UnitingCare Health Clinical School

clinical students at patient bedside

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

The UnitingCare Health Clinical School offers around 270 student placements per year across UnitingCare Health campuses (including The Wesley Hospital, St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital, ​Buderim Private Hospital and in the future, here at St Stephens Hospital in Hervey Bay. The UnitingCare Health Clinical School is affiliated with Bond University, The University of Queensland and Griffith University and also offers International Elective Student Placements to overseas students.

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

  • General Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Women's Health
  • Paediatrics
  • Mental Health
  • Aged Care and Cancer Care
  • Critical Care
  • Intensive Care
  • Anaesthetics
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Cardiology
  • Palliative Care

Amongst the 288 tutors, The UnitingCare Health Clinical School has 9 leads in the following areas of speciality:

  • 2 General Medicine Leads
  • 2 Surgery Leads
  • 1 Women's Health Lead
  • 2 Paediatric Leads
  • 1 Critical Care Lead
  • 1 Interdisciplinary Lead

There are also 2 Clinical Sub Deans.

For more information, please contact Head of School John Allan, or Deputy Head Doug Cavaye on 07 3232 6296.

Post Graduate Medical Education

Intern programs are offered at The Wesley Hospital and St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital. Please contact the hospitals directly for more information.

Registrar Programs (Fellowships)

Registrar programs across UnitingCare Health enable the development of core competencies and extensive expertise relevant to the area of practice.

Buderim Private Hospital offers a Psychiatry Registrar position and St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital are currently running an Intensive Care Unit and an Emergency Services registrar training program. The Wesley Hospital also offer a number of positions.

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.

The 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.

Anna Kermond

blockquoteMy name is Oluwayemi Omotoso and I recently graduated from Medicine at The University of Queensland. Oluwayemi Omotoso I 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.

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.

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