La Trobe Health Sciences students enrolled in professional programs undertake clinical education in the form of clinical placements, fieldwork, and other clinical and practical experience. These placements are the main avenues by which students integrate theory with practice, further develop skills through supportive, professional environments, and gain essential working knowledge of the stages of human development and behaviour norms and the health, social and cultural factors which influence these.
Students involved in professional placements will be required to behave and present (including dress) in a professional manner at all times. Each professional group has a Code of Ethics, which will be provided to all students prior to undertaking fieldwork. Students are expected to have read the Code of Ethics prior to commencing fieldwork. Students will be required to respect and respond to client needs, ensure the confidentiality of client material and hold the client's welfare as paramount. It is also expected that students will interact with relevant others in a courteous and professional manner.
Professional placements provide students with a working knowledge of illness and disability and the support services and options available in different communities, and greater awareness of interdisciplinary working relationships and respective roles and functions. Professional placements will require students to obtain a police clearance and a Working With Children check.
Please note that more specific information on clinical or professional placement education requirements pertaining to your course will be provided by your course coordinators.
Health Placement Travelling Grant
Information for applicants
You must read the following information carefully before completing and submitting your application.
The College of Science, Health & Engineering (SHE) has allocated limited funding to support a competitive grant program designed to help students who have undertaken a health placement in a location 150 kilometres or more from their term address. The program is open to all undergraduate and graduate entry masters students enrolled in a Health Sciences course in the College that meet this criteria.
The College may also provide grants to students attending remote regional placements. Eligible students would be reimbursed a pre-determined amount as set by the College. These students do not need to submit an application. Reimbursement is processed on completion of the placement, based on the provision of eligible receipts.
Applicants should note that there is no guarantee of receiving a grant.
Each grant is valued at $30 per day of placement (a maximum of $150 per week) or $40 per day of placement (maximum of $200 per week) for rural students attending metropolitan placements.
These amounts may be reduced proportionately should the number of eligible applicants exceed funding available.
Number of Grants awarded
There are two application rounds for grants each academic year. There are no set number of grants awarded in any given round. The total number of grants provided depends on the total amount of funding available for the program for each round.
- Applicants must be currently enrolled in a Health Sciences course.
- The grant is available only to those students who have undertaken a placement in a location 150 kilometres or more from their term address.
- The grant is only available to those undertaking a placement of more than two weeks duration (10 placement days).
- You can apply whether or not you have another scholarship/grant (through La Trobe or externally provided), except where the purpose of the existing scholarship/grant is to support a student undertaking a placement.
- Students are limited to one Health Placements Travel grant only per academic year, and no more than three such grants per course of enrolment.
- Evidence of expenses incurred must to be provided in the form of receipts for accommodation and travel expenses only. Travel expenses from your usual place of residence to the location of your placement provider only, (not daily travel to the venue).
The Senior Coordinator, Placement Operations, College of SHE will be responsible for the allocation of grants.
Closing dates for applications
For placements where the completion date is between 1 January and 30 June 2018
- applications close by 5PM, Friday 6 July 2018
For placements where the completion date is between 1 July and 31 December 2018
- applications close by 5PM, Wednesday 9 January 2019
Please ensure that all the required documents to support your application are attached when you submit your application.
Documents will not be returned to you so if you would prefer not to submit the original, please provide a copy.
False or misleading information
La Trobe University reserves the right to withdraw an offer of any monies and to re-assess an application if the University believes the recipient has provided false or misleading information.
Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted.
Acknowledgement of applications
Applicants will receive an email acknowledgement, from the Placements Administration Officer, within one weekof receipt of application. The email will be sent only to applicants’ official La Trobe University student email accounts, as per University policy. Please do not supply any other email address
(see https://www.latrobe.edu.au/policies/ for full details on the University’s student email policy).
Notification of outcome of applications
The College will endeavour to notify applicants, by email, of the outcome of their application, within four weeks of the closing date.
Please note that your application will not be accepted if:
- You have not already completed your placement
- You do not supply your La Trobe University student email address
- You have not included all receipts to support your application