Students and trainees

Students and trainees from local education providers and those who live in the ACT are given priority for placements. All placements are subject to availability.

ACT Health does not have any existing Deeds and Schedules with international education providers and will only offer a clinical placement to international students in very exceptional cases.

How to apply for a clinical placement

Placement applications or expressions of interest are made through your education provider’s placement office or your course convener. The CPO does not take applications directly from individual students.

You will receive an email with login instructions to your SPO account once your details have been uploaded by your education provider. You will need to complete the placement pre-requisites on SPO at least 2 weeks before your placement starts.

One week before starting your placement, you will need to contact the placement area for a nursing or midwifery roster and collect your ACT Health student ID card from the Security Office.

Student and Trainee Placement Acknowledgement Form (Acknowledgement form)

You are required to sign your Acknowledgement Form. By signing this document, you demonstrate that you have read and understand your responsibilities whilst on placement.

You will need to upload a copy of the Acknowledgment form to your SPO account each calendar year.

Placement cancellation

A clinical placement can be cancelled by the CPO Manager or your education provider. If there are outstanding placement pre-requisites 2 weeks before your start date, your placement may be cancelled.

Students who are ACT Health staff members

As an employee, your application and process for a student placement is the same as for other students. You will need to login to SPO and check that you have met the placement pre-requisites. Depending on your role at ACT Health, you may have already met some of the pre-requisites and may forward evidence to CPO. 

It is important to be mindful of the following 3 requirements:

  1. All students who are ACT Health staff must complete an Acknowledgement form. The form is currently valid for a calendar year.
  2. SPO and Capabiliti are two different systems and as a staff member and a student, you will have an account for each.
  3. If your placement needs face to face manual handling training, you must provide proof of attendance at a training session in the last 12 months. This must be sent to the CPO.
Additional information for nursing and midwifery students

Nursing and Midwifery students are expected to follow the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia’s (NMBA) Codes of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct for Nurses and Midwives.

The NMBA National Competency Standards for a Registered Nurse, Enrolled Nurse and Midwife are used to support work practices that offer the expected core standards of care to patients and clients who require a provision of service by ACT Health staff. All ACT Health student nurses and midwives are expected to understand and use these standards during their clinical placements.

For more information or to download these standards, please see the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia website.

Additional information for allied health students

Allied Health Professional students and trainees are expected to follow their individual discipline’s code of conduct and ACT Health’s Standards of Practice for ACT Allied Health Professionals.

Professions regulated under the National Law (Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act) need to abide by the standards, codes and guidelines of their respective National Board.

Self-regulated allied health professions act in accordance with accredited qualifications, codes of conduct and continuing professional development specific to their discipline as determined by their respective peak professional associations.

Aditional information for medical students

Medical students are expected to abide by the Medical Board of Australia’s Codes and Guidelines in addition to ACT Health’s Code of conduct.

Please see the Medical Board of Australia website.

Additional information for overseas medical students

ACT Health and ANU Medical School accept a small number of overseas elective students each year.

Placements are arranged for students through the education provider’s placement office or course convenor. If you would like to undertake an elective placement with ACT Health, please discuss your placement query with your clinical placement coordinator and then apply through ANU Medical School by emailing elective.medicalschool@anu.edu.au

Page last updated on: 21 Sep 2018