Medical students from Universities around Australia may have, as a part of their medical course, the opportunity to spend some time in another health service in a clinical area of interest to them. These rotations are often called "elective' terms.
Please note due to COVID-19, our program is closed for the 2020/2021 Summer placement.

Medical Student Placement

Ballarat Health Services can offer experiences across a variety of clinical areas for elective placements requested by medical students. The clinical areas may include:

  • Anaesthetics
  • Emergency
  • General Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Intensive Care Unit
  • Obstetrics & Gynaecology
  • Paediatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • Specialised Medicine (Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Oncology, Geriatrics, Rehabilitation, Palliative Care)
  • Specialised Surgery (Urology, ENT, Orthopaedics)

Exposure to working in a major regional hospital offers many opportunities for medical student including:

  • More "hands on" experience
  • The opportunity to work closely with interns, and
  • The exposure to a wide variety of clinical problems across a broad spectrum of patients

When can I apply for a work experience placement?

Applications for 2021/2022 will open in March 2021 and close in June 2021.
Placements are offered in August, with all paperwork to be submitted in September.
October second round offers will be made with all paperwork to be submitted within 2 weeks.

Conditions of participation

Our program is offered to students who have successfully completed their second year of study at an Australian University.

How long are work experience placements?

Placements are for a minimum of two weeks between Monday to Friday, hours will vary dependent on the department.

When do placements occur?

Placements will occur from the end of November through to the middle of January. A special request can be made for a placement during the year, although our onsite universities fill these spots, and a place may only be available if they have had a student withdraw.


  • Student Placement Agreement (Signed by your University) and Schedule 3
  • Medical Student Details Form and Internal consent
  • Immunisation Checklist
  • Police check within 12 months of commencement date
  • Victorian Working with Children
  • Statement of Privacy and Confidentiality
  • 100 points of ID
  • Photo (to be distributed to placement team)
  • Any additional paperwork required by your university


These documents should be sent to Student Credentialing Officer, Chief Medical Office, Ballarat Health Services, BRICC L4, PO Box 577, Ballarat, Victoria, 3353, or emailed to 


Accommodation may be available through the Melbourne University Rural Clinical School, please contact Sally Gill The manager of the facilities service for further details.
Ballarat Health Services also has accommodation available for medical students. Places are limited and are on a first come, first serve basis.
To obtain information about BHS accommodation you can contact the BHS Accommodation manager on 5320 4556 or email

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