Western Clinical School

The Western Clinical School is based at two sites: Sunshine Hospital and Footscray Hospital. The past ten years have seen rapid growth in the services provided at the two sites, with the health service now accounting for 800 beds.

The Western Clinical School is based at two sites: Sunshine Hospital and Footscray Hospital

Fast Facts

  • More than 100,000 people attend the 3 Emergency Departments at Western Health each year
  • There are more than 100,000 inpatient admissions per year
  • 5500 babies are born at Sunshine Hospital each year
  • There is an Intensive Care Unit and Coronary Care Unit and 24 hour angiography service at Footscray
  • An ICU was built at Sunshine in 2013
  • Sunshine Hospital includes an aged care unit, palliative care unit and community rehabilitation
  • The University of Melbourne collaborates with Western Health and Victoria University to conduct research into conditions affecting the local population including diabetes, osteoporosis, cancer and heart disease
  • The Australian Institute for Musculoskeletal Science (AIMSS) is a collaborative research institute formed between The University of Melbourne, Western Health and Victoria University with a focus on disorders of bone, muscle and joints


  • Where is the Western Clinical School located and how do I get there?

    The Western Clinical School is situated at two sites: Footscray Hospital and Sunshine Hospital.

    Footscray Hospital is a short tram ride from Footscray train station or a walk from West Footscray station. Footscray train station is right next to the Footscray market, one of the most vibrant and multicultural markets in Melbourne.  Some free street parking is available in nearby streets.

    Sunshine Hospital is located near Ginifer train station on the Sunbury line.  Bus route 408 passes by the front door of the Sunshine Hospital.  Some free street parking is available, and commercial car parking is well priced. Sunshine Hospital is about 1 km from Main Street St Albans, which is dotted with Asian restaurants and shops.

    Students have access to student lounges and lockers at both sites.

  • What can I expect to be doing day-to-day?

    The clinical years focus on immersion within the clinical environment. As such, students will spend most of their days seeing patients on ward rounds, in the operating theatre, in a general practice, or in Outpatients.  This is complemented by structured teaching sessions in the form of tutorials, interactive seminars and procedural skills sessions. Most of these sessions will be in small groups of about eight students.

    The Clinical School has an active student society that advocates on behalf of the students and organises a number of educational and social activities.

The Western Clinical School has a real family feel and has made the transition from preclinical to clinical so much easier. The teaching standard is phenomenal and the new facilities are bigger and better than we could have imagined. Emily Butler, Western Clinical School student from 2010-2012