities.
  • Public recognition of your academic affiliation with the University of Wollongong, including a certificate (upon request) outlining your honorary appointment.

Appointments are available as a Clinical Tutor, Clinical Lecturer, Clinical Senior Lecturer, Clinical Associate Professor, and Clinical Professor. The criteria for appointments are generally consistent with those for standard academic appointments at the University of Wollongong, although the types of evidence that may be accepted as indicating distinction or academic excellence in one’s discipline have been broadened to take into account the different contexts of clinical practice. Honorary Clinical Academic appointments expire within three (3) years, and those who have contributed to the School in some way may be automatically offered an appointment renewal at the end of their appointment term.


  1. To begin the application process, you will first need to complete the self-registration process (if you do not have an internal UOW email address e.g. namea@uow.edu.au. If you already have a UOW IT account you should be able to skip step 1.) Honorary Application Form
  2. Once you have fully completed the self-registration process, please complete your application at the below link: Access Honorary Clinical Academic Online Application Form
  3. Please ensure you have included any attachments required prior to submitting, this can include a copy of your CV or Australian Citizenship details, photo ID (such as a copy of your driver’s license or passport) and copies of relevant qualifications. The University has a legal obligation to ensure that its employees are legally entitled to reside and undertake employment, both in a paid or unpaid capacity, in Australia at all time. A Visa Holder Work Entitlement form must be completed by persons who are not Australian/New Zealand citizens and wish to enter into an employment relationship, either paid or unpaid, with the University. Please contact gsm-honoraries@uow.edu.au if you will require a copy of this form to attach to your application. If you cannot complete all questions, your application can be saved, for completion at another time.
  4. In order to determine what level of appointment you may apply for, please view PART B – Criteria for Honorary Clinical Academics to the Graduate School of Medicine of the UOW Appointment for Visiting and Honorary Academics Policy (PDF).

Applications at the level of Clinical Associate Professor and above must also include a covering letter to  explain why you believe you meet the criteria for appointment at the level sought, as well as two referees (one being a fixed-term or continuing academic employee of the GSM) explaining how you meet the criteria. 

Assessment of applications flowchart (PDF)

Application Checklist

  • Photo ID and copies of qualifications
  • Curriculum Vitae outlining clinical, teaching, research and governance experience
  • Cover Letter addressing case, contribution or commitment (only for Level D or Level E appointments)
  • Two written references, including one from a current GSM academic member of staff (only for Level D or Level E appointments)
  • Visa holder work entitlement form (if applicable)

It is expected that Honorary Clinical Academic staff provide evidence of contributions when their renewal falls due, should they wish to have their Honorary Clinical Academic appointment reinstated for a further three (3) year term.

Accepted activities by categories

Category 1  

Category 2

(any two or more per annum)

Category 3

(any three or more per annum)


  • GP Preceptor
  • Hospital Preceptor
  • Prize/Scholarship contribution


  • Admissions Interviews
  • OSCEs examiners
  • Assessment marking
  • Contribution of Exam questions


  • Research manuscript/ presentation with UOW attribution
  • Research grant submission with a UOW academic
  • Research collaboration with a UOW academic
  • Lecture and/or tutorial
  • Casual CBL /Clinical skills tutoring

If you have any questions regarding the application process please don’t hesitate to contact the Graduate School of Medicine via email at gsm-honoraries@uow.edu.au