Welcome to the Clinical Placement Unit website for the Division of Health Sciences.

Professional, clinical and field placements in metropolitan and rural areas are a core element of many of the programs offered within the Division of Health Sciences. The learning from your placements will give you a wide range of experience to take with you into your chosen profession.

For more information on the role of the CPUclick here

Information for industry partners can be found here

Key requirements prior to undertaking placement:

Your 2018 compulsory placement requirements are changing

From January 2018 you will need a National Police Certificate and a UniSA Immunisation certificate of compliance to go on placement. You need to prepare early so that your studies are not affected.

Please refer to your 2018 Passport to Placement (PTP) Student Checklist and the key requirements section of the CPU website, for further information on how to apply/complete your pre-placement requirements.

Students who do not complete these pre-placement requirements WILL NOT be allowed to proceed with their placement. This will mean that progressing through your program may be delayed.


Passport to Placement Folder

Students can obtain a Passport to Placement (PTP) Folder from their relative School Office. Students should refer to their Student Checklist for a comprehensive list of pre-placement conditional requirements and place original documents in their PTP folder. It is your responsibility to maintain, submit, and present conditional evidence documents to venue staff on the first day and/or as requested.

Student Checklists

Checklists have been developed to assist you with obtaining and safekeeping compulsory conditional evidence documentation and is to be used in combination with the Passport to Placement (PTP) folder. Conditional Evidence is required to be current for the duration of your placement unless otherwise specified.
For details about how to submit/upload conditional evidence documents to the CPU, please refer to your student checklist.

Student Checklists 2017

Student Checklists 2018

From 1st January 2018, all Division of Health Sciences students will be required to have a National Police Certificate (NPC) through SAPOL (or their home state police service) and a Child Related Employment Screening through the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI) Screening Unit.


Clinical Placement Policy

Students are strongly advised to read the following:


Information for students

For a full list of your responsibilities, click here. Students should refer to their Student Checklist for a comprehensive list of mandatory pre-placement conditional requirements.

All clinical/field placements are arranged by the Course Coordinator and the Clinical Placement Unit (CPU). Students are not to negotiate their own clinical placements, except in very specific circumstances. Please check with your Clinical Coordinator or the CPU.

Students should refer to the teaching schedule provided at the time of their enrolment or re-enrolment for details of their clinical placement dates and times throughout the year. These dates and times are set in advance and are not negotiable.

Students are notified of placement details well in advance and are expected to be able to organise personal life commitments and travel arrangements to undertake these as scheduled.

Please note, the Clinical Placement Policy criteria for requesting a variation to placement allocation.

Student requests for variation to placement allocation must be submitted on the Variation to Placement Form. The completed form and attachments must be lodged with the CPU no later than 5 working days following initial notification to you of your placement allocation unless otherwise advised by the CPU. For details about how to submit/upload documents to the CPU, please refer to your student checklist.

Each request for variation to a placement will be considered by the Course Coordinator. A student may appeal a Course Coordinator's decision by making a written submission to the Program Director, and if unresolved, to the Head of School, for the appropriate discipline.

The Division of Health Sciences reserves the right to change clinical dates to suit clinical practice sites' availability if necessary. Students will be notified as soon as possible should such a circumstance eventuate.

For details about how to submit/upload completed documents to the CPU, please refer to your student checklist.

Nursing and (Second Year) Physiotherapy Students should upload contional evidence doucments to InPlace.

All other disciplines should submit scanned documents to the CPU via email CPUOffice@unisa.edu.au 

Students are strongly advised to read the Clinical Placement Policy (PDF 311KB) prior to placement.

All students must adhere strictly to the requirements around clinical placement practice for their program. The requirements are outlined in the Course Information Booklet and other course documentation.

Students should also refer to the Practicum, Field and Clinical Placements clauses in the current year's Assessment Policies and Procedures Manual, available on the Policy and Procedures website, for further information on their rights and responsibilities while on placement.

UniSA Students on placements are covered under the University of South Australia's insurance policyprovided certain criteria are met.

Information on uniform policy can be found here.

A student may request a variation to the assessment tasks required within a practicum, field or clinical placement on medical, compassionate or religious observance grounds, or community service eg elite athletes, jury duty, Defence Forces leave. Such requests must be supported by documentary evidence. (Ref: Moderation and Variation clauses in the UniSA Assessment Policies and Procedures Manual).  

Some programs will require students to undertake a rural or interstate clinical placement. As of 2013 all nursing students will be required to undertake a rural placement at least once during their program.

Further information can be found on the Rural Placements page