Health placements

Health Placements

Compulsory work placements undertaken for academic credit, usually in a patient/practitioner context.

The College of Science, Health and Engineering offers health and professional placement opportunities for students with a mandatory placement component in their course, with local and international industry partners. Students undertake clinical or professional education in the form of placements, fieldwork and other clinical and professional experience. These placements give you the opportunity to integrate theory with practice, further develop your skills through supportive professional environments and gain essential working knowledge of current industry practice.

Click on the links below to find out more about health placements in each discipline.

Current students can also access information relating to health placements the College of SHE Placements LMS site [La Trobe log in required].

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Nursing

As a Bachelor of Nursing Student, you will complete 840 hours of placement across the course of your degree. You may be placed in a variety of settings, such as acute, sub-acute and rehabilitation, and could be exposed to various different areas of nursing such as aged care, mental health and primary health care nursing.

If you are a Graduate Entry student,  you will complete 800 hours of placement, and if you are an Enrolled Nurse, you will complete between 720-800 hours of placement, dependent on your study plan.

All of the documents listed below are mandatory requirements for Nursing placements. In addition to the documentation listed below, you will need to obtain a First Aid and CPR certificate to complete your placements. Information on First Aid courses taught on campus is available at the Premium Health webpage.

Documents required:

Placement subjects:

Midwifery

As a combined Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery student, you will complete all Nursing placements as listed above, plus an additional 1007 hours of placement across your course. You may gain exposure to a variety of clinical settings, such as Birth Suites, Day Assessment Centres and Special Care Nurseries.

All of the documents listed below are mandatory requirements for Midwifery placements. In addition to the documentation listed below, you will need to obtain a First Aid and CPR certificate to complete your placements. Information on First Aid courses taught on campus is available at the Premium Health webpage.

Documents required:

Placement subjects:

Child, Family, Community

As a Master of Nursing student specialising in Child, Family and Community, you will complete a minimum of 304 hours of placement across the year. You will gain exposure to child care, maternal and child health, community health, early intervention, early parenting/day stay and specialty services. Most Child, Family and Community placements are self-sourced, meaning you will have the opportunity to arrange your own placement experiences in conjunction with the University.

All documents listed below are mandatory requirements for a Child, Family and Community placement.

Documents required:

Placement subjects:

Bundoora only

School of Allied Health

Audiology and Speech Pathology

Audiology

As an Audiology student, you will complete up to 40 placement days across your course. You may be placed in a variety of public and private settings, including major public hospitals, disability service providers and community programs in both metropolitan and regional areas, and gain exposure to both adult and paediatric practice. You will have the opportunity to assess and treat people who have hearing, tinnitus and balance disorders. You will also have the opportunity to undertake placement in the internal Audiology Clinic.

All documents listed below are mandatory requirements for an Audiology placement.

Documents required:

Bundoora only

Placement subjects:

Bundoora only

Speech Pathology

As a Speech Pathology student, you will complete approximately 92 days of placement throughout your course, beginning in your third (Undergraduate students) or first (Masters students) year. You will gain exposure to both adult and paediatric practice, and may be placed in a variety of settings, including major public and private hospitals, disability support services and community and school programs. You may also have the opportunity to attend placement at the La Trobe Communication Clinic.

You may also have the opportunity to attend an Endoscopy clinic observation day during your fourth year. This opportunity is compulsory for Bundoora-enrolled students, and is available to Bendigo-enrolled students dependent on availability.

All of the documents listed below are mandatory requirements for Speech Pathology placements. You may also need to provide a CPR certificate, depending on where you complete your placements.

Documents required:

Placement subjects:

Dentistry and Oral Health

Dentistry

As a Dentistry student at La Trobe, you will complete a total of 2310 hours of placement across the final two years of your course. You will be rotated through a number of regional and metropolitan clinical sites throughout this time.

All of the documents listed below are mandatory requirements for Dentistry placements. In addition to those listed below, you will also be required to undertake blood tests to determine your Blood-Borne Virus (BBV) status, in line with the requirements of the Dental Board of Australia. You will also need to obtain a First Aid and CPR certificate to complete your placements. Information on First Aid courses taught on campus is available at the Premium Health webpage.

Documents required:

Placement subjects:

Bendigo only

Oral Health

Whilst studying the Bachelor of Oral Health Science, you will complete approximately 725 hours of placement. This will begin in the first semester of your second year, with a 170-hour placement that will be arranged by the Department of Dentistry and Oral Health, and follow through to your final year with an additional 555 placement hours.

