Professional Placement (SEXH5406)


This unit provides students with an oppurtunity to draw together and integrate their learning and practice in a capstone experience. Students will draw on knowledge, values, experience and outcomes and apply these in a professional setting. The unit also provides students with an introduction to the essential practical competences in their specific Pathway. It emphasises the interdisciplinary nature of clinical practice excellence, within a framework of inquiry based learning and evidence based practice. In this unit: (i) Students from clinical backgrounds will be attached to sexual health and HIV clinics and observe or manage patient care under supervision for a total of 60 hours. Whenever possible, attachments will be tailored to complement the candidates' past clinical experience; (ii) Students from laboratory backgrounds will have relevant fieldwork or laboratory attachments for a total of 60 hours, together with some clinical exposure if applicable; (iii) Students from public health backgrounds will have relevant fieldwork or laboratory attachments for a total of 80 hours, together with some clinical exposure if applicable; and (iv) Students from counselling backgrounds will explore the design and application of counselling interventions in supervised placements for a total of 80 hours. The University will assist in locating clinical, laboratory, public health and counselling placements. In addition, students will work in inter-professional groups to reflect on their role in team management of HIV, STIs and Sexual Health, and learn how to develop a relevant research proposal. There is a compulsory on campus intensive teaching block for this unit of study in addition to the online learning activities. Exemptions and/or credit requests are not available for this unit.

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Online plus block intensive mode, 3 days, 9am-5pm; Professional Placement


Discussion board participation (10%); 2,500 essay/report (30%); Presentation (30%); 2,500 word reflective essay (30%)

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Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.