It is recommended that students explore their placement options and requirements prior to enrolment.
The required placement experiences may not be available in your local area and some travel may be necessary to address all the placement requirements.
It is recommended that placement for NURS8823 commence from week 6. Commencing placement after 5 weeks of the theory will provide you with a knowledge base to support your placement. Earlier commencement can be arranged by negotiation with the topic coordinator.
Placements cannot commence prior to the commencement of semester 2.
Your venue will need to have a current student placement agreement with Flinders University or be willing to sign one for insurance purposes.
Your placement includes multiple experiences to assist you develop a broad understanding of and to embed your theory through practice. The minimum you will need to undertake is 21 days.
Most venues cannot offer all services, you will most likely need to engage with at least 2 different providers to gain all the required experiences.
You are required to source and confirm your placement venues. You must provide this notice not later than 2 weeks prior to your commencement.
We have developed some fact sheets to assist you in planning your placements. Please click on the below to find out more by region.
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory
Unless you have received (partial) exemption due to a recognition of your prior knowledge and clinical achievements* (refer below for more information). The minimum requirements are:
Early childhood placement - 16½ days
Includes Universal Contact Visiting (UCV), Family Home Visiting (FHV), Child Health Centre Consultations, Day Service, Kindergarten Screening and any other relevant services. This is undertaken 2 days per week to support your learning over the semester to progressively build your theory and provide time for reflection between your placement days.
The half-day orientation at the early childhood placement is included in this placement.
Special services placement - 4½ days
These can be undertaken as a 'block' placement.
- 3 days in a residential service - for example Torrens House (Adelaide), Ngala (Perth), Ellen Barron Family Centre (Brisbane), a service for parents and babies/children up to 12-24 months old who need intensive support. Due to the limited venues students may be required to travel for this placement. Students who do not have these services in their state/territory will need to seek placement at one of the services listed above (limited places are available).
- Half day (4 hours) contact centre service (telephone service) – for example Parent Help Line (Adelaide), 13health (Brisbane), Contact Centre Ngala (Perth). You may be required to travel to attend the service.
The contact centre service (telephone service) placement relates to observing and listening to consultations/counselling on the telephone.
- Half-day (4 hours) at a hearing assessment centre - this is a service to which you would refer clients who 'fail' a hearing assessment in the clinic or school setting. This could be a designated hearing clinic, an audiology clinic, hearing assessment service.
This placement provides students with an understanding of the referral criteria, making an 'informative and relevant’ referral, and useful information to support family for the referral.
- Half-day (4 hours) at a child development unit - the service for clients who 'fail' a developmental assessment in the clinic or preschool setting, for example a hospital developmental unit, community paediatrician, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist or general practitioner.
This provides students with knowledge about the service such as the referral criteria, making an 'informative and relevant’ referral and useful information for the family to support the referral.