Professional placements are an important part of many of our courses.
You will do two supervised placements in second year.
Placements form 25% of our program. You will do 120 days or more of supervised internship at three agencies, with at least 240 hours of supervised client contact.
The third and fourth years of the course include a substantial component of professional placement. You will work in dietetic workplaces including hospitals, community care, food service and advocacy.
Occupational therapy placements
You must do 1000 hours of professional placement in the last two years of your course. This includes four weeks in third year, and two eight-week blocks and a project placement in fourth year. You will gain experience in government and non-government agencies including hospitals, community agencies, schools and rehabilitation centres.
You will do clinical education and professional practice in the last 18 months of your course, mainly within the Orthoptics Clinical School Network. The network includes private clinics, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Royal Children's Hospital, Northern Health, Alfred Hospital, Austin Health and Monash Medical Centre.
We also have placement providers in regional Victoria, interstate and overseas. Students have done placements in Albury, Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Warrnambool, Adelaide, Alice Springs, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Cairns, Canberra, Hobart, Perth, Rockhampton and Townsville.
In the Bachelor of Health Sciences/Master of Physiotherapy Practice and graduate entry Master of Physiotherapy Practice, you will complete 30 weeks of full-time clinical experience in a range of healthcare settings. Placements may include semester breaks.
In the Master of Sports Physiotherapy, you will complete 100 hours of clinical placements with APA sports physiotherapists. Some placements are available with elite sporting teams.
In the Master of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, you will complete 160 hours of clinical placements in hospital outpatient departments under APA musculoskeletal physiotherapists.
You must do clinical placements in Melbourne and in rural or regional Victoria. We have our own clinic at the Melbourne campus and external placements are available in Melbourne, rural and regional Victoria, interstate and overseas.
Prosthetics & Orthotics
You will do a half-day observational placement in first year and two clinical placements totalling 12 weeks in fourth year.
We offer practical experience at the La Trobe Communication Clinic at Bundoora and in hospitals, community health centres, schools, early childhood centres and private practice in rural, metropolitan and interstate settings.
You will complete 70-day placements in third and fourth years. A qualified, experienced social worker will supervise you for a minimum of 1.5 hours per 5 days of placement. Through placements you will work with people and communities and in community development, advocacy and research projects. We've recently placed students in Child Protection, Northwest Mental Health, Austin Health, Berry Street Take Two, Disability Services, Aged Services, Refugee Services and the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency.
Forms and documents
- Social Work field placement applications
- ARN allocation process and review [PDF 203KB]
- Placement allocation review process [PDF 198KB]
- Procedure for police check applications [PDF 234KB]
- Police Record Check Guidelines [PDF 131KB]
- Police Check FAQ [PDF 424KB]
- Fit2Work User Guide - Student Police Checks [PDF 1.3MB]
- Withdrawal from placement [PDF 78KB]
- Social Media Procedure [PDF]
- Dress Code Guidelines [PDF 57KB]
- Immunisation FAQ's [PDF 313KB]
- Immunisation and infectious disease guideline [PDF 319KB]
- Placement Immunisation Letter [PDF 370KB]
- Placement Immunisation Form [PDF 155KB]
- Working with Children Check Guidelines [PDF 53KB]
- Working with Children application instruction [PDF 188KB]
- Working with Children Check FAQ [PDF 423KB]