The Children's Hospital at Westmead Clinical School

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The Clinical School offers opportunities to study at the Children's Hospital at Westmead (CHW), through the Sydney Medical Program or postgraduate courses (research and coursework) through the Discipline of Child and Adolescent Health.

The Clinical School operates in partnership with CHW to set the direction of teaching and education for medical and allied health staff, and is actively involved in the recruitment of high quality educators and researchers, and in their professional development.

Established in 1879 the Children's Hospital is the major paediatric specialist hospital in New South Wales, delivering health care in all of the medical and surgical sub-specialities, as well as providing diagnostic, paramedical and technical supporting services for neonates, children and adolescents.

Sydney Medical Program

Paediatric teaching occurs across the four years of the Sydney Medical Program, including problem based learning cases, summer scholarships, research (Honours) projects, elective and pre-internship (PrInt) terms.

The major paediatric component of the course is the eight week Stage 3 Child and Adolescent Health (CAH) specialty block. This includes clinical placements in paediatric medical, surgical and adolescent and community settings, including in rural and regional settings. Some students complete their CAH block at School of Rural Health sites. Also included is a program of structured teaching; workshops, lectures and clinical reasoning sessions. A limited number of four week PrInt terms are available within general medical, general surgical and sub-specialty.

Postgraduate Study by Research

Research degrees offered through the Discipline of Child and Adolescent Health:

Postgraduate Coursework

The following postgraduate paediatric medicine courses are delivered online allowing flexible integration of your studies with your professional and personal life.

Student experience

What can I expect to be doing day-to-day and what are the normal hours?

Every day can be different, with rotations to different sites and units changing the schedule. At the Children’s Hospital at Westmead Clinical School, students attend tutorials, lectures and spend time on the wards. They will have the opportunity to work directly with patients and alongside leading specialists.

“Because we are the largest children’s hospital in New South Wales we see a range of really rare disorders as well as lots of really common disorders. So it has a really good combination of seeing the common things that everyone needs to know, that you need to know how to recognise the sick child, and then very, very rare things that you’ll go a very long time before you see again but once you’ve seen one you’ll recognise it and if you see it again in 15 years time you’ll go ‘oh wow I remember seeing that from when I was a student at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead.”
Professor Dianne Campbell, former head of Head of Discipline, Children’s Hospital at Westmead Clinical School.


Where is the Children’s Hospital at Westmead Clinical School located and how do I get there?

The Children's Hospital at Westmead (CHW) is located on the corner of Hawkesburry Road and Hainsworth Street, 25 kms from the University of Sydney's main campus. The Hospital is within walking distance from Westmead Train Station, and Western Sydney Buses have bus stops located in front of the hospital.


  • Trains from all over Sydney stop at Parramatta station, and many go directly to Westmead station.


  • Bus services operate from all over Sydney to Parramatta.
  • There is a special shuttle service from Sydney Airport directly to the Hospital.
  • A local minibus (Westbus) operates from Westmead to Parramatta city centre, the Parramatta Rivercat ferry, and Parramatta railway station, every 12 minutes on weekdays.


For more information on the Children's Hospital at Westmead Clinical School, follow the link to their website.