Work Integrated Learning

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Work Integrated Learning (WIL), also known as Clinical and Work Placements, is an integral part of the overall learning experience for students in most of the professional entry level undergraduate and graduate programs offered in the Faculty of Health Sciences. The purpose of these placements is to provide students with opportunities to integrate knowledge and skills at progressively higher levels of performance and responsibility during the program.

Under the supervision of qualified practitioners and suitably experienced supervisors, students seek to apply theoretical and evidence based knowledge, skills and attributes developed in academic study, and build on these through interaction with clients and professional practitioners. Workplace based education also provides students with situations in which to practise interpersonal skills and develop characteristics essential to productive working relationships. It provides an opportunity for students to develop professional reasoning skills and management skills, as well as to master techniques that develop competence at the level of a beginning practitioner. Opportunities for interprofessional learning are often available during placements.

Workplace based education is provided in a variety of settings reflecting the current trends for the profession concerned. Depending on the specific professional discipline, placements may be undertaken in facilities such as hospitals, schools, community health centres, private health organisations and practices, government and non government agencies and on-campus clinics. The settings may be located in metropolitan, regional, rural and remote areas and occasionally interstate.

The timing and structure of placements will vary according to preferences of each academic unit. Patterns may include day-release programs during the semester, clinical simulation in the classroom, and periodic block placements, which may take place within or outside of semester. Students should be aware of the patterns of workplace based education for their course as the timing and structure of placements can affect the exact length of courses and vacation time.

For further information about standard placement dates, students should refer to the discipline specific placement calendars via the discipline headings to the left side of this page.

Students need to refer to the relevant tabs at the top of this page for information required to prepare for placements and for during placements.