Placements during the COVID-19 pandemic

The University continues to deliver quality education and health training to students amidst the unique challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure we have a skilled health workforce of the future. As you return to placement it is important to understand that the experience will be different to what you may have experienced before. Restrictions continue to apply to some activities and across all health disciplines new techniques of delivering health care have been introduced or expanded (for example, tele or video-health).

Be assured that placements will only be facilitated where there are adequate protections for your safety and where a quality, comprehensive learning experience can be achieved.

When attending placement, you must stay up to date on the current advice from the Department of Health and Human Services, in particular the Infection Control Guidelines. You may also be required to participate in periodic screening and/or agree to additional terms and conditions related to the pandemic. We strongly recommend students download the COVIDSafe app or keep a diary to assist with contact tracing.

Students who are employed are reminded that they have access to government financial support at this time.  Students may be eligible for a COVID-19 Test Isolation Payment or a COVID-19 Worker Support Payment.  Please refer to the Department of Health and Human Services website.

If you or someone around you is anxious about coronavirus, you may find these COVID-19 support resources useful.

Before being allowed to commence a student placement, all students must satisfy certain pre-placement requirements. Students will not be permitted to commence placement if they:

  • Have not passed all pre-requisite academic and clinical assessments relevant to the student placement
  • Do not meet the minimum language and communication competence levels required to undertake the student placement
  • Have not satisfied the minimum requirements.

Minimum requirements