About the Clinical Placement Unit

The Clinical Placement Unit (CPU) provides the administrative function for students undertaking placements in health disciplines including nursing, midwifery, allied health, pharmacy and medical and laboratory sciences. This involves:

  • sourcing of placement opportunities through our private industry partners and Better Placed (accredited SA Health placement broker)
  • ensuring all students have met the mandatory placement requirements of both the university and the industry partners
  • managing the student placement systems
  • managing conditional evidence requirements and providing placement details to students.
  • All students must have a current National Police Certificate (NPC) issued by the South Australian Police (SAPOL). Or their home state police service.

From 1st January 2020, students will be required to have:

  • a National Police Certificate (NPC) through SAPOL (or their home state police service)


  • a Working with Children Check and Disability Employment Screening Check through the Department of Human Services (DHS).

All students, including interstate, will be required to comply with these requirements.

The Clinical Placement Unit ensures all students undertaking placement are covered for insurance by the execution of a student Affiliation Agreement with the Industry Partner.

Students are not authorised to arrange their own placement unless expressly asked to do so.

Placements are managed and allocated through the Student Placement System (SPS/InPlace). Students access their respective Student Placement System to determine the requirements of placement, view and submit preferences, view placement allocation, determine venue requirements and check the currency of the submitted documentation.

Students undertake a variety of placement types in many health areas. This includes project work for some disciplines in which the venue provides a project for the students.

Placements can be situated in South Australia, interstate, and rural areas are strongly encouraged.


Contact the CPU

To contact the Clinical Placement Unit email cpuoffice@unisa.edu.au or call (08) 8302 2214

Office Hours are 08:30 - 4.30pm Monday to Friday.

Clinical Placement Policy

Students are strongly advised to read the following: