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Information for Work Integrated Learning (Placements)

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) and student placements

Work-integrated learning (WIL), also known as placements, is a unique form of educational experience that enables students to gain practical skills and knowledge within a discipline as a part of their study.

Placement units play an integral role in developing the concepts from the classroom by allowing students to gain practical skills and competencies while gaining valuable knowledge from industry professionals within a relevant learning environment, and across different sectors such as allied health, education non-government/community-based organisation or government.

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The College of Health and Human Sciences has launched a new Placement Management Software called InPlace (higher education students only). This software will allow you to manage your own placement applications, maintain up-to-date pre-clinical documents, and record your timesheets (if needed). The app is accessible on your web browser, mobile or tablet via the Student Portal, or follow the link below.

For more information, please contact the CHHS Placements Team at hhs.placements@cdu.edu.au or 08 8946 7528

 

For Higher Education students

Launch InPlace Portal Page

For VET students

VET Placements Page

 

Overview of organising your placement

A guide to arranging your placement with the College of Health and Human Sciences.
  • Step 1: Download the Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Student Placement Handbook (see links above)

    You can find all the information you need about arranging your placements, pre-placement clearances and key contacts.


    Step 2: Check the dates of placement offerings

    Most placements will be offered during the semester but it's best to check our calendar, as every discipline will be different

    Dates of when your placement/units are being offered are published here


    Step 3:  Seek Academic / Placement Advice

    Seek academic advice about:

    • Unit eligibility, pre-requisites, availability

    • Area/field of interest

    • How and when the placement unit will fit into your academic calendar


    Step 4: Register an "opportunity"

    After you have received academic advice, check InPlace (via Student Portal) to register your interest and apply for an opportunity. To register for an opportunity is the same as nominating or expressing interest. This lets our team know that you are ready for placement. Additionally, this will ensure you secure a spot when placements become available in the future. Likewise, you can also check when placements are available.

    For Higher Education students: Login to InPlace (via Student Portal) or go directly to placements.cdu.edu.au

    For VET students: Go to the VET Placements page


    Step 5: Get your pre-placement documents ready

    When you have all the information you need to make an informed decision, you will need to submit all your pre-placement documents. You can upload these directly to InPlace (via Student Portal)

    For Higher Education students: Login to InPlace (via Student Portal), go directly to placements.cdu.edu.au or email the placements team on hhs.placements@cdu.edu.au 
    Documents will need to be verified by the CHHS Placements Team so make sure you check InPlace regularly.

    For VET students: Go to the VET Placements page


    Step 6: Tentative offers are received and processed

    Once you have completed all your pre-requisite units and have enrolled on a placement unit, you will be shortlisted for a tentative placement offer. During this time, you may also be asked to attend an interview with the organisation we have matched you with. This is just a quick meet and greet and a great chance to ask the organisations any questions you may have about your placement.


    Step 7: Confirmation of your placement
    • You have submitted your application for an opportunity
    • You have passed all the pre-requisite units
    • You have enrolled in the unit
    • Submitted and received verification for ALL your pre-clinical documents.

    As soon as grades have been released, ensure you enrol into your intended unit immediately to ensure you secure your spot when the placement offers are released.


    Step 8: Starting your placement

    You are now ready to begin your placement. The placement a confirmation email will contain more information regarding location, start dates and time, supervision, contact person at the organisation.

      1. Download and read the Placement Student Handbook - it contains important information pertaining to your placement. 
         

      2. Ensure all your pre-placement documents are valid and up to date to avoid delay with your placement. Immunisations and vaccinations can sometimes take up to 6 months to be fully compliant, so it is best to start at least one semester ahead. Likewise, Police Checks and Working with Children Checks may take up to 3 months.
         

      3. Make sure you check the placement calendar so you don’t miss out on nominating for placements.
         

      4. Check your CDU student email and InPlace regularly and look out for available opportunities for your course.
         

      5. Plan your semester and units so you can fulfil your placement hours without missing classes, paid work or family commitments.
         

      6. Visit the CDU scholarships for financial or accommodation assistance.
         

      7. If you need advice, please contact us at hhs.placements@cdu.edu.au or by phone 08 8946 7528
         

    Pre-Placement Clearances

    Before you begin your placement, you will need to ensure you meet all the requirements. This includes completion of all pre-requisite units, enrolment into the placement unit and submission of the pre-placement documents into InPlace.

    VET students, please refer to CHHS VET Student Placement Handbook (PDF, 2.84 MB) for more information.
     

    Ethics in Placement Practice

    • The term ethics may refer to the philosophical study of the concepts of moral right and wrong and moral good and bad, to any philosophical theory of what is morally right and wrong or morally good and bad, and to any system or code of moral rules, principles, or values. The last may be associated with particular religions, cultures, professions, or virtually any other group that is at least partly characterized by its moral outlook.

      Ethics matters because:

      • It is part of how many groups define themselves and thus part of the identity of their individual members;
      • Other-regarding values in most ethical systems both reflect and foster close human relationships and mutual respect and trust, and;
      • It could be “rational” for a self-interested person to be moral because his or her self-interest is arguably best served in the long run by reciprocating the moral behaviour of others.

