Local Student Information
This webpage will help you plan your clinical placement.
Who Arranges Your Clinical Placement?
Allied Health, Nursing and Midwifery Students and Trainees
If you are a student at university or other education institutions, placements will be arranged for you through the staff of your education institution. If you would like to set up a placement with The ACT Health Directorate, please discuss your placement query with the clinical placements coordinator for your course first. The Educational Institution staff may then contact The ACT Health Directorate Student Clinical Placement Unit.
Students or trainees who are not affiliated with an educational institution need to apply through the Student Clinical Placement Unit by emailing SCPU@act.gov.au
All medical student placements must be organised through the ANU Clinical School.
Information About Deeds
A placement can only be arranged once a Deed has been signed between the education institution or the Trainee and The ACT Health Directorate.
For information about the ACT including accommodation. See this local area information.
Prior to your placement with the ACT Health Directorate you will need to read and comply with the following information:
- Police Checks
All students and trainees need police checks before starting a clinical placement in the ACT. See this Police Check information.
Students and trainees undertaking clinical placements in The ACT Health Directorate are required to have immunity to some potentially harmful diseases. Please check the information on the Immunisation for Health Professionals page.
Student and Trainee Essentials
Make sure you have read and understood the information presented in the Student and Trainee Essentials page relevant to your discipline:
- Student Essentials for Allied Health placements
- Student Essentials for Medical placements
- Student Essentials for Nursing and Midwifery placements
- Cultural Awareness
The Australian Capital Territory has a diverse range of population. To understand this environment please read our Cultural Safety page if you are visiting the ACT.
- Please use the following links for more information about the different types of Placements:
Placements in Allied Health and Training Scholarships in Allied Health
Placements in Nursing and Midwifery and Scholarships in Nursing and Midwifery
Your Clinical Placement
At the commencement of your placement please ensure that you have:
- The correct ACT Health Student Identification
- A copy of the Acknowledgement Form
This form must be signed prior to or on the first day of your clinical placement by yourself and your supervisor.
- Completed local Workplace Induction/Orientation
Each student should expect to be orientated to the area they will be working in during their placement. Your supervisor will provide you with an orientation form to complete within the first week of your placement.
Problems and Problem Resolution
Problems arising during a placement can be solved quickly if they are identified and addressed as early as possible. Should a problem arise during your placement the first step is to discuss the issue with your Health Directorate Supervisor or the clinical coordinator from your education institution. The ACT Health Directorate and/or the SCPU are available to assist in the management and resolution of any issues that canít be solved at a unit level.
In the event of a dispute arising in relation to a placement, (including a failure to meet the required standard of conduct and behaviour), the studentís educational institution and The ACT Health Directorate will discuss a course of management to resolve the matter. Where the issue involves a trainee, The ACT Health Directorate SCPU and lead professional or senior management will discuss resolution strategies with the trainee.
The ACT Health Directorate reserves the right to decide after negotiation how such matters are resolved which may include suspending or terminating a placement.
After You Finish
After you have finished your placement please:
- Provide Some Placement Feedback
The ACT Health Directorate strives to continually improve the clinical placement experience for students and trainees. We would value your feedback, this can be provided to your supervisor or Email: SCPU@act.gov.au
- Return Your ACT Health ID and proximity card
Presenting ACT Health Directorate Information
Any ACT Health Directorate information used in presentations or publication needs to have prior ACT Health Directorate approval. Approval must be granted in writing from the Executive Director of the Division concerned or ACT Health Directorate Ethic Committee.
The ACT Health Directorate offers exciting employment opportunities for more information please go to the following web pages.
Student Clinical Placement Unit
SDU Building 5, Level 1
The Canberra Hospital
PO Box 11, Woden ACT 2606
FAX: 02 6244 3418
Phone: 02 6174 5887 or 02 6174 5127
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Reproduced with permission.