Annual education conference

microphoneA total of 68 delegates from 21 Universities will be attending the conference which is a national forum for field administrators responsible for placing university students across Australia for workplace training in fields including nursing, medicine, human services, human movement studies and teaching. 

This annual event—organised by The National Association of Field Experience Administrators Inc. (NAFEA)—aims to facilitate the sharing of ideas, concerns, strategies, innovations, experience and expertise.

Providing a networked and supportive context for discussion of issues related to placement of students, the conference raises awareness of alternative placement and support programs throughout Australia.

Senior Lecturer at the La Trobe Rural Health School, Dr Eileen Petrie, will be speaking at the event on clinical placements.

Dr Petrie’s presentation will provide an overview of procedures in place for assessing the health and wellbeing of students prior to commencement of placement and what might need to occur if students need to be withdrawn due to health reasons.

The NAFEA committee and members advocate the role of fieldwork/placement administrators at a national level of particular current interest and the implications of additional student placements at Universities in the context of the de-regulation of Commonwealth Supported Places in the tertiary sector scheduled for 2012.

Prue Jolley from Deakin University, Chair of the Victorian NAFEA branch, has been invited to sit on the discussion panel for the Productivity Commission of Australia to discuss related issues.

Media Opportunity

What
: 2011 National Conference for Field Experience Administrators

Venue: La Trobe University Albury-Wodonga Campus, Health Sciences Building (Building 6)             

When: Wednesday 23 to Friday 25 November, 2011

Contact: Helen Eyre T 02 6024 9865 M 0428 114 706

For more information or to arrange an interview please contact:

Meghan Lodwick

La Trobe University Communications Officer
T: 03 9479 5353 M: 0418 495 941 E: M.Lodwick@latrobe.edu.au