A student placement might sometimes be referred to as a "fieldwork placement", "practical placement", "work integrated learning", "clinical placement", "clinical practicum" or "clinical practice". It is the component in some courses or subjects that is conducted in a non-classroom environment that assists you in putting your theoretical knowledge into practice, usually involving interaction with actual patients or clients.
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There are some important things you need to know before you undertake a student placement.
Read this section thoroughly to ensure you're fully prepared and don't get caught out.
Before being allowed to commence a student placement, all students must satisfy certain pre-placement requirements.
Compliance with these requirements is monitored by placement coordinators through Sonia and reviewed by placement host organisations prior to commencement.
Rural placements provide a valuable opportunity to explore the intricacies of regional and remote health care provision and offer diverse, 'next level' experiences.
There is a suite of support services available for students participating in rural placements, including financial assistance, accommodation and educational opportunities.
From time to time, things can happen on placement that aren't great.
Find out about what to do in different situations, and what support services are available to help you out.
In an emergency, always dial 000.
Sonia is the Faculty's comprehensive placement administration tool. As every placement experience is unique, Sonia is used differently for each cohort and discipline. Check with your placement coordinator for information about how Sonia is used for you.
Note: When accessing Sonia you need to select the relevant school or department, and then click the 'University Sign In' button to use your standard University of Melbourne credentials.