It is recommended that students explore their placement options and requirements prior to enrolment.
The required placement experiences may not be available in your local area and some travel may be necessary to address all the placement requirements.
It is recommended that placement for NURS8823 commence from week 6. Commencing placement after 5 weeks of the theory will provide you with a knowledge base to support your placement. Earlier commencement can be arranged by negotiation with the topic coordinator.
Your venue will need to have a current student placement agreement with Flinders University or be willing to sign one for insurance purposes.
Your placement includes multiple experiences to assist you develop a broad understanding of and to embed your theory through practice. The minimum you will need to undertake is 18 days.
Most venues cannot offer all services, you will most likely need to engage with at least 2 different providers to gain all the required experiences.
You are required to source and confirm your placement venues. You must provide this notice not later than 2 weeks prior to your commencement.
We have developed some fact sheets to assist you in planning your placements. Please click on the below to find out more by region.
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory
Unless you have received (partial) exemption due to a recognition of your prior knowledge and clinical achievements* (refer below for more information). The minimum requirements are:
Early childhood placement - 15 days
Includes Home Visits, Child Health Centre Consultations, Day Stay Services, PreSchool Screening and any other relevant services. Ideally this is undertaken 2 days per week to support your learning over the semester to progressively build your theory and provide time for reflection between your placement days, you may also undertake this placement as a ‘block’.
The half-day orientation at the early childhood placement is included in this placement.
Special services placement - 3 days
You can choose ONE from the following:
- 3 days in a residential service - for example Torrens House (Adelaide), Ngala (Perth), Ellen Barron Family Centre (Brisbane), a service for parents and babies/children up to 12-24 months old who need intensive support.
- 3 days in an Aboriginal Health Service offering Child and Family Health Services – for example Danila Dilba (NT), Nunkuwarrin Yunti (SA).
- 3 Days with a Nurse Practitioner specialising in Paediatric or Child and Family Health - this provides an opportunity for you to see an advanced practitioner in your discipline area
- 3 Days at a service providing multidisciplinary early intervention services to children 5 and under - the service for clients who are referred for treatment following developmental assessment in the clinic, for example a physiotherapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist or dietician providing an Interprofessional service together (e.g. A ‘Feeding’ clinic). This provides students with knowledge about the service such as the referral criteria, making an 'informative and relevant’ referral and useful information for the family to support the referral. It also supports learning about Interprofessional practices and treatments.
To enquire if your local service will be suitable, please contact the topic coordinator via email to discuss.