UnitingCare Clinical School

clinical students at patient bedside

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

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
  • Mental Health
  • Cancer care
  • Cardiology
  • Critical care

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
  • Critical Care

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.

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.

About

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.


Clinical School Placement Recommendations

blockquoteMy name is Oluwayemi Omotoso and I recently graduated from Medicine at The University of Queensland. Oluwayemi OmotosoI was unsure about doing my rotations in a private hospital having done them for a year in the public system, but I am glad I did.

I had the opportunity to do two rotations at The Wesley Hospital in my final year and I absolutely loved it. The consultants were willing to teach and the best thing about the teaching experience for me was that I was not in competition with any registrar or resident or medical student. I was able to learn at the feet of the consultant directly. You can’t get that at a public hospital most of the time.


blockquoteMy name is Anna Kermond and I am 22 and originally from Gympie. I’m a fourth year medical student from Bond University, which I started after one year of Pharmacy at Griffith University. Anna KermondThe Wesley Hospital and the UnitingCare Health Clinical School is uniquely brilliant for many reasons. A big plus for me was the one-on-one teaching I received from consultants.

These are people at the top of their field and I was fortunate enough to follow them around and absorb their knowledge in an everyday working setting, not just a classroom. Another positive experience was all the supporting staff – heads of school, the admin team, allied health and the Wesley volunteers. Everyone was always more than happy to point me in the right direction when I was wondering the halls looking hopelessly lost and for that I am forever grateful. I experienced a very warm welcome from everyone and it would be a privilege to return as part of the Wesley workforce some day.


blockquote My name is Anzel Jansen van Rensburg and I am a fourth year Medical student from Bond University. Prior to starting medicine I completed a Bachelor of Science (Medical Science) degree and a postgraduate diploma in Applied Science at QUT.

Anzel Jansen van Rensburg I was fortunate enough to be given the chance to spend my first clinical year of medicine at The Wesley Hospital. I am very grateful for the time I have spent there. I had the opportunity to learn directly from consultants who are at the forefront of their specialties. The doctors created a friendly and nurturing environment, which made my learning a pleasant experience. They took the time and effort to teach me aspects of medicine which I will carry with me into my career as a doctor.

I would also like to extend my appreciation to Associate Professor John Allan and the clinical school team for all their hard work in coordinating our learning experience.