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Children's Hospital Westmead Clinical School elective placements

Prepare for your future in paediatric medicine
Taking an elective placement with us will enhance your clinical paediatric knowledge and provide you with hands-on experience in your chosen paediatric specialty.

Updated 22 January 2021: Due to travel restrictions in place related to the COVID-19 pandemic, The University of Sydney Medical School will not be accepting elective placement applications or making elective placement offers until further notice.

The next update is expected to be provided in July 2021. Please check this website then for any updates.

Elective placements

We welcome expression of interest from medical students around the world from accredited universities looking to complete a clinical elective with us. We only accept students in their final year (or close to their final year) of study who are required to undertake a clinical elective component as part of their degree.

In order for elective students to benefit from their clinical placements, we ask that students from non-English speaking countries have the minimum level of English proficiency: IELTS 7 or TOEFL iBT 96 (both written and spoken) before commencing an elective placement.

Available placements

Elective placements with us and any of our affiliated teaching facilities are for a minimum of four weeks and a maximum of six weeks. We do not accept any students during the summer holiday period (December to early January).

To apply, please complete our online expression of interest form.

Please note: students may only complete an elective placement at a single one of our clinical schools. Applying and accepting placements at multiple schools will result in cancellation of the elective placements.

Where possible we try to allocate elective students to the one team/specialty for the length of their elective - if you would like a split elective, please let us know.

Electives are available at the Children's Hospital at Westmead in the following areas of paediatrics:

  • Adolescent medicine
  • Allergy and immunology
  • Anaesthesia
  • Cardiothoracic surgery
  • Child Development Unit
  • Emergency
  • Endocrinology
  • ENT surgery
  • Gastroenterology
  • General medicine (general paediatrics)
  • General surgery (general paediatric surgery)
  • Haematology
  • Infectious diseases
  • Interventional radiology
  • Kids rehabilitation
  • Neonatology
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Oncology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Paediatric intensive medicine
  • Psychological medicine
  • Respiratory

If your application is successful, you will be sent an application pack. The application pack will ask you to submit further documentation such as proof of vaccinations.


Vaccination evidence required is as follows (if supplying vaccinations, batch number and date the vaccine was given will be required)"

  • One adult dose of dTpa (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough)
  • 2 doses of MMR vaccine one month apart or serology which shows positive IgG for MMR
  • 2 doses of varicella vaccine one month apart or serology which shows positive IgG for varicella
  • Attachment 9 hepatitis B Statutory Declaration and serology which shows Anti‐HBs ≥10mIU/mL

Letter from your school

You will also need to supply a letter of recommendation from a senior faculty member of your school confirming that this clinical elective placement is a required component of your medical course. This should clearly state the objectives of the placement.

Criminal record check 

All students entering into a NSW Health facility are required by the NSW Health Department to obtain a National Police Check (NPC). This must be obtained regardless of whether you have ever visited Australia.

The application form and further information can be found on the Australian Federal Police (AFP) website

International students criminal record check

International students will require a National Police Certificate (NPC) as well as a Police Clearance from whichever applies their home country or from the country in which you have spent the majority of the last 12 months. This would usually mean the country in which you study.

Please note

Do not send this information until you have received an offer with an application pack, a full list of the checklist will be provided in the application pack.

 The above documents must be submitted three months prior to the desired commencement date. Students should be aware that some documents (eg. Criminal Record Check, National Police Check) take time to organise.

Once you are offered an elective placement and sent an application pack, it is the responsibility of the elective student to ensure that all documentation is provided as per the specific deadlines outlined in the offer email. Students who do not meet the deadlines may have their placement cancelled.

Elective students are welcome to attend large group lectures (when available), but are not included in smaller group learning sessions.

Elective students will be allocated to a team and as part of their elective will spend time on the wards, attend teaching sessions, Grand Rounds, ward rounds etc.

An elective student program does not correspond to that of a final year student at the University of Sydney and as such, no documentation to that effect will be signed (eg. “same rights and duties” statement).

In order for students to benefit from their placements they are required to have a minimum English level or IELTS 7 or TOEFL IBT 96. It Is assumed that students from non-English speaking countries will have an advanced level of English proficiency both written and spoken before commencing elective placement.

Your university should include in their letter or good standing a paragraph on your English ability: either the language of instruction for your studies is entirely in English; or that they are happy that your English ability is sufficient for you to gain an acceptable level of experience and skills from your elective placement, to satisfy their elective criteria. See conversion table (pdf, 102KB).

Application and elective fees are payable online at OneStop - Elective Fees (not currently accepting payments).

Application fee
  • $200 (non-refundable, non-transferable)

This fee is paid once a placement is allocated on your behalf and you have been notified by email.

Elective fee
  • Elective fee (up to 4 weeks): $900
  • Elective fee (from 5-8 weeks): $1,300

The elective fee is charged once we have confirmed your vaccinations are compliant. The fee is due no more than three weeks after your vaccination approval and you have received notification.


Elective fees do not apply to medical students who have been nominated through a partner institution. See the Office of Global Health for more information.


We generally do not grant refunds if you have to cancel your placement, unless your reasons for cancellation are deemed exceptional. 

If granted, only the elective fee will be refunded and the amount refunded will be based on your date of notification.

Date of notification

Refund amount

Six or more months prior to the start date of your placement 75% of the elective fee
Less than six months and more than three months prior to the start date of your placement 50% of the elective fee
Three months or less to the start of your placement No refund


Clinical Electives Officer
  • +61 2 9845 3389
  • Locked Bag 4001 Westmead NSW