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Sydney Adventist Hospital Clinical School elective placements

We regret to advise that elective placements are not available in 2020 or 2021
Advance your clinical experience and learn vital skills for providing compassionate medical care with an elective clinical placement in NSW's largest private hospital.

Due to the unforeseen coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and the significant impact on health services and our clinical academic workforce, Sydney Medical School at the University of Sydney will not be making any elective placement offers until further notice. Please check this website in September 2020 for any updates

Elective placements

Elective placements are not available in 2020 or 2021.

The University of Sydney Adventist Hospital Clinical School welcomes elective applications from international and Australian medical students in their final or penultimate years of medical studies. Given the limited number of elective placements offered each year, and because our clinical school is located within the largest non-for-profit private hospital in New South Wales, clinical electives are highly competitive.

Electives are generally offered for between 3 and 8 weeks, with limited opportunity for longer-term placements. Please note that we are unable to offer elective placements to students from universities where the majority of teaching is delivered online as students are expected to have a reasonable amount of prior experience in taking histories and examining patients in a clinical setting.

Available placements

We offer a range of placements in both medicine and surgery, subject to availability. We ask that you indicate your preferred placement type at the time of application. Sydney Adventist Hospital Clinical School reserves the right to change a student's elective placement if the relevant department is no longer able to accept them.

How to apply

To make an initial application for an elective with Sydney Adventist Hospital Clinical School, students are required to submit the following documents via email. Please ensure you provide all the requested information as outlined in these forms:

Accepting your offer

Once a placement is offered, students are required to pay the application fee and supply the following documentation via email or post:

  • Pay the $200.00 AU application fee online via OneStop (not currently accepting payments).
  • Submit your evidence of vaccination protection (via email).
  • Organise a Criminal Record Check from the country where you are currently residing (in English or with a certified translation and with a 3 year validity).
  • Organise a National Police Check from the Australian Federal Police. The application form and further information can be found on the AFP website.
  • Once your application and associated documentation is complete and satisfactory, you will be asked to pay the Elective Fee online via OneStop (not currently accepting payments).

The above documents must be submitted to Sydney Adventist Hospital Clinical School no later than three months after the conditional offer is emailed to you. Students should be aware that some documents (e.g. Criminal Record Check, National Police Check) take time to organise.

Students who wish to apply for an elective and are hoping to start in less than three months time should email the Electives Coordinator for advice before submitting an application package.

In accepting an elective placement, you will be required to abide by the guidelines of the University, the hospital and your supervisor.

  • Acceptance of applications for elective terms is at the discretion of the Head of School and subject to load and local considerations.
  • All elective placements must be co-ordinated via the clinical school and students should not apply directly to a potential supervisor or department head.
  • Assessments are not offered to elective students.
  • Students must organise their own accommodation arrangements.
  • Sydney Adventist Hospital Clinical School reserves the right to change a student's elective placement if the relevant department is no longer able to accept them.
  • No student will be allowed to commence an elective placement unless all the documents on the Checklist for Elective Application have been received by the Electives Coordinator.
  • Receipt of an application does not guarantee an offer of a placement. Placements are processed on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • Sydney Adventist Hospital Clinical School reserves the right to cancel a placement in the event that documentation provided by the student is incomplete or unsatisfactory.

It is the responsibility of the overseas applicant to contact their nearest Australian Consulate with respect to visa requirements. A tourist visa will allow entry and stay in Australia for the purpose of study/training for a period of up to 3 months. Any stay in excess of 3 months may require an Occupational Trainee Visa.

Language Proficiency

It is assumed that overseas elective students will have a reasonable proficiency of intermediate English before commencing an elective placement. A minimum English level of IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL 600 (100-iBT, 250-CBT) is required and should have their University state this in their letter of good standing.


There are mandatory vaccinations required before you can train in any NSW health facility. Please see NSW Health policy directive for more information.



Students should not pay any fees until a formal offer is made. Application and elective fees are payable online at OneStop (not currently accepting payments) upon acceptance of a formal offer.

  • Application fee: $200 AUD (non refundable)
  • Elective fee (up to 4 weeks): $900 AUD
  • Elective fee (up to 5-8 weeks): $1,300 AUD
  • Elective fee (for electives over 8 weeks): $500 AUD per week
The elective fee is charged once we have confirmed your application and associated documentation is complete and satisfactory. Payment is due no more than three weeks after a placement has been allocated on your behalf and you have received notification.


Students may be able to postpone their placement as long as the student provides at least 3 months notice and as long as the new commencement date is within 12 months. If the 12 month deferment period lapses with no new placement commencing, the elective fee becomes non-refundable.

Please note, it is the student’s responsibility to make contact in regard to a new placement once the next year’s placements have been released. Students are liable for any fee increases that take place during their deferment period.


Application Fees: These fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Elective Fees : If a student cancels their placement, they may be eligible for a refund, depending on the reasons for cancellation.

Sydney Adventist Hospital Clinical School

All electives enquiries should be forwarded to Administration Assistant, Ms Louise Cameron