Clinical Education

Clinical Education

Clinical education information

You will undertake 150 days of clinical placements over the program. Placements are part-time (1-2 days a week) in the first year of the program, and will be full-time (35 hours a week) in the second and third years of the program. Placements will include local, regional and rural settings. All expenses related to the placement including travel, accommodation and meals will be your responsibility.

Regulatory requirements

You will be required to attend clinical placements within the first month of commencement. In order to undertake clinical placements, all students who successfully gain a place in the Doctor of Physiotherapy are required to:

Employment Checks - Criminal Record Checks and Working with Children Checks
All students must complete the checks contained in the NSW Health Policy.

1. Obtain an Australian National Police Certificate. You can apply for a National Criminal Record Check from NSW Police. You can also apply at any Police Station. The cost of a National Criminal Record Check application by the NSW Police is $53.30 (at February 2016).

Alternatively, you can apply for a National Criminal Record Check from the Australian Federal Police (AFP). The cost of a National Criminal Record Check application by the Australian Federal Police is $42 (at February 2016).

You can also obtain a National Criminal Record check from CrimTrac Accredited Brokers.

Overseas students also require a Police Certificate from their home country (& any other country they have resided in) OR a Statutory Declaration (available at Appendix 5 of policy at top of the page), with no convictions. If there are convictions recorded the student must also have a current Clinical Placement Card or a conditional letter from NSW Health.

2. Read and sign the NSW Health Code of Conduct. Once you have read it you need to print and sign the declaration form at the end of this document (or at Appendix 6 of the policy at the top of the page).  

3. Obtain a Working with Children's Check  (make sure you apply under the students and volunteers category as this is free for students)  

More information about these checks may be found at the Advocate for Children and Young People website.

All students must be immunised against contracting a number of specified infectious diseases as stated in the NSW Health Policy related to Vaccinations and Screening, in particular Information Sheets 1-4 at the back of the policy document (from page 18)/

4. Commence vaccinations.  You will be required to provide evidence of protection against a number of infectious diseases and comply with these requirements at your own cost.  This includes submission of a NSW Ministry of Health Form 2: TB Assessment Tool and Form 3: Student Undertaking/Declaration (back of policy at the link above).  

A is included at the back of this manual in Appendix D.  You should download and print a Vaccination Record Card and take it with you to your GP to collect evidence of your immunity.   

5. Students must hold a current CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) and First Aid certificate from an accredited provider such as St John Ambulance, Australian Red Cross.

6. Purchase a uniform.  
You are required to wear uniforms to all clinical placements and these must be purchased prior to attending. You will be given information about purchasing uniforms in orientation information you will receive prior to commencement of the course.  

Please become familiar with these requirements and make sure you have enough time to complete them prior to commencement of clinical placements. Failure to complete these requirements by the third week of the program will prevent you attending clinical placements and jeopardise your progression through the program. International students have additional requirements outlined in the information provided in the links above. All costs and fees associated with completing these checks and immunisations are your responsibility. If you think you may have difficulty meeting these requirements please arrange a confidential discussion with the Clinical Education Manager prior to application.Note: All information is current at the time of publication. However, this information is subject to change by parties external to Macquarie University. 

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