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Sydney Adventist Hospital


Sydney Adventist Hospital is New South Wales’s largest private hospital with over 700 beds, including 523 overnight beds. The hospital first opened in Wahroonga on Sydney’s North Shore on January 1, 1903, as the Sydney Sanitarium, with a bed capacity of 70. The Sanitarium became widely known as the ‘San’ and today, years after its name change to Sydney Adventist Hospital (SAH), it is still fondly referred to as the San.  At this site, over 2,300 staff, 500 volunteers, and 1,000 accredited medical practitioners care for approximately 64,000 inpatients and 120,000 outpatients annually – including the delivery of approximately 1,900 babies, and about 18,000 cases presenting to Emergency Care.

Sydney Adventist Hospital provides comprehensive acute surgical, medical, and obstetric care, including a large range of diagnostic, allied health, and support services. The Hospital is at the forefront of acute hospital care, partnering with world-class doctors, providing state-of-the-art facilities and leading-edge treatments.

Clinical placements

The education program at Sydney Adventist Hospital is delivered within a supportive environment - academically, clinically, and administratively - with high levels of engagement and enthusiasm for teaching across the hospital community.  Embedded within a culture of teaching, students are encouraged to immerse themselves in the many high-quality clinical learning opportunities presented within the Hospital.

Clinical placements are available within a wide range of speciality areas including the disciplines of medicine, surgery, acute care, and women’s health and newborn care.

Placements may include history taking and examination, pre-admission consultations, patient consultations in specialist rooms, teaching ward rounds with consultants and/or registrars, ward work with registrars and/or interns, attendance at specialised clinics, attendance at operating theatre and procedural rooms, immediate post-operative experience in recovery, and attendance at multi-disciplinary team meetings. Placements are supported by additional teaching sessions, including within a simulated environment where there are opportunities to practice skills learnt.

Other information and facilities

The Clinical Education Centre, located on the Hospital campus, is a purpose-built education facility.  The Centre includes teaching rooms, clinical skills laboratories, lecture auditoria, a simulation learning centre, library, and common room.

Staff located in the Clinical Education Centre, provide support to students.

San Radiology and Nuclear Medicine is based on-site in Wahroonga and provides a world-class comprehensive diagnostic and interventional radiology service to inpatients of Sydney Adventist Hospital and members of the community, conducting more than 80,000 investigations each year.

The San Day Surgery, located in the nearby suburb of Hornsby, offers a variety of day surgical procedures including ophthalmology, plastic and cosmetic surgery, hand, oral and dental, and gynaecological surgery. The San Day Surgery Hornsby is a busy hospital, staffed by a team of skilled professionals caring for approximately 2,500 patients per year – including adults and children over the age of two years.

Information about campus facilities can be found here, while a campus map and information about transport options may be found here.

Hostel-style accommodation for students is available on-site.  Further information about the accommodation is provided to students during the placement allocation period.

Updated:  25 August 2022/Responsible Officer:  Dean, Medical School/Page Contact:  Webmaster, Medical School