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Clinical placements

Several of our courses provide you with compulsory clinical experiences.

Before your placement, you must complete various pre-placement screenings and activities to ensure both your safety and the safety of the general public are maintained during your placement.

Placement guidelines and screening requirements are:

  • Applicable to all students involved in placements.
  • Related to the requirements of the duties or functions to be carried out in the placement.
  • Consistent with University policy, and with Commonwealth and State Government legislation relating to equal opportunity and discrimination.

If you do not meet these guidelines and pre-placement requirements, you will be unable to attend your placement, which may prevent or delay you from completing your topic, and possibly your degree.

Registration standards for respective occupations define the amount of placement hours that you will need to successfully complete. Failure to successfully undertake or complete a placement will impact your ability to register as a health professional.


Courses with placements

The following study areas provide clinical placements. Highlighted are the main areas of compliance, however each course has additional and specific requirements.

Each course or topic coordinator will provide you with specific instructions about placements before or during your study.

Criminal history screening Immunisations Medical & physical testing

Medicine (MD)





Criminal history screenings

Key points:

  • Different placement providers require different criminal history / working with vulnerable persons checks, so you may need to apply for multiple clearances.
  • For interstate placements, refer to the relevant legislation in that state.
  • Screenings may take 2-3 months to complete and you cannot attend placement until clearance is received.
  • International students will be required to also seek a criminal history check from their home country.



Immunisation requirements are different for each course, and specific information will be provided once you have enrolled. The following information is to be used as a guide only.


Your health & welfare

Before placement

If you have an existing illness or disability that could impact your ability to successfully undertake a clinical placement, you must advise your topic coordinator before starting your placement.

More information: Contact a University Disability Advisor to discuss an access plan.

If you do not declare a pre-existing illness or impairment that could either place the public at substantial risk of harm, or impact your ability to complete the requirements of your placement, you will be withdrawn from placement.

More information: Withdrawal of student from placement and Section 143 of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (SA) Act 2010.


During or after placement
Clinical placements can be emotionally taxing for students. If you require assistance, Flinders offer an independent counselling service and an on-campus health service .


Work health and safety

You must participate in relevant training before starting a placement, which may include:

  • Specific training provided by your discipline.
  • Basic WHS training provided through the University’s online placement software.

Host organisations are responsible to ensure their workplace is safe for students on placement.

During placements, you must comply with any reasonable safety instructions, rules or procedures of the host organisation (e.g. wearing personal protective equipment).


Induction checklist

An induction checklist must be completed at the start of each placement by either your placement supervisor, or by another appropriate member of staff.

Keep a copy of the completed checklist, with the original kept by your supervisor.

Injury, accidents or incidents

If you are injured or involved in an incident or accident while on placement you should report the event immediately. You are required to:

  • Immediately report the accident/ incident to the most appropriate person at the venue.
  • Seek appropriate first aid or medical advice if required.
  • Complete the venue's report form with the appropriate staff member.
  • Complete a University accident/incident report via the Flinsafe website. Provide a copy to your course coordinator.
  • You will need to discuss with Student Services about any medical treatment costs not covered by Medicare.