The Faculty of Health offer a number of Work Integrated Learning (WIL) options for students, including:
- Professional Clinical Placements,
- Non- Clinical Placements, &
- Research & Community Projects.
The Placement Office manages the establishment, co-ordination and compliance required to enable these quality Work Integrated Learning Placements for University of Canberra Students.
Clinical placements are offered in rural and metropolitan locations across Australia, but generally occur in the ACT and surrounding regions. Placement locations will vary depending on the requirements of the course. Placement providers include the Faculty of Health Clinic at UC, hospitals, community clinics and organisations, aged care facilities, general practice clinics, private providers and sporting venues.
To learn more about the courses that include clinical placements click here.
Non clinical placements
The WIL unit, 10120 Industry and Community Engagement is available to all undergraduate third year Faculty of Health students. This unit offers you the opportunity to work in a range of work settings that align with your course of study. The placement provides you with the opportunity to apply your theoretical learning, improve your employability, develop professional networks and showcase your potential to future employers.
If you are interested in this unit, you must first apply for and secure a placement. Information is available via the Faculty of Health course Moodle site.
Before you start your placement
- Find out your Pre-Placement Requirements prior to commencing your course in the table below
- Use the tabs below the table to find out how to complete each of these requirements
- Complete your requirements and upload electronic copies to InPlace, UC's Placement Management System. Please see the InPlace Upload Manual (804.5 KB PDF File) for instructions on how to do this. Commencing students will be provided access to InPlace on enrolment in a placement unit. Please contact the Placement Office if you are unable to access InPlace.
|Course||Immunisations||TB Screening||NSW Health Forms||National Police Check||WWVP||First Aid/CPR|
|Diagnostic Pathology/Medical Science||3||2||-|
|Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation|
|Nutrition and Dietetics||-|
|Sport and Exercise Science||-||-||-||Recommended|
1AHPRA Provisional Registration Certificate required.
2Students undertaking their placement in a clinical setting (incl. within the ACT Government Health Directorate) will be required to meet these requirements.
3Students undertaking their placement in NSW Health facilities will be required to complete the NSW Health Forms. Please see below for details. Students will be advised during their course if they are required to undertake placement with NSW Health.
4In addition to completing the required immunisations listed below, Midwifery students must also provide serology results for Hepatitis C and HIV.
To ensure commitment to health and safety of all clients in health care settings, students studying health courses with clinical placements will be required to undertake a number of immunisations. All students have a "duty of care" to ensure they minimise the risk to themselves and their clients of acquiring a vaccine preventable disease so are required to undergo the vaccinations prior to attending clinical placement.
Compliance for immunisations is mandatory. Failure to comply with immunisation requirements may delay the completion of a course.
This information should be compiled in a Vaccination Record Card (1.3 MB PDF File) for Health Care Workers/Students.
- A full course of immunisations can take several months to complete and students should advise their GP well in advance prior to commencing clinical placement. It is a requirement that students have commenced all immunisations
- Many courses involve clinical placements within the first semester of commencement, the Hepatitis B vaccine should be commenced early to ensure full immunisation status prior to clinical placement.
- It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the requirements for immunisation have been met.
- Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis (dTpa). Must be this particular immunisation rather than ADT (Adult Diphtheria/Tetanus)
- Hepatitis B Age-appropriate course (3 doses) AND blood test (serology) following the immunisations to confirm immunity OR blood test (serology) and written statement to confirm immunity if you have been immunised previously
- Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR, 2 doses OR serology to confirm immunity)
- Varicella (2 doses OR serology to confirm immunity OR history of chickenpox or physician-diagnosed shingles)
- Annual Influenza
We recommend using the UC Medical and Counselling Centre, as they are familiar with the immunisation requirements of students, can bulk bill and offer vaccination programs at low cost to students.
Vaccine Non-responders and Contraindication
If you are a vaccine non-responder or have a medical contraindication to the administration of a vaccine, please complete the following three forms and email them to the Placement Office.
Students are required to undergo TB screening 3 months prior to their first clinical placement. In ACT, TB screening is provided by the Department of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine which is located in Building 1, level 2 of The Canberra Hospital, Yamba Drive, Garran ACT.
If you are planning to get your TB screening done interstate, you must use one of the Accredited Chest Clinics.
Please note: A Tuberculin Skin test cannot be performed within 4 weeks of Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) vaccine. Please attend TB screening prior to MMR vaccination unless otherwise advised.
NSW Health has an obligation to ensure the safety of patients as well as students undertaking placements in its facilities. Most students will attend a placement within NSW during their course and therefore all students must comply with NSW Health policy. Because of this, there are some additional NSW specific forms to be completed.
Prior to commencing clinical placements, all students are required to:
- ACT residents need to complete a National Police Check (code number 37) through the Australian Federal Police. NPC's obtained through agencies of CrimTrac are not accepted.
- NSW residents need to complete a National Police Check through the NSW Police Service. Please note: NPC's obtained through CrimTrac or National Crime Check are not accepted.