      Health professionals must practice ethically in order to ensure compassionate and effective client care; function as good interdisciplinary team members, and protect themselves from litigation and conduct and ethics complaints.

      It is vital that students when on placement are given substantial opportunities to develop their skills in ethical decision making. Students should be given the chance to reflect on ethical dilemmas and issues to develop a model or framework for ethical decision making in practice.

      • Students must be aware of the ethical issues that may arise in terms of student/ supervisor conduct during placement. These are issues relating to professional boundaries, dual relationships and conflicts of interest. Common ethical issues are students forming friendships with clients, the discovery of information that may be detrimental to the student’s placement and the decision to disclose this information, student and clients/ educators entering personal relationships and alleged harassment. As a student, you are encouraged to stop and reflect on your role and ensure that you have a sound understanding of the ethical responsibilities you have as a part of your role. Things to consider are issues of power, boundaries, your values and how they relate to others, conflicts that may arise during your placement, issues regarding disclosure of information and confidentiality.

        • Treat clients and carers as individuals, respecting their privacy and dignity
        • Make sure that you have consent from clients or other appropriate authority before you provide any care, treatment or other services
        • Follow CDU or placement provider’s policy on consent
        • Make sure that before you provide any care, treatment or other services, the client is aware that you are a student
        • Respect a person’s right to have their care, treatment or other services carried out by a professional and not a student
        • Treat everyone equally and not discriminate against anyone because of your personal views
        • Keep relationships with clients professional
        • Be polite and considerate to clients, other students and staff at CDU and placement provider
        • Listen to clients and carers; take account of their needs and wishes when carrying out any care, treatment or other services
        • Take all reasonable steps to make sure that you can communicate appropriately and effectively with clients and carers
        • Tell your relevant CDU staff and placement provider if you are experiencing any difficulties or other issues which may affect your learning or ability to successfully participate in your placement

        Use all forms of communication appropriately and responsibly, including social media and networking websites

        • Ensure that you are appropriately supervised for any task that you are asked to carry out
        • Ask for help when you need it
        • Be aware of any restrictions which apply to you in carrying out certain tasks. Follow any relevant CDU policies or that of your placement provider
        • Only carry out an unsupervised task if you feel that you have the appropriate knowledge and skills to do so safely
        • Take responsibility for your own learning
        • Be aware of and follow any guidance issued by CDU staff or placement provider for working with clients and carers.
        • Ask for, listen to, think about and respond proactively to the feedback you are given
        • Recognise that the opportunities for delegation will vary during your program depending on your knowledge, understanding, skills and experience
        • Discuss the delegation of tasks with an appropriate member of staff at CDU or placement provider before you take any action
        • Follow local policies or guidelines on delegation and working with others produced by CDU or placement provider
        • When giving tasks to another person to carry out on your behalf, you should make sure that they have the knowledge, skills and experience to carry out the tasks safely and effectively
        • If you give tasks to another person to carry out on your behalf, you should make sure that they have the appropriate information to carry out the tasks safely and effectively
        • Explain to clients and carers when you have asked another person to provide any care, treatment or other services
        • Keep information about clients and carers confidential. Only use it for the purpose for which it was intended
        • Follow CDU policy on confidentiality in line with that of your placement provider
        • Remove anything that could be used to identify a client or carer from the information which you use in your assessments or other academic work
        • Ensure that the records you keep are clear and accurate
        • Take care to protect records from being damaged, lost or accessed by someone without permission
        • Follow placement provider’s policy on record keeping
        • Take all appropriate steps to limit the risk of harm to service users, carers and others
        • Do not do anything that you think will put someone in danger or at unacceptable risk
        • Follow your placement provider’s policy on managing risk
        • If confidential information raises concerns about the safety or wellbeing of someone, you should discuss this promptly with an appropriate member of staff at CDU or placement provider
        • Be aware that you may put your clients or yourself at risk if your performance or judgement is affected by your physical or mental health
        • Ask for appropriate support and adapt your study or stop studying if your performance or judgement is affected by your physical or mental health and could put clients, yourself or others at risk
        • Tell an appropriate member of staff at CDU or practice placement provider if something has gone wrong in any care, treatment or other services you have carried out involving a client or carer
        • Co-operate with members of staff at CDU and placement provider if something has gone wrong in any care, treatment or other services you have carried out involving a client
        • Tell an appropriate member of staff at CDU or placement provider if a client or carer
        • wants to raise concerns about any care, treatment or other services they have received
        • Ensure that your conduct and behaviour does not damage public trust and confidence in your profession
        • Be aware that your conduct outside of your placement and CDU may affect current and future placements
        • Ensure that your personal appearance is appropriate for your practice placement environment
        • Reference other people’s work appropriately and not pass it off as your own
        • Provide constructive feedback on the quality of your teaching and learning experience in both the education and practice placement setting through the appropriate channels
        • Advise CDU as soon as possible if you are charged with, convicted of, or accept a caution for any offence
        • Co-operate with any investigation into your conduct or competence