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Pre-practicum preparation

At ECU, we have a duty of care to our students and our partners whom are allied to the health disciplines of our University. By completing your pre-practicum preparation and providing your documents, you help us to ensure safety for you and for others in the health working environments.

We encourage you to read all information provided on this site about ECU's pre-practicum preparation for health disciplines.

Further information will be provided at one of your first lectures and on Blackboard in the relevant units.

What will ECU do for you?

ECU prides itself on enabling students to leave their selected program of education 'industry-ready'. One of the ways in which we achieve this is to develop relationships with industry partners so that your clinical experience can be wide and varied, giving you the opportunity to experience your chosen speciality. The Contract of Agreement between ECU and placement sites require steps to reduce unnecessary risk. The pre-placement preparation process and documentation ensures that these steps are taken.

What will the Placement Provider do for you?

Clinical placement providers are a vital part of your education program which allow you to interact with patients/clients and experience what your future professional life might look like. The clinical placement sites also offer the opportunity to achieve the required practical competencies in your program. They have an obligation to you to provide a safe working environment for the duration of the practicum and this includes providing orientation on safe working system and methods.

What do you need to do?

You are responsible for meeting the pre-practicum preparation requirements before you attend any clinical placement site. We recognise that the process of pre-practicum preparation can be confusing. This information summarises ECU’s requirements, the potential costs and timelines.

It is important that you answer questions honestly and provide documents required. Failure of even one student in completing the pre-placement preparation correctly can place our Contract of Agreement with the facility and therefore opportunities for all students in jeopardy.

You will be sent a welcome email containing instructions on how to proceed. If you have any queries regarding the process, you will be able to liaise with the clinical placement coordinator in your program.

What is the consequence of non-compliance?

Students who do not comply with the pre-practicum preparation requirements for clinical practice may not be allowed to attend clinical facilities. Where clinical practice is a compulsory aspect of the education program, the consequence of not being allowed on clinical placement may result in you failing the unit.

What are the costs?

There will be costs for medical consultation, testing and vaccination, which are usually not covered by Medicare, and you will be responsible for these costs. You may obtain these from your local GP or the Student Health Service at ECU. ECU’s Student Health Services usually provides vaccines at a lesser cost for students. For further information, visit the ECU Student Health Services website.

There are also application costs associated with:

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