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 stream. It emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of clinical practice excellence, within a framework of inquiry based learning and evidence based practice. (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 15 sessions (half days). Whenever possible, attachments will be tailored to complement the candidates' past clinical experience. (ii) Students from Public Health and laboratory backgrounds will have relevant fieldwork or laboratory attachments, together with some clinical exposure if applicable. (iii) 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 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 for this unit in addition to online learning activities. Exemptions and/or credit requests are not available for this unit

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On-line (weekly discussion board participation) plus block/intensive mode: 3 days, 9am-5pm; Professional placement.


Direct observation of profession-specific tasks, Reflective Log Book, Written assignment (50%), Oral group presentation (50%).

Faculty/department permission required?


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.