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At ECU, we have a duty of care to the students and partners allied to our health education programs.

Our pre-practicum preparation management process aims to help any student who anticipates working with clients, in any health care and/or education setting for the duration of their undergraduate or postgraduate program, address the risks that they face and are faced with in the practicum environment.

To ensure our duty of care is upheld, we each play a role in the process.

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. Major sources of clinical placements are facilities within the Department of Health and private organisations. The Contract of Agreement established between ECU and all clinical placement sites may require that all students who come into contact with clients, do not introduce unnecessary risk and are themselves protected against risk in the practicum environment. ECU honours our Contracts of Agreements by ensuring that:

  • It has discharged our duty of care to or students by satisfying itself that the students have been adequately prepared for their practicum and can demonstrate this; and
  • All ECU students can demonstrate that their presence in the work place introduces no significant additional risk to the client and the practicum partner.

ECU’s failure to do this, for even one student, places our Contract of Agreement with the facility in jeopardy.

What will the Placement Provider do for you?

Clinical placement sites are a vital part of your education program. They allow you to interact with clients and observe professionals, in your chosen discipline, working with real clients. Your clinical placements give opportunity to experience what your future professional 'life' might look like. The clinical placement sites also offer you the opportunity to achieve the required practical competencies in your program of education. They too have an obligation to you to provide a safe working environment for the duration of the practicum e.g. providing orientation to students on their safe working system and methods.

What do you need to do?

You have been presented with a satchel containing pre-practicum preparation requirements. It is your responsibility to meet these requirements before you attend any clinical placement site. If you have any queries regarding the process, you will be able to liaise with the clinical placement coordinator in your School.

We recognise that the process of pre-practicum preparation can be confusing. But, it is an integral part of our professional practice. For that purpose, this information has been designed to try and assist the process by informing you of:

  • All ECU’s requirements;
  • Why they are required; and
  • What the potential costs are.

This site also suggests how you can meet ECU’s requirements along with a suggested timeline to ensure that your preparation is both adequate and timely.

What is the consequence of non-compliance?

Students who fail to 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.

Once enrolled, students will be informed at one of their first lectures of the exact safety requirements of their discipline and the process will be explained in further detail.

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