ACT Health provides quality student clinical placements in partnership with our educational institution colleagues.
This partnership is formalised through a Deed of Agreement with ACT Health that clearly defines the arrangement between ACT Health, tertiary and vocational institutions, students and trainees. A Deed and course specific schedule must be signed by the educational institution and ACT Health before we can provide a clinical placement.
ACT Health values its relationship with educational institutions and recognises that dialogue is essential to ensuring effective support for clinical education.
Student Placements Online Database (SPO)
All clinical placements from Education Institutions must be registered through the ACT Healthís SPO. If you do not have a logon to SPO please contact the Student Clinical Placement Unit (See SCPU contact details below).
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Allied Health Placements
To discuss or arrange a clinical placement please contact the appropriate Allied Health Lead Professionals or their delegates or access SPO.
Please use the following links for more information about the different types of Placements in Allied Health and Training Scholarships in Allied Health.
All requests must go through the ANU Clinical School.
Nursing and Midwifery Placements
Please discuss and arrange all clinical placement through the SPCU Nursing and Midwifery Coordinator (see contact details below) or request a placement direclty through SPO.
Please use the following links for more information about the different types of Placements and Scholarships in Nursing and Midwifery.
No other ACT Health staff are authorised to approve or organise student clinical placements.
In accordance with Deed between ACT Health and Education Institutions, students are not to approach ACT Health to organise their own placements.
As outlined in the ACT Health Student or Trainee Clinical Placement Deeds of Agreement.
Three months prior to placement
Education Insitutions, must notify ACT Health of their requirements for clinical placements, including the following information:
- Number of Students for a proposed placement
- Type (or Specialty area) of the proposed placement
- Proposed dates
- Objectives of the placement
- Resources to be provided to support clinical supervision
- Amount and type of supervision required for the placement
One month prior to the commencement of the clinical placement
Education Institutions are required to provide through SPO the following student specific information. This includes:
- Where appropriate students' contact details and any special requirements
- Confirmation that all the students have completed a National Police Check
- Where a student doesn't have a clear record, the education institution must contact ACT Health's SCPU
- Written confirmation that all the students have the required level of immunity to undertake a clinical placement within ACT Health
- Where the student cannot be immunised to the required level the Educational Institution must contact ACT Health's SPCU
To assist ACT Health, please provide SCPU and our supervisors with the clinical placement objectives prior the start of the studentís clinical placement.
Ensure that students are aware of and understand the requirements of ACT Health as set out in the Deed. Educational institutions are encouraged to use the information available on this web site Allied Health Local and Interstate Student Information , and in ACT Healthís Student Clinical Placement Policy and Procedures.
Notify ACT Health of any known student illness or absence, or anticipated absence during placement period.
During a Placement
Students should contact their ACT Health supervisor about any issues that arise during a placement. If a student inadvertently contacts their education institution instead, the educational institution staff should contact ACT Health to inform them of any illness, absences, or other issues effecting the placement.
Education Institutions must respond in a timely manner to inquiries from ACT Health staff, SCPU staff, clinical educators or supervisors involved in the current placement. Failure to respond to an urgent request (2 working days) from the SPCU concerning a current placement issue could result in the termination of that clinical placement.
Clinical Placement Evaluation
To ensure that ACT Health continues to develop and further enhance our ability provide quality placements at the completion of placements the following is requested:
- That students who have undertaken a student placement with ACT Health, provide feedback at the end of their placement by completing a brief questionnaire.
- That educational institutions provide feedback to clinical supervisors at the completion of the clinical placement. Most educational institutions evaluate clinical placement , ACT Health clinical supervisors would benefit from receiving this feedback. An evaluation survey is available for students completing placements with in ACT Health and will be emailed directly to the student or the Education Institutions for distribution.
ACT Health in the production of mid year and yearly report on student placements, may also request additional information from educational institutions.
Phone: 02 6174 7959 (Allied Health) or 02 6174 5127 (Nursing and Midwifery)
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