All of the documents listed below are mandatory requirements for Dentistry placements. In addition to those listed below, you will also be required to undertake blood tests to determine your Blood-Borne Virus (BBV) status, in line with the requirements of the Dental Board of Australia. You will also need to obtain a First Aid and CPR certificate to complete your placements. Information on First Aid courses taught on campus is available at the Premium Health webpage.

Documents required:

Placement subjects:

Bendigo only

Dietetics

As a Dietetics student, you will complete 111 days of placement throughout your course. You will gain exposure to a variety of areas, such as food service, clinical patient care, and community health. You may be allocated to placements in a variety of private, public or community settings, and may have the opportunity to gain experience in a regional facility.

All of the documents listed below are mandatory requirements for Dietetics placements.

Documents required:

Placement subjects:

Bundoora only

Exercise Physiology, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy

Exercise Physiology

As an Exercise Physiology student, you will undertake three 160 hour placements across the year. Throughout these placements, you will gain exposure to cardiopulmonary/metabolic, musculoskeletal and neurological exercise physiology. Exercise physiology students are placed in a wide variety of settings across the state and country, including hospitals, private practice clinics, community health centres, regional health services and general practice medical centres.

In addition to the documentation listed below, you will need to obtain a First Aid and CPR certificate to complete your placements. Information on First Aid courses taught on campus is available at the Premium Health webpage.

Documents required:

Placement subjects:

Bendigo only

Occupational Therapy

Whilst studying Occupational Therapy, you will complete a total of approximately 1000 hours of placement and service learning throughout your course. Your first placement will be in the second semester of Year 3 (first year for students entering directly into the Master of Occupational Therapy) when you will undertake one four week placement, followed by one eight week placement in each semester of Year 4 as well as a ten week project placement.

All of the documents listed below are mandatory requirements for Occupational Therapy placements. You may also need to provide a CPR certificate, depending on where you complete your placements.

The police check, Working with Children’s Check and Consent and Acknowledgements forms will need to be provided prior to your fieldwork commencing in Year 2. All immunisation documents will be required prior to commencing placement in Year 3.

Documents required:

Placement subjects:

Physiotherapy

As a Physiotherapy student, you will undertake six 160-hour placements across the course of your degree, as well as two single-day fieldwork experiences if you are completing the combined Bachelor of Health Sciences/Master of Physiotherapy Practice. Fieldwork is undertaken in your second year, as a part of the subjects PTY2PDA and PTY3PDB.

Your first 4 placements will be based on building your core skills in the areas of musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory and neurological physiotherapy, as well as general/mixed caseloads. For your final two placements, you will have the opportunity to submit preferences for particular streams of physiotherapy based on your career goals, and these will be allocated based on this as well as the advice of your academic coordinator.

All of the documents listed below are mandatory requirements for Physiotherapy placements and fieldwork. You may also need to provide a CPR certificate, depending on where you complete your placements.

Documents required:

Placement subjects:

Post-Graduate Physiotherapy

If you are studying a Master of Sports Physiotherapy you will undertake two placements totalling at least 100 hours across your 12 month course. If you are study a Master of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy you will undertake four 40-hour placements across your 12 month course. Students undertaking the combined Master of Sports Physiotherapy/Master of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy will need to complete all 260 hours of placement throughout the two years of the course.

Post-Graduate Physiotherapy placements are self-sourced, meaning you find your own placement under the guidance of your academic coordinator in an area and setting that is of interest to you. Post-Graduate students often complete placements interstate and sometimes even overseas.

All of the documents listed below are mandatory requirements for Physiotherapy placements and fieldwork. In addition to the documentation listed below, if you are studying the Master of Sports Physiotherapy, you will need to obtain a First Aid and CPR certificate to complete your placements. If you are studying the Master of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, you may also need to provide a CPR certificate, depending on where you complete your placements. Information on First Aid courses taught on campus is available at the Premium Health webpage.

Documents required:

Placement subjects:

Bundoora only

Paramedicine

Whilst studying Paramedicine, you will complete approximately 640 hours of placement throughout the final three years of your course. You will be placed with public and private hospitals as well as Ambulance Victoria, and have an option to complete some interstate ambulatory services during your final year.  You will gain exposure to various area of Paramedicine, such as aged care, emergency care and primary care. You may also have the opportunity to complete an international placement in Canada or the United states.

