An Introduction to the Clinical Placement Office (CPO)

About us

This section provides an introduction to the Clinical Placement Office and the different placement locations within ACT Health.

About us

Our commitment

We support students and trainees from local education institutions and our local and regional communities.

We make placements a positive and worthwhile experience for staff and students/trainees.

We maintain safe environments through compliance with legislative, policy and accreditation standards.

We build and strengthen relationships with education and government organisations.

We support quality clinical supervision.

Clinical Placement Office

The Clinical Placement Office (CPO) co-ordinates clinical placements within ACT Health facilities (including Calvary Public Hospital facilities), in accordance with the Deeds and Schedules that exist with Education Providers and with the support of clinical facilitators and educators.

  • CPO organises placements for Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health students, co-ordinating approximately 3000 placements per year.
  • CPO works closely with the Australian National University to support medical student placements.
  • CPO is the first point of contact for education providers and students requiring clinical placements within ACT Health.
  • CPO manages placement requests, the allocation of placements across ACT Health and monitors student compliance with placement pre-requisites.
  • CPO provides expertise and leadership in the area of clinical education coordination, including consultancy with key stakeholders and support of clinical educators.
  • CPO is responsible for investigating any reported incidents of breaches of the clinical placement deeds.

Note: All student clinical placements are organised through the Clinical Placement Office. No other ACT Health staff member is authorised to agree to the commencement of placements within ACT Health. 

Education providers should contact CPO to discuss or arrange clinical placements. The Student Placement Deed between ACT Health and Education Providers stipulates that students are not to approach ACT Health directly to organise their own placements.

CPO does not co-ordinate voluntary work placements or offer work experience programs for university students, apprentices or for work shadowing.

Year 10-12 school students requiring work experience

Work experience placements for school students are not co-ordinated through CPO.

To arrange this, please contact Staff Development Unit  - Secondary Student Work Experience Placement Co-ordinator on 02 62443418 or 02 62442258.


Research students

Research students should contact the ACT Health Research Office, 02 62444043. Email:

Support for Clinical educators and supervisors

Clinical educators and supervisors play an important role in supporting students and trainees in their development as professionals. High quality supervision can impact significantly on the learning outcomes and experiences of students or trainees undertaking placements.

The Clinical Placement Office (CPO) offers support to ACT Health clinical educators and supervisors by assisting in the planning, implementation and evaluation of placements.

All staff supervising or managing students should be familiar with the Student and Trainee Clinical Placement Policy and Clinical Supervision Policy.


ACT Health staff providing clinical placement supervision are responsible for the following:

  • Ensuring that students and trainees display their ACT Health identification at all times.
  • Providing workplace orientation according to the Student and Trainee Clinical Placement Policy, student's or trainee's compliance with ACT Health policies, to set collaborative learning objectives and to make them feel welcome and valued.
  • Ensuring that the student Orientation checklist has been completed and returned to the CPO. The orientation form is a tool to ensure that a student is aware of infection control issues, the need for an ID pass, fire and emergency procedures, an understanding of hazards, is able to access policies and is aware of the importance of reporting incidents.  Ensuring that students and trainees have read the Student Essentials and have completed an ACT Health Acknowledgement form. The Student Essentials page covers professionalism, confidentiality, consent, infection control and privacy issues.
  • Ensuring students and trainees are aware of client confidentiality and the requirement to comply with the Privacy Act 1988.
  • Assisting all students and trainees to meet the objectives of their placements and, where required, to complete end of placement assessments.
  • Notifying Educational Institutions of any disputes or issues that are encountered during the placement. For assistance please contact the CPO.
  • Reporting, via Riskman, any adverse incidents that occur during the placement. For assistance please contact the CPO.
  • Ensuring that every student and trainee has the opportunity to complete an evaluation survey about their placement.
  • Checking that the student or trainee returns identification and proximity passes at the end of the placement. Students who will be returning to ACT Health may retain their pass until the end of their course.

ACT Health Placement Facilities

ACT Health provides placements in several key service areas. These include the following settings:

Rehabilitation and Aged Care Community Health services

  • Community and residential rehabilitation, geriatric services (inpatient and community), transitional therapy and care

Canberra Hospital

  • Tertiary level medical, surgical, maternity and paediatric services (including neo-natal intensive care, genetic services)

Mental Health, Justice Health, Alcohol and other Drug Services

  • Hospital based specialist services, supported accommodation services and community based service responses
  • Forensic mental health services, opioid treatment service, withdrawal service

Cancer Services

  • Screening, assessment, diagnostic, treatment (predominantly medical) oncology, radiation oncology, haematology, immunology and palliative care services

ACT Pathology

  • Specialist services in anatomical pathology, chemical pathology, diagnostic haematology, diagnostic immunology, microbiology, cytogenetics, and molecular pathology.

Population Health

  • Public and environmental health services, health promotion services, public health policy

Calvary Public Hospital Services

Via a contractual agreement with the Little Company of Mary Health Care ACT

  • Inpatient specialities: acute medical and surgical, mental health, palliative care and maternity
  • Outpatient services and an Emergency Department

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