Sydney Medical School

The Children's Hospital at Westmead Clinical School

Discipline of Child and Adolescent Health

I welcome you to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead Clinical School. It is a tremendous place to work or to study.

The Clinical School is based at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, the largest paediatric facility in the state, and also part of the Westmead Precinct, located in western Sydney. The hospital is located in the demographic heart of Sydney, amidst a diverse, multicultural population, where large numbers of children and young people live.

Our School coordinates placements for over 500 medical students each year, including students in the Sydney Medical Program, MD research students, elective students, students from other universities and approximately 50 Masters of Medicine (Paediatric Medicine) students. There is a talented and committed team delivering our education portfolio, working on innovative approaches to medical education and conducting high quality medical education research. They are supported by numerous dedicated clinician teachers.

The Clinical School also has about 100 students undertaking higher degree research studies, mostly PhDs, in research areas including cell biology, clinical physiology, clinical studies, epidemiology, bio-engineering, social sciences and population health. The School’s postgraduate research team provides highly regarded, pro-active support to these students and their supervisors.

The Children’s Hospital at Westmead Clinical School has numerous skilled researchers, including clinician researchers, many of whom are international leaders in their respective fields. Areas of research strength include the epidemiology of childhood disorders; genetics research encompassing morphologic, biochemical and molecular genetic investigation of disorders in children; vaccination; obesity; orthopaedic research; renal disease; diabetes; neuromuscular disorders; infectious diseases; adolescent health; cerebral palsy; indigenous health; and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. This work is undertaken in partnership with the Kids Research Institute, the research arm of The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. We also have close research links across the broad Westmead Precinct (with Westmead Hospital [an adult facility], the Westmead Institute of Medical Research and the Children’s Medical Research Institute), with other parts of the University of Sydney, and with many national and international collaborators.

Given all this, you can imagine that there is a strong sense of purpose and excitement at the School. And of course, much of this productivity is dependent upon the contributions of the many honorary clinicians and researchers who are affiliated with the School.