Clinical education

Clinical education and training for students, professionals and assistants in allied health is a large part of what we do. We work in partnership with higher education institutions to deliver quality education and training opportunities for the allied health community.

ACT Health Dedicated Allied Health Clinical Educator Model

A key focus of the Chief Allied Health Office is to support a culture of innovation and excellence in clinical education. This is delivered through the ACT Health Allied Health Dedicated Clinical Education Model (AHDCEM). The AHDCEM’s role is to support and improve the quality, quantity and sustainability of clinical education and student placements in an environment of increasing demand from universities.

For more information, please email or call 02 5124 4759.

Allied Health Student Clinical Placements

ACT Health accepts students and trainees for clinical placements who are currently studying a health or health related course at university. Placements are subject to availability and require a current Deed of Agreement from your university, as well as a current course schedule.

For more information, please visit our Clinical Placement Office page.

For student placement enquiries, please contact the Clinical Placement Office at

Clinical Education, Learning and Development for Staff

The Chief Allied Health Office actively supports clinical education, as well as learning and development opportunities for allied health staff working at ACT Health. This support is provided in partnership with managers, clinical educators and operational areas. We also oversee the guideline on clinical supervision for allied health clinicians. This aligns with ACT Health’s commitment to safety and quality, and supports allied health professionals to engage in clinical supervision relevant to their roles.

 For more information, please email or call 02 5124 4759.

Clinical Educator's Network

The Clinical Educators’ (CE) Network supports allied health clinical educators to deliver high quality and sustainable clinical education across all allied health professions in the ACT.

The CE Network helps educators to:

  • share knowledge in clinical education and supervision
  • learn about new clinical education programs
  • strengthen inter-professional learning
  • develop and evaluate allied health student and trainee initiatives
  • improve education outcomes across the public health sector
  • liaise with key stakeholders

CE Network meetings are held every 2 months. The network is chaired by the Allied Health Clinical Education Coordinator and membership includes allied health clinical educators from across ACT Health and Calvary Public Hospital.

In professions where there is no dedicated clinical educator role, membership is extended to staff at the HP3 (or higher) level. However, your role must be directly related to clinical education.

If you would like more information on the CE Network, please contact the Clinical Education Coordinator

Allied Health Professional Development (PD) Support Grants

The Chief Allied Health Office gives small grants to allied health teams/groups for professional development activities or resources that support ACT Health’s key priority areas.

Applications for PD Support Grants are assessed on the following criteria. They must:

  • align with ACT Health strategic priorities and values
  • involve a clinical service focus or clinical education focus
  • have a cross-division or inter-professional focus
  • involve at least 2 different health professional disciplines

Eligible teams must consist of at least 3 or more Canberra Hospital and Health Services (CHHS) allied health staff.

Grants are valued between $100 and $1000.

University of Canberra Graduate Certificate in Health Research Scholarship Program

Staff employed in Allied Health, and Nursing and Midwifery positions in the ACT Health Directorate, Canberra Health Services or Calvary Public Hospital Bruce, have a wonderful opportunity made possible by the University of Canberra that will support clinical research capability. This program is facilitated by the ACT Health Directorate, Office of Professional Leadership and Education in partnership with University of Canberra.

The University of Canberra scholarship offers a generous contribution towards the Graduate Certificate in Health Research. The scholarship provides support for Allied Health, Nursing and Midwifery staff who wish to undertake clinical research and have experience in quality improvement or research. (Eligibility and selection criteria apply)

The University of Canberra Graduate Certificate in Health Research supports clinician’s transition to health science research. The course offers the flexibility of studying one semester full-time or up to four semesters part-time, exploring subjects including epidemiology, how to perform statistical analyses, and the qualitative and quantitative practices of the research process.

The University of Canberra scholarship provides 50% of course fees for the program of study. Additional costs incurred (e.g. remainder of course fees, amenities fees etc) are payable by the student. ACT Health Directorate and Canberra Health Services applicants must complete the ACT Public Service Studies Assistance Application Form for Approval as a Student and may be eligible for work area supported Study Leave. Applicants from Calvary Public Hospital Bruce should discuss study support options available with their supervisor.

Availability of this scheme is not guaranteed each year. When offered, a limited number of places are available and successful recipients are selected by a panel.

Scholarship applications for 2020 open Monday 18 November and close Friday 6 December 2019.

For more information or to apply please view University of Canberra course information and scholarship applicant information, or contact:


Page last updated on: 4 Jun 2020