- Provide a copy of the check to the Placement Office, with Photo ID, who will sight the original and certify the copy.
Students who are required to attend a placement in NSW Health will also need to:
- Have the check sighted by a NSW Health representative who will be on campus during Week 7 of Semester 1 or 2. Information on this procedure will be sent to student emails closer to the date.
* The National Police Check should be less than six months old at the time of upload to InPlace. It must be renewed every three years until the completion of a student's course.
* Some placement providers within ACT and other states (especially, QLD, VIC and NT) may ask students to submit a more recent NPC in accordance with their policies. Students will receive further instruction on this if this is required.
* Students MUST notify the Placement Office if their criminal record status changes during the course of their study. Students will need to provide a new AFP National Police Check. If students are concerned this may impact on their students and specifically their placements, they are encouraged to seek guidance from either Inclusion and Engagement or their Course/Unit convener.
Disclosable Court Outcomes:
Students who have disclosable court outcomes listed on their National Police Check must complete the following forms:
- NSW Health Student Risk Assessment Form (if you are required to complete the NSW Health forms)
- UC Consent for the Release of Police Records Form (63.5 KB PDF File)
- ACT Health Police Check Release Form (48.9 KB PDF File)
International students must provide a Statutory Declaration (30.0 KB MS Word Document) OR Home Country Police Check in addition to the National Police Check. For students without Disclosable Court Outcomes, please use the template below which includes the suggested wording for the Statutory Declaration.
Certification of Documents
Contacts within the ACT, including approved JP's and further information for the certification of documents can be found here.
* Students are considered 'volunteers' for the purpose of this registration, therefore there is no cost to students.
The introduction of the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011 (the ACT) requires students undertaking a clinical placement who may come in contact with 'vulnerable persons' in the ACT to undertake WWVP registration.
Students should expect when attending a placement in the ACT that they may be required to present their WWVP Registration Card. If a student is unable to present their card, they may be asked to leave placement.
Students are required to have a current First Aid Certificate (previously known as Senior First Aid Certificate), obtained at their own cost from an accredited body (RTO approved) for specific courses. These certificates are required to be maintained for the duration of the course.
Validity: First Aid Certificates are valid for 3 years, whilst the CPR component is valid for 12 months only.
- Students must upload a copy of the First Aid and/or CPR certificate to InPlace
- Bachelor of Nursing students who practice as Enrolled Nurses and undertake mandatory annual training for First Aid/CPR can provide this evidence in replacement of the First Aid/CPR Certificate.
Commencing students must complete this requirement before beginning their first placement.
* Many courses involve clinical placements within the first semester of commencement and First Aid Certificates should be commenced early to ensure completion prior to clinical placement.
When you are allocated to a placement in an ACT Health facility, an email will be sent to your student email by the ACT Health Clinical Placement Office requesting you to complete e-Learning. This email will also contain your username and password. Even if you are sure you have completed all your e-Learning modules, we highly recommend you log into Student Placements Online (SPO) to confirm completion before each placement.
- Manual Handling Awareness
- Infection Prevention and Control, Occupational Medicine and Waste Management
- Fire and Emergency
- Child Protection Level 1
- Hand Hygiene Australia Online Module – upload a copy of your certificate to your SPO record
In addition, an Aseptic Technique e-Learning module will need to be completed by students in the following courses: Nursing, Midwifery and Pathology.
Students are also required to complete and upload a Student and Trainee Placement Acknowledgement Form each year.
After completing each e-Learning modules, it is recommended that you run a report on SPO and keep it for your reference in case your results do not register.
For all e-Learning enquiries, please contact the ACT Health Clinical Placement Office:
Phone: (02) 6174 5887
If completing a placement in NT Health, you will need to meet the following requirements:
- Hepatitis A – when working with children or in remote areas
- Hepatitis B
- TB mantoux test – depending on the work area
- First Aid
- Student Deed of Undertaking
- Criminal History Check
- Working with Children Clearance ($5)
- Hand Hygiene Certificate
Detailed information on pre-placement requirements for NT placement is available here.
If completing a placement with QLD Health, you will need to meet the following requirements:
- Hepatitis B
- Other possible required vaccination – depending on location or if you are working with high risk groups
- Hepatitis A
- Japanese Encephalitis
- First Aid
- Apply for Blue Card (working with children/young people)
- Work Health and Safety – iLearn@QHealth Learning Management System – students must complete the following 4 mandatory online courses:
- Work Health and Safety Induction
- First-Response Evacuation Instructions
- Occupational Violence Prevention Fundamentals
- Prevention and Management of Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD)
To help you understand your conditions of working as a student on placement in QLD, please read the following information:
- Code of Conduct (employment terms)
- National Code of Conduct for Health Care Workers (Queensland)
- Cultural Diversity
- Infection Prevention
- Confidentiality – Hospital and Health Boards ACT 2011 (QLD)
Detailed information on pre-placements for QLD placement is available here.