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 (UC) 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.
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 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.
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1AHPRA Provisional Registration Certificate required.
2Students undertaking their placement in a clinical setting (incl. within the ACT Government Health Directorate) must 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, all students studying health courses with clinical placements will be required to undertake a number of immunisations. You have a "duty of care" to ensure you minimise the risk to yourself and your clients of acquiring a vaccine preventable disease. For this reason, you 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 your course.
This information should be compiled in a Vaccination Record Card for Health Care Workers/Students.
- A full course of immunisations can take several months to complete and you should advise your GP well in advance prior to commencing clinical placement. It is a requirement that you 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 your responsibility to ensure that the requirements for immunisation have been met.
- Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis (dTpa - Adult dose only). Must be this particular immunisation rather than ADT (Adult Diphtheria/Tetanus) and must have been received within the last 10 years to be valid
- Hepatitis B Age-appropriate course (3 doses) AND blood test (serology) following the immunisations to confirm immunity OR blood test (serology) and written statement (Statutory Declaration)* 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
*Statutory Declaration (Attachment 9) must be witnessed by an appropriately trained assessors such as a doctor, paramedic or registered nurse (RN).
- 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 two forms and email them to the Placement Office.
Students are required to undergo TB screening three months prior to their first clinical placement.
In ACT, you are required to have screening with either TB Quantiferon or Tuberculin Skin Test (TST). If you have the TB Quantiferon Blood Test you will also need to complete a risk assessment: ACT Health Form 3. This is in addition to, and not to be confused with, the NSW Health Attachment 7.
TB Quantiferon Blood Test
The TB Quantiferon blood test is becoming the preferred primary screening test for TB. TB Quantiferon blood test must be assessed by an accredited laboratory. The test can be taken/requested by UC Medical & Counselling at Bruce Campus or another medical provider. Some medical providers cannot do the collection and will need to refer students directly to the pathology service. Check at the time of booking your appointment. Please note, the results may take 10 days to be provided to you.
Tuberculin Skin Test (TST)
The TST will typically be considered if it has been done in Australia in the last 12 months and the result indicates that you were cleared for active TB.
The TST must have been or will need to be undertaken by an accredited Australian Chest Clinic. In the ACT, this is the Department of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine (DRSM) at The Canberra Hospital (DRSM – Ph 6244 2066). For other states please view the list of accredited Australian Chest Clinics.
Please note: A Tuberculin Skin Test cannot be performed within 4 weeks of Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) or Varicella vaccine. Please attend TB screening prior to MMR and Varicella vaccination where possible OR attend TB screening 4 weeks after your 2nd MMR/Varicella vaccination.
Record of Screening
If you have the TB Quantiferon Blood Test, you must complete the ACT Health Form 3 and upload to InPlace with your TB screening results.
Prior to screening:
- If you answered “Yes” to any items in Parts 1a-c of the ACT Health Form 3 should consider going direct to the Department of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine (DRSM) for assessment.
- If you have a positive or equivocal TB Quantiferon result you are required to be reviewed and cleared by staff at the DRSM.
- If you have lived in or travelled to countries with high incidence of TB immediately prior to, or after your TB screening, you may need a further review (see Part 2b of the ACT Health Form 3).
Please note: If you have the Tuberculin Skin Test (TST) you will not need to complete the ACT Health Form 3.
If you are reviewed at the Department of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine (DRSM), you will attract a fee that cannot be claimed against Medicare or a Health fund.
The TB Quantiferon test is not covered by Medicare or Health Care cards unless you are immunosuppressed or immunocompromised and will attract a fee for the test. Pathology Collection Centres may also charge individual collection fees.
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 you must comply with NSW Health policy. Because of this, there are some additional NSW specific forms to be completed.
Prior to commencing clinical placements, you are required to provide a National Criminal History Check (NCHC) from one of the following providers:
- The National Crime Check (NCC) website. UC accepts NCHCs from this accredited provider as it is accepted by our industry partners and has faster processing time (24-48 hours) with a competitive cost.
- NCC provides an online document, which is valid for the duration set down by the organisation requesting the check.
- You must be residing in Australia to be able to apply for an NCHC through NCC. If you are applying from outside Australia, you will need to apply through the Australian Federal Police (AFP).
- Follow this step by step guide: How to apply for a National Crime Check (1018.4 KB PDF File)
- You are required to upload the PDF certificate supplied by the NCC website to InPlace.
- Please note that you do not need to upload a certified copy to InPlace as staff will follow the link on the certificate to confirm details.
- Please do keep the email you receive from NCC with a PDF certificate attached, because NCC purges the online information after three months of the check. You may need to present this email along with the certificate to your site supervisor for your placement.