All of the documents listed below are mandatory requirements for Paramedicine placements.

Documents required:

Placement subjects:

Bendigo only

Pharmacy

As a Pharmacy student, you will complete approximately 250 hours of placement throughout your course. You will gain exposure to a wide variety of public and private settings, including regional and metropolitan hospitals, aged care and privately owned pharmacies. Placements will begin in your first year, with two short introductory observation visits.

All of the documents listed below are mandatory requirements for Pharmacy placements.

Documents required:

Placement subjects:

Bendigo only

Podiatry

Whilst studying Podiatry, you will complete a total of 93 days of placement throughout the final two years of your course. This will begin in Year 3 (or Year 1 for Graduate-entry students) with a short 8 day placement in semester 2. In your final two years, you will gain exposure to both high risk and community practice, in a variety of metropolitan and regional external and private settings as well as the La Trobe Podiatry Clinic on our Bundoora campus.

All of the documents listed below are mandatory requirements for Podiatry placements. In addition to the documentation listed below, you will need to obtain a First Aid and CPR certificate to complete your placements. Information on First Aid courses taught on campus is available at the Premium Health webpage.

Documents required:

Placement subjects:

Bundoora only

Prosthetics and Orthotics and Orthoptics

Prosthetics and Orthotics

As a Prosthetics and Orthotics student, you will complete approximately 105 days of placement throughout your course. You may be placed across a wide variety of health services, such as major public and private hospitals, community health centres and private practices, and will be exposed to both prosthetic and orthotic practice.

All of the documents listed below are mandatory requirements for Prosthetics and Orthotics placements.

Documents required:

Placement subjects:

Bundoora only

Orthoptics

Whilst studying Orthoptics, you will undertake approximately 65 days of placement across the final two years of your course. We place students across a variety of different health services in Australia and internationally. This includes private clinics, major public health networks, regional health services and not-for-profit organisations such as Vision Australia.

All of the documents listed below are mandatory requirements for Orthoptics placements.

Documents required:

Placement subjects:

Bundoora only

Social Work

As a Social Work student, you will complete two 70-day placements in the final two years of your course. You may be placed across a range of facilities, such as major public or private hospitals, community health centres, mental health services and private clinics across both metropolitan and regional areas. Areas of practice may include alcohol and drugs, youth services, indigenous services, gender specific issues and justice services.

All of the documents listed below are mandatory requirements for Social Work placements.

Documents required:

Placement subjects:

An application form will need to be submitted if you wish to complete a non-standard or overseas placement. Applications forms can be found at the Social Work Student Placement forms page.

School of Psychology and Public Health

Health Information Management (HIM)

As a Health Information Management student, you will complete up to 64 days of placement across your course, depending on the course you are enrolled in. If you are completing the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Medical Classification)/Bachelor of Health Information Management, you will complete a total of 64 placement days beginning in your second year. If you are completing the Master of Health Information Management, you will undertake a total of 59 days of placement, beginning in your first year.

You will gain exposure to a variety of settings and health services; this could include major public and private hospitals, regional health services and research centres. For your final placement, you will have the opportunity to express interest in a number of projects proposed by our agency partners, and will be matched to one of these by your Academic Coordinator.

All of the documents listed below are mandatory requirements for Health Information Management placements. In addition to the documents below, you will be required to comply with the immunisation policies of the agencies where you are placed, meaning you may be required to provide an immunisation history also. This will be communicated to you by your Placement Officer when you receive your placement information.

Documents required:

Placement subjects:

Bundoora and Sydney only

Forms and documents

As a student undertaking placement in the College of Science, Health and Engineering, you will be required to obtain and provide certain documentation prior to attending your placements. This will ensure that we are able to meet our obligations to our placement partners, and will help to protect you from acquiring or transmitting vaccine-preventable diseases whilst on placement.

Individual requirements are available under each discipline above, however most agencies will require some, or all, of the following:

The agencies where you attend placements generally require you to hold certain documentation in order to be eligible to attend placement. Each agency may have their own documentation requirements, however most agencies require some, or all, of the following:

More specific information about each requirement, how to apply, and FAQ's are also available on the College of SHE Placements LMS site [La Trobe log in required].

Preparation for Health Placements

EASE: a free online resource to help prepare you for a placement [La Trobe log in required].

Grants and scholarships

You may be eligible for a grant or scholarship to assist with your out-of- pocket expenses for your placement(s).

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