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.
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Information for industry partners can be found here
Key requirements prior to undertaking placement:
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
The below package of documents is designed to be inserted into your Passport to Placement folder. The Passport will help you manage the documentation required before you can undertake placement.
In this package you will find:
- Student Checklist - This lists the items you are required to complete prior to placement. Brief instructions and links are included on the checklist.
Keep copies of all the Checklist items in your Passport and make sure you take your completed Passport to each of your placements so that placement venues can view them. Failure to do so will result in you being unable to commence your placement. It is recommended that you also keep an electronic copy of all these documents.
- Work Health and Safety Checklist - Complete this prior to commencing each placement and provide it to the placement venue for them to complete Part B.
- Division of Health Sciences Clinical Placement Policy - Please note this policy includes important information on pre-placement compulsory conditions, and the consequences of not meeting these conditions.
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 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 Request for Variation to Placement Form (post-allocation). 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.
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.
Non compliance with University and placement venue requirements such as criminal history clearance, immunisation, and mandatory notification training will result in you not being accepted for that placement.
All Students must take note of the Division's policy on criminal history clearance.
First Aid Training is requirement for all placements (excluding Pharmacy)
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).