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Preparing for University - Workplace Learning

Workplace Learning, also known as Clinical Placement, is a key component of the courses offered by the School of Community Health. It provides students with an opportunity to develop their skills and professional identity in a range of community and clinical settings.

There are important requirements that you must complete before you can attend a workplace learning placement. These preclinical requirements are set by state health authorities, the university and other external agencies. They are in place to protect you, your colleagues and your patients from potential risks that exist in the workplace.

You will be given more information about preclinical requirements and your placements during orientation week but it's important to get started before you arrive at university.

Step 1 – Before University

Students are responsible for meeting all preclinical requirements. Some requirements take more time to complete than you might expect and you should start working towards them before you begin university.

The Health Education and Training Institute (HETI) have prepared a collection of short videos to provide you with more information about clinical placement requirements which are available from

Preclinical Compliance Check List is provided for you to work through below.

Applicable ToDocument LinkContact Email

All Community Health Students

Preclinical Compliance Check List

Step 2 – Before Placement

Read the Workplace Learning Manual developed for all Community Health students.  It will outline what to expect on placement, who to contact with questions and what will be expected of you as a CSU student.

Then read your Discipline Handbook which contains information specific to placements in your field of study. There are links to both handbooks provided in the table below.

Applicable ToDocument LinkContact Email

All Community Health Students

Workplace Learning Manual

Podiatric Medicine

See 1st Year Podiatry Handbook


Physiotherapy Handbook

Speech Pathology

Speech Pathology Handbook

If you have specific questions about your placements for your discipline, please use the email addresses provided in the table above.

Step 3 – After Placement

After your placement has finished you will be asked to provide copies of your assessments, client histories and feedback forms. You can upload these documents to  Inplace which is a database that the University uses to manage and document your workplace learning experiences. It allows the University capture the following types of information:

  • Preclinical documentation including first aid certificates, immunisations and police checks.
  • Placement documentation including assessments, time-sheets and feedback forms.
  • Accommodation preferences for workplace learning

You will receive more information on how to use the Inplace database throughout your course.

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