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Get ready for practice

At ECU, we have a duty of care to our students and our partners whom are allied to the health disciplines of our University.

The process of completing pre-practicum preparation provides evidence of ECU discharging its duty of care to students, when we place students into health working environments for the purpose of learning and assessment.

ECU intends it to be a process by which any student who anticipates working with clients/patients, in any health care and/or education setting, for the full duration of the undergraduate or postgraduate program, addressing the risks that they face and are faced with, in the practicum environment.

Once enrolled, you will be informed at the Orientation session of the exact safety requirements of your discipline and the process will be explained in further detail.

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.

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.

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.

To be eligible to undertake clinical practice and fulfill their duty of care, students are required to complete risk management protocols on commencement of the course and carry out amendments in subsequent semesters, as appropriate.

You can download the Pre-Prac checklist as a guide. Current students are able to access our Clinical Placements Blackboard site for further information and forms. Risk management protocols include, but are not restricted to:

  • Certified copy of National Police Clearance certificate;
  • Certified copy of Department of Health (WA) Criminal Screening card;
  • Current Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) initial certification required plus annual renewal of certification, courses available via ECU provider;
  • Current Manual Handling Certification initial certification required plus annual renewal of certification, courses available via ECU provider;
  • Evidence of immunisation status as per the Department of Health schedule;
  • MRSA clearance if worked in, or been admitted to, a health facility outside of Western Australia in the 12 months prior to enrolment;
  • Certified copy of your Working with Children Check.

Immunisation clearances required

In order to attend clinical practice placements, you must provide evidence of immunity to each of the diseases listed below:

  • Measles;
  • Rubella;
  • Mumps;
  • Varicella;
  • Hepatitis B;
  • Tuberculosis;
  • Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis within the last 10 years.

Police screening and other requirements

Before being permitted to attend clinical placements students must have lodged and completed requests for the appropriate background checks. Checks may take up to three months from lodgement to complete and should be submitted during the first week of semester. It is your responsibility to ensure you have the appropriate checks that are listed on our police screening and other requirements page. Once received, our process requires that police clearances must be certified and uploaded to our Placements system (Sonia).

Required certification

Before being permitted to attend clinical placements, students must have evidence of current Hand Hygiene, CPR and Manual Handling certification.

Further information

Current students can refer to the Clinical Placements Blackboard site for more information in the first instance.

For queries relating to clinical placements, please contact us:

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