UnitingCare Clinical School

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UnitingCare provides educational opportunities for medical students across the UnitingCare hospital group.

Clinical School Warning

Education at UnitingCare 

The UnitingCare Clinical School offers around 270 student placements per year across UnitingCare campuses (including The Wesley Hospital, St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital, Buderim Private Hospital and St Stephens Hospital in Hervey Bay).

At this stage UnitingCare Clinical School accepts elective applications from medical students only.

We offer placements in a wide range of medical and surgical disciplines and try to accommodate first preferences where possible.

The UnitingCare Clinical School provides education in a wide array of disciplines, including:

  • General Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Obstetrics & Gynaecology
  • Paediatrics
  • Cardiology
  • Anaesthetics
  • Orthopaedics
  • Oncology
  • Haematology
  • ICU*
  • ED*

*Not available to first year students/observers.

The UnitingCare Clinical School has many Tutors, Clinical Sub Deans and Discipline Leads in the following areas of specialty: 

  • General Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Obstetrics & Gynaecology
  • Paediatric

If you’re interested in a clinical placement at one of our hospitals, please complete the UnitingCare Clinical School Enquiry Form to begin the process. Please provide at least 12 weeks’ notice prior to commencement of your placement.

Please note: Non-refundable enquiry and placement fees are payable and UCCS cannot guarantee the availability of clinical placements.

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Why UnitingCare Hospitals?

  • Locations: Two inner city locations (the Wesley and St Andrew's War Memorial hospital), plus two Queensland coastal communities (Buderim Private Hospital and St Stephens Hospital in Hervey Bay) makes UnitingCare Clinical School a great option for clinical placements.
  • Experience in a private hospital setting: Our hospitals are some of Queensland's largest, and are well-reputed private hospitals.
  • Opportunities to work with some of Queensland's leading medical specialists.
  • Exposure to a varied case mix: the hospitals have a range of specialties including Cardiology, Cardiac Catheter Theatres, Cardiac Surgery, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Intensive Care, Emergency Centre, Endoscopy Unit, Medical / Neurosciences Unit, General Surgery Unit, Orthopaedic Surgery, Neurosurgery, same-day surgery, and Rehabilitation.

Read about the experiences of students who have completed a placement with UnitingCare Clinical School here.


For more information, please contact the UnitingCare Clinical School Medical Education Coordinators: medical.school@uchealth.com.au

The placements are available for electives only and are not to be considered as an intricate assessed placement. UCCS may extend opportunities for visiting students to attend tutorials, but will not provide summative assessment or formal teaching sessions for your approved elective placement.

Be sure to read our frequently asked questions page if you have any queries. You can also learn more about the regions where you are seeking placement. Click on the helpful guides below. 

Learn more about Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and Hervey Bay.

Past Clinical School participants

blockquote My name is Dominic Gilliand and I studied at the University of Zurich in Switzerland.

Dominic Gilliand I’ve had a great time here at The Wesley Hospital, you have all been extremely welcoming, helpful and genuinely nice to me as an international student which has allowed me to integrate quickly and feel comfortable around the hospital and towards my peer students.

I highly appreciated this and will keep this experience as a very memorable one for me! Thank you!


blockquoteMy name is Marta Martin Munoz. Thanks to The Wesley Hospital for providing me with this amazing opportunity and thanks to all the doctors who have made my stay more pleasant. Marta Martin Munoz student testimonial

I have been very comfortable in the theatres and learned a lot! I’ve really enjoyed every second of this placement and would, without a doubt, recommend students undertaking their elective here! All the best and muchas gracias!


blockquote My name is Carmen Arquero Dominguez, a medical student from Spain, having had the opportunity to attend both surgeries and tutorials at The Wesley Hospital has been an absolute dream.

Carmen Dominguez student testimonial The placement has been an amazing way to broaden my horizons. It has strengthened my resolve to pursue this career no matter where I am in the world.

Overall I am grateful for this once in a lifetime experience which would not have been possible without the help of the school staff and kindness and patience of all the doctors.

blockquoteMy name is Anthony and I’m a fifth year medical student from the European University Cyprus School of Medicine. Anthony Kiosoglous student testimonialI choose to come to Uniting Care clinical school to experience both the Australian private health care system and be amongst specialist surgeons and clinical staff.

From the first day I was welcomed with an organised program and immediately I felt apart of the clinical team whilst seeing all aspects of patient care pathways. I’d recommend anyone with a willingness to learn to apply for a clinical elective in their chosen specialty.

For me I chose orthopedics as I’m an aspiring surgeon with little experience in this field. The surgeons are willing to teach and allow you to actively participate in ward rounds theatre and tutorials.