Applications for this program are open to all Queensland, interstate and international medical students who have completed at least 1 semester of clinical training. International students must be in the final year of their degree at the time of the placement. The placements for these electives are available for a maximum of 8 weeks. There are only a limited number of placements available in a wide range of medical and surgical disciplines across the 3 hospitals in North Queensland. You will be asked to list your preferred disciplines as well as your preferred locations on your application. All requests are considered first on the availability of a place in their preferred disciplines, at their nominated preferred hospitals for the time period requested. We do our best to find a suitable placement, however, there is no guarantee that your application will be successful.
Please ensure you have reviewed all of the information on the pages below to ensure you have a full understanding of the application process involved before submitting your application. Students are reminded not to contact clinicians directly to apply – all applications made directly via clinicians will not be approved.
Applicants are required to upload the below supporting documentation in the online application form: (Refer Supporting Documents for the appropriate forms and further information)
Letter of Recommendation
Academic Record – current
Curriculum Vitae – current
Clinical Elective Placement Indemnity and Insurance Forms
All applicants for clinical elective placement must follow the process below. No elective placement arrangements are to be made directly with hospital doctors. Due to the program’s increased popularity and the demand on the hospitals by increasing local student numbers, placements are not offered in all disciplines. There is also no guarantee an offer of placement will be made.
The process is broken down into steps. Although the final supporting documentation is not required to be completed until the applicant is informed of their success, if applicants wish, they may commence gathering the required documentation in anticipation.
Reminder: all documentation must be in English.
1. Placement block dates made available and applications open. Applications will remain open until 6 weeks before the start of a placement block. All applications for each placement block will be reviewed once applications are closed.
2. Students complete the online application form, upload the required supporting documents and pay the application fee (unless not required by our policy).
Ensure to carefully read through the information below to identify which forms you must provide.
JCU requires indemnity and insurance for the applicant. Option A (Form 1a and Form 1b) is preferred and desirable however if this is not possible then the student must complete Option B (Forms 2a and 2b). Option C relates to select Australian University students only.
Option A - Preferred
The student’s university agrees to indemnify and insure the student. The applicant and their university MUST complete and sign the following forms:
The Clinical Elective Placement Indemnity Form requires the applicant’s university to hold adequate public liabilityinsurance (AUD $20,000,000.00) and medical indemnity insurance (AUD $20,000,000.00) to cover the student whilst on the placement.
The applicant must provide a copy of their university’s policy/certificate of currency for each type of insurance. Requirements regarding insurance policies:
Overseas Certificate of Currency should be written in English.
If the amounts in the Certificate of Currency are in foreign currency, the equivalent of these amounts must be specified in Australian Dollars.
The Certificate of Currency should specify the type of insurance for example, comprehensive public liability or medical indemnity insurance.
The Insurance Ratings should be shown in the Certificate of Currency. The acceptable ratings are AAA (High, Very Strong), or AA+ (High, Strong).
Policies must be confirmed if “occurrence based”
NOTE: If the above requirements are not clear from the policy/certificate of currency, the Clinical Electives Coordinator will request the applicant to ask their university to provide written confirmation from the insurer itself.
Option B - Compulsory if Option A is not completed
The student’s university is not able to insure the student on placement in Australia. In this instance the following forms MUST be completed in full:
Evidence of this Insurance compliance MUST be uploaded in the supporting documents section on the application form.
Option C - Exception (Australian University Students only)
If the indemnity form is not applicable because the applicant’s university has a Placement Deed in place with Queensland Health, then the applicant MUST tick the relevant box on the application form in the supporting documents section and organise with their university to complete and forward a QHealth Schedule to the appropriate QHealth District covering the applicant’s clinical elective placement.
Medicine placement locations and length
Placements are offered in a wide range of disciplines in Cairns, Townsville and Mackay. Every effort is made to accommodate your first preference, then second or third; however, there is NO guarantee of availability of clinical elective placements.
Various specialties are offered, however, as stated previously on this website, the placement of James Cook University students in north Queensland is a priority, therefore, there is NO guarantee of your chosen specialty being offered.
The minimum number of weeks for a clinical elective placement is four with the maximum being eight.
The University of Queensland Hospital manages placements south of Mackay. Please refer to their website.
Dentistry placement locations and length
Dentistry Elective Placements are offered in Cairns only, however, there is NO guarantee of availability of clinical elective placements. The dentistry clinical elective placements are four weeks.
After accepting the offer and paying the relevant clinical elective placement fee (if applicable), applicants are required to email the following placement requirements to the Academic Services Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Queensland Health requirements
Australian Applicants whose university has a Placement Deed with Queensland Health need to:
These must be signed and given to the Placement Coordinator at your Queensland Health Hospital.
All Students must complete the Queensland Health Mandatory Induction Modules. A certificate of completion will be provided at the end of the training module. These must be provided to the Placement Coordinator at your Queensland Health Hospital.
All Students must comply with the Queensland Health vaccination requirements.
Proof of Immunity to the following:
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)
Varicella (chicken pox)
Pertussis (whooping cough) - evidence of booster vaccination if or when a period of ten years has elapsed since the previous dose
Students who are enrolled at a university in Queensland are exempt from the application fee and placement fee. There is a check box available during the online application process for this.
Application and placement fees for all other students:
Application Fee: $100 AUD
Placement Fee: $1000 AUD
Payment of fees
Payment of fees are made through the JCU payment portal. JCU only supports VISA or Mastercard transactions.
The application fee is a non-refundable payment of AUD $100. The payment is made during the online application process - you will be prompted to navigate to the JCU payment portal to pay this fee. This payment is not refundable under any circumstance once the application has been submitted and processed.
When the applicant receives an offer, the applicant has seven days to responds via email advising acceptance of the offer. Payment of the placement fee must be made at this time to confirm the acceptance.
Refund and cancellation policy
The application fee is a non-refundable payment of $100 AUD.
This payment is not refundable under any circumstance once the application has been submitted and processed.
Cancellation of placement
Under certain circumstances, applicants may be able to apply for a refund of the placement fee via email email@example.com stating the reason/s for requesting the refund. The request will be considered and advice of the outcome will be emailed.