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Medical Elective Placement Program

Applications for elective placements between Nov 2021 – Jan 2022 are now closed.
New applications for 22/23 will be considered after 10th Jan 2022.

Northeast Health Wangaratta (NHW) offer the opportunity for visiting medical students to undertake elective placement. NHW define visiting medical students as those who are seeking to complete a medical elective placement whilst enrolled in the final two years of a medical program at a recognised tertiary education provider (in Victoria, interstate or overseas).

Elective placements are scheduled during;

  • June each yearThree medical students practising on CPR on a manikin in a hospital environment with a four student taking notes.
  • Mid November- Mid December each year
  • January each year

Applications will be accepted no later than 6 months prior to the desired commencement date and no earlier than 12 months in advance of the proposed elective date – any applications submitted 12 months or more in advance will be deleted.

The placements are for electives only, and the health service is unable to provide summative assessments or formal teaching sessions as part of these electives.

Applicants are not permitted to contact medical professionals directly to make elective placement arrangements. NHW cannot guarantee the availability of clinical placements, and may not be able to source a place for every applicant.

Type of placements potentially available upon application:
Medical, Surgical, Anaesthetics, Obstetrics, Paediatrics, Emergency Medicine and Rehab/GEM

More information

Our elective placements are clinically based allocations. Students will be expected to participate in the activities of the unit while under the supervision of hospital staff, where there will be many opportunities to engage in clinical activities in relation to patient assessment and patient care.

All elective placements are now only available for a maximum of eight weeks and a minimum of two weeks. We will try our best to accommodate your first preference; however, due to the number of applications we receive, we cannot guarantee that the clinical placements requested will always be available.

Candidates who are successful in their application will be required to undertake NHWs orientation program and submit all legal documents as required

Attendance: You are expected to attend your elective placement from Monday to Friday during normal business hours. Failure to do so will result in your attendance form being signed off only for days attended.

Medical student practises suturing on a piece of pig skin.

International students

If you are from overseas you may be required to apply for a visa to enter Australia.

NHW cannot provide information to international students regarding visas. For more information about the type of visa you require, or the conditions of your visa, please contact the Department of Home Affairs.

NHW will not act as a sponsor for students who wish to undertake their elective placement.

It is the student’s obligation to ensure they have the correct visa for the placement.

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide a certification or proof of English Language proficiency. This can be in the form of a certificate from your home University or IELTS results. The IELTS results need to be an overall score of 7.0 and a score of 7.0 in each sub-band (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) within 2 years of your application.

How to apply

If would like to apply for a placement at Northeast Health Wangaratta, please complete the Application for Undergraduate Medical Elective.pdf and submit via email with other documents as listed on the form to students@nhw.org.au to the NHW Medical Electives Coordinator.