- You can still apply for an NCHC issued by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) through their website. Also, if you are applying for an NCHC from outside Australia, you can only apply through AFP. When applying through the AFP the NCHC is called a National Police Check (NPC):
- Use code number 37
- Follow this step by step guide: How to complete a National Police Check Application (802.9 KB PDF File)
- This provider takes longer to process applications (2 – 8 weeks) and is more expensive, however, if you need this format for work or another reason unrelated to placements this may be the better option for you.
- Please upload a CERTIFIED 'True Copy' of your NCHC into InPlace - UC staff in Student Central are able to certify a copy if you bring in your original NPC, a photocopy and your student ID card in for certification.
*NOTE for ALL Students:
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 communicated to you closer to the date.
The NCHC should be less than three months old at the time of upload to InPlace. Both the NCC and NPC will be valid for three years from the date stated on the certificate. It must be renewed every three years until the completion of your course.
Some placement providers within ACT and other states (especially, QLD, VIC and NT) may ask you to submit a more recent NCHC in accordance with their policies. You will receive further instruction if this is required.
You MUST notify the Placement Office if your criminal record status changes during the course of your study. You will need to provide a new NCHC. If you are concerned this may impact on your placement, you are encouraged to seek guidance from either Inclusion and Engagement or your Course/Unit convener.
Disclosable Court Outcomes:
Students who have disclosable court outcomes listed on their NCHC must complete the following forms:
- NSW Health Student Risk Assessment Form (titled "Application for authority to undertake clinical placements in NSW Health facilities") (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 NCHC.
For students with Disclosable Court Outcomes, please complete the forms above under Disclosable Court Outcomes.
Certification of Documents
UC staff in Student Central are able to certify a copy if you bring in your original NCHC, a photocopy and your student ID card. Contacts within the ACT, including approved JP's and further information for the certification of documents can be found here.
* You are considered a 'volunteer' 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 all students undertaking a clinical placement who may come in contact with 'vulnerable persons' in the ACT to undertake WWVP registration.
When attending a placement in the ACT you may be required to present your WWVP Registration Card. If you are unable to present your card, you may be asked to leave placement.
If you need to renew your WWVP during your studies, it is very important to apply before the expiry date of your current WWVP registration. If you do not renew before the expiry date, you will have to apply for a brand new card which may affect your placement.
If you do apply to renew your registration before the expiry date, your current WWVP registration will be extended by 3 months to cover the processing time of the application.
You are required to have a current First Aid Certificate (previously known as Senior First Aid Certificate), obtained at your own cost from an accredited body (RTO approved) for specific courses. These certificates are required to be maintained for the duration of your course.
Validity: First Aid Certificates are valid for 3 years, whilst the CPR component is valid for 12 months only.
- You 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.
List of Accredited First Aid Course Providers in the ACT (184.7 KB PDF File)
Manual Handling training is essential to ensure that students are familiar with equipment and manual handling practices, can safely practice manual handling techniques and comply with the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.
Manual Handling face to face training is required for students enrolled in the following courses:
- Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation
- Medical Imaging
- Occupational Therapy
- Sports and Exercise Science
This training will need to be completed annually to ensure your skills remain current. Please go to the FoH Manual Handling Canvas site for further information and to book a training session.
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.
Please note that due to data compatibility, you need to use a desktop or a laptop computer to complete your elearning. You will not be able to log into the elearning site on a mobile phone or a tablet.
- 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.
You 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 with NSW Health, you will need to meet the following requirements:
- Hepatitis B
- TB Screening
- First Aid
- National Criminal History Check
- NSW Health Code of Conduct Agreement
- NSW Health Attachment 6 - Undertaking/Declaration
- NSW Health Attachment 7 - Tuberculosis (TB) Assessment Tool
If you are completing a NSW Health placement, your compliance documents will need to be verified by NSW Health prior to your placement. The Placement Office will send relevant documentation to NSW Health for you to be verified in time for your placement.
In addition to this, NSW Health representative will be on campus during Week 7 of Semester 1 or 2 to sight your National Criminal History Check. Information on this procedure will be communicated to you closer to the date.
If you are allocated to a NSW Health facility, you are required to complete the mandatory e-Learning modules on the NSW Health Learning Management System called "My Health Learning". You will receive an email with a StaffLink ID 14 days before your placement which you can use to log into My Health Learning to complete the e-Learning. You must complete the mandatory e-Learning modules prior to the commencement of your placement.
Nursing and Midwifery students are also able to complete the module titled "Overview of the eMR for Nursing and Midwifery Students".
Resources for Students including How to reset password and meaning of error messages are available on the HETI website.
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.
To speak with a member of the Placement Office Team, please visit us at Careers UC office (1C42 - above the Refectory in Building 1) between 9am and 5pm, Monday - Friday.
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You can also contact us via phone or email.
Health Placement Enquiries
T: +61 2 6201 2830
Education Placement Enquiries
T: +61 2 6201 2487
T: +61 2 6206 8541