Clinical Electives for Non-UOW Students

Clinical Elective Information

Length of Elective

  • 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 December - No placements over the Christmas holidays.


  • There will be no formal credit or assessment given for the Clinical Electives placements. We offer these placements to Medical Students as an opportunity to broaden their experiences.
  • We can not offer placements to students who require their clinical electives to be a substantial component of their medicine degree and require credit or University stamp or statement from the Head of the School of Medicine.

Entry Requirements

  • You need to be in the final year of your medicine course at a recognised institution at the time of your placement
  • must have at least 2 years of clinical experience
  • Students need to be proficient in both written and spoken English and will need to provide proof of proficiency levels
  • Must be in good academic standing with your home University
  • Students require a criminal record check/statement from the appropriate authority within their own country. You should apply for this at the time of application. It is a most important document. Applicants are required to forward this statement to UOW with the application form.
  • Student responsible for their own travel and living expenses
  • Student responsible for their own travel and health insurance
  • Cover from their home University for Public Liability, Medical Malpractice and Personal Accident insurance for the period of placement. They will not be covered by UOW.
  • Visas – The UOW will not sponsor clerkship applicants. Visa requirements should be discussed with their nearest Australian Diplomatic Mission. Found on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website

Expression of Interest

Students should complete the  and email it to the  for review. Once a placement has been found an application form will be forwarded to the applicant for completion.

Number of students admitted each year

Acceptance is at the discretion of the Regional Hospital Facilitators and is subject to student numbers and facilities available at the time.


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. Processing of your application will not be undertaken without receipt of fee.

Tuition fees will be waived by the Dean

Checklist [PDF 36KB]

Conditions of Acceptance

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


Students are responsible for all travel and living costs. No remuneration will be given for their elective. Students are responsible for their own accommodation. 


You are required to be in regular attendance and must provide a Doctors certificate if absent 2 days or more.


Maintenance of your appearance is essential as you will be interacting with the public and patients daily.

  • Identification cards and name badges must be worn at all times
  • Males should wear a collared shirt, no t-shirts
  • Females should be modestly dressed with no low cut tops, bare midriffs or short skirts
  • No Jeans
  • Shoes – toes should be covered
  • Theatre scrubs must not be worn around the hospital
  • White coats are not worn


The University of Wollongong's Graduate Medicine does not provide medical malpractice insurance for non University of Wollongong medical students.

You will need to provide written proof from your University that you are covered by insurance for public and professional liability, medical malpractice and personal accident insurance, during your elective placement in Australia.

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 should be arranged before coming to Australia. You will need to provide proof of personal health insurance, this could be included within your travel insurance or you may be covered by your 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. No remuneration will be given for their elective.

NSW Health Mandatory Requirements

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

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.

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 ‘Privacy Undertaking’ form agreeing to comply with privacy law and all NSW Health policies at orientation.


From Sydney International airport you can make your own way to Wollongong 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.


We can not advise you on your visa requirements as it differs around the world. All students visiting Australia for electives require a visa. We recommend that all overseas applicants should contact their nearest Australian Diplomatic Mission with respect to visa requirements preferably BEFORE you complete your application. The location of your nearest Australian Mission can be found on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website. We suggest you apply for your visa promptly as it can take time.

Visitor information

The Illawarra is a beautiful area and we hope you also take this opportunity to find that out. Please take time to visit the beaches, towns and attractions and see what the region has to offer.

Carol Kendall
Student Placement Officer

Location: Level 8 Block C, Wollongong Hospital

Mailing Address:

SMAH Student Placement Team 154/ 41
Faculty of Science, Medicine & Health
c/o Faculty Office
University of Wollongong NSW 2522 Australia

T +61 2 4221 3618


CRICOS Provider No: 00102E