Student Placement FAQ

NCRC's can take up to 25 days to receive.

Immunisation courses can require multiple treatments and can take up to 6 months to complete. It is a NSW Health directive that immunisations and serology (blood tests) must be completed within 6 months of course commencement.

YES! All clinical programs require a variety of placement experiences to complement your program. This will often require placement away from the local area.

Your placement facility may ask to see your documentation as a requirement for compliance with safe practice. If you are concerned about a person's right to view your documentation discuss this with your placement contact.

No, your time on placement is not paid.

Any expenses incurred while on placement are your responsibility. If you are experiencing financial hardship, speak to your placement contact or find out more about any available scholarships or grants that may be applicable.

Placements are designed to meet program outcomes. Work experience is usually directed by the employer and does not align with program outcomes. This generally means that it is unlikely that you will be able to use work experience as placement hours. If you feel that you should be entitled to exemption or credit on the basis of work experience you should discuss this with your Course Coordinator.

As a student you are insured for the time you spend in a placement that relates directly to the course in which you are enrolled. The University has no objection to students undertaking work experience, however it is your responsibility to notify any person who offers you this opportunity that you are not insured by the University for this period. This means it is the organisation / facility that is responsible for your workplace insurance during that time, unless there is a School specific protocol.

The University does not cover students if they are driving service vehicles owned by a business or government entity.

Your School will provide you with course outlines and additional information about learning objectives for each placement.

An incident is something that results in (or potentially results in) harm to yourself or others. It can include physical injury or psychological damage. In the event of any incident occurring while you are on placement, you must not ignore it. You should:

  1. Seek medical attention where appropriate.
  2. Follow the health facility's incident response and reporting procedure.
  3. Contact your Facility Placement Supervisor, Placement Contact and / or Course Coordinator.

If you have a concern or grievance while on placement your first points of contact are your Placement Contact and Course Coordinator.

If your concern or grievance is unresolved, you should be aware of your rights to follow the complaint resolution process.

UON holds insurance policies to cover you while you undertake approved activities relating to your course. You are covered by the University's insurance policies if you are undertaking a professional placement that is a requirement of your course.

Details of the cover provided for students can be found at:

Students are not deemed to be employees of the University and are therefore not entitled to cover under Workers' Compensation Insurance.

Most States and Territories have their own placement requirements (e.g. additional immunisations). If you are allocated to an interstate placement, your School will inform you where additional placement requirements exist. In most cases this information will be available via SONIA.

If you believe you will not be able to complete your scheduled placement due to illness or serious circumstance beyond your control you may be entitled to apply for adverse circumstances. Adverse circumstances can include:

  • health grounds;
  • compassionate grounds;
  • hardship;
  • trauma; or
  • unavoidable commitments.

Adverse Circumstances do not include:

  • misreading the Course Outline or the examination timetable; or
  • usual work commitments; or
  • travel plans; or
  • ignorance of assumed knowledge requirements for a course.

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If you have any queries please contact your Course Coordinator.

SONIA is a UON system. NSW Health verification is displayed in SONIAonline however NSW Health has no access to SONIA. There can be a 7 day lag between receiving NSW Health verification and SONIA displaying the new information. If 7 days have past and your verification information is not displaying correctly please call/email your Placement Contact.