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Placement Information

All students attending placement should be aware of the following important information.


General Information

  1. All field placements are arranged by the Course Coordinator and Field Education Liaison Officers. Students are not to negotiate their own clinical placements without permission from the course co-ordinator. Please check with your Course Coordinator or Field Education Liaison Officer.
  2. Students should refer to the teaching schedule provided at the time of their enrolment or re-enrolment for details of their field placement dates and times throughout the year. These dates and times are set in advance and are not negotiable.
  3. Students are notified of placement details well in advance and are expected to be able to organise personal life commitments and travel arrangements to undertake these as scheduled.
  4. The School of Psychology, Social Work & Social Policy reserves the right to change placement dates to suit site availability if necessary. Students will be notified as soon as possible should such a circumstance eventuate.
  5. All students must adhere strictly to the requirements around field education placement practice for their program. The requirements are outlined in the Course Information Booklet and other course documentation.
  6. Students should also refer to the Practicum, Field and Clinical Placements clauses in the current year's Assessment Policies and Procedures Manual available on the Policy and Procedures website, for further information on their rights and responsibilities while on placement.
  7. Non compliance with placement venue requirements such as police clearances and mandatory notification training will result in you not being accepted for that placement.
  8. A student may request a variation to the assessment tasks required within a field placement on medical, compassionate or religious observance grounds, or community service e.g. elite athletes, jury duty, Defence Forces leave. Such requests must be supported by documentary evidence. (Ref: Moderation and Variation clauses in the UniSA Assessment Policies and Procedures Manual).
  9. Student requests for variation to placements must be submitted on the Request for Variation to Placement form. The completed form and attachments must be submitted to the Field Education Coordinator (see location and postal details at the end of this document) at least 6 weeks before the course commences.
  10. UniSA Students on placements are covered under the University of South Australia's insurance policy provided certain criteria are met. Insurance for Student Placements (PDF 251Kb - download Adobe Acrobat)
  11. Important OHS&W Information (PDF 179Kb - download Adobe Acrobat) to consider whilst of field education placement.