Sport and Exercise Science

Professional Experience Placement Sport and Exercise Science

What you need to do

This preparation checklist for Sport and Exercise Science placements covers the base requirements for MOST (but not all) host facilities.

As a JCU professional experience student it is your responsibility to ensure all pre-placement requirements are met. Please seek the advice of your placement coordinator or the Professional Placements Unit to confirm the pre-placement information and resources related to other States, services and facilities.

The following guidelines and checklist can be printed in hard copy or to PDF.

JCU Placement Procedure and Infectious Disease Policy

As a JCU professional experience placement student you are required to read the Professional Experience Placement Procedures for students within the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine. The document contains vital information for all students  of the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine (DTHM) about the responsibilities of both students and the University in relation to professional experience placement. The document also contains important information about the principles underpinning the administration of student placement.

You are also required to read the Procedure for Infectious Disease for students within the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine. This document guides students and the patients or clients they encounter regarding duty of care and minimising the risk of spreading or contracting vaccination-preventable infectious or blood-borne diseases.

After reading these documents you must sign the Student Declaration, which confirms you have read and understood the contents of both procedures, and return the signed document to the Professional Placement Unit.

JCU Student Clinical ID Card and Name Badge

Clinical ID cards are issued to students by the Professional Placement Unit.

Clinical ID cards are not the same as JCU Student ID cards. To obtain a Clinical ID you must have first obtained a JCU Student ID.

After the census date the Professional Placement Unit will order first year student cards and notify you by email when they are ready for collection in person.

If your card is about to expire and you still require it, or if you lose your card, you will need to contact the Professional Placement Unit. Replacement cards will incur a small cost.

During professional experience placement you must wear your Clinical ID at all times. This includes placement at the JCU Dental, JCU Health General Practice and JCU Allied Health and Interprofessional Clinics within the JCU Clinical Practices Building.

Clinical ID cards are valid for the duration of your enrolment and must be returned to JCU at the completion of your course.

JCU Confidentiality Acknowledgement

You must complete and sign the JCU Confidentiality Acknowledgement every year.

In signing the Acknowledgement, you – the student – acknowledge that you have been instructed in the concept of patient, client and business confidentiality, and will respect clients’ confidentiality at all times, including during tutorials, lectures and discussions, both professional and private.

Please download, complete, sign and submit the Confidentiality Acknowledgement to the Professional Placement Unit by email or in person, and retain a copy for your professional portfolio.

Working with Children Check – Blue Card

The Working with Children Check is a screening process that assesses your suitability to work with children based on known disciplinary and police information.

Please DO NOT submit your application directly to Blue Card Services. Applications are specific to JCU and must be submitted through the Professional Placement Unit. You should begin your application as soon as possible and submit it to the Professional Placement Unit for processing and submission. There is no fee for students. It can take up to 8 weeks to obtain a Blue Card because of the checks and processes involved.

The Blue Card is valid for three years. It must be renewed at least one month before its expiry date to retain currency.

It is your responsibility to maintain a current Blue Card throughout your course. It is also your responsibility to ensure your contact details are up to date with Blue Card Services. For example, if you change your address or phone number, you must contact Blue Card Services and provide your new details.

Start your Blue Card application

You should complete a Blue Card Application and submit it to the Professional Placement Unit along with all your other documents to verify your identification.

If you reside more than 50 km outside Cairns or Townsville, you should have your identification verified by a Justice of the Peace (JP) or other prescribed person using the Identification Verification by a Prescribed Person form. Send the completed form and your application by email to the Professional Placement Unit.

If you already hold a current Blue Card

If you already hold a Blue Card you should complete an Authorisation to Confirm a Valid Card/Application form to advise that you are undertaking child-related activities with additional organisations, under the responsibility of JCU. Please visit the Professional Placement Unit in person to submit the form, ensuring you bring your ID with you.

First Aid Certificate and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certificate

First Aid and CPR training must be completed prior to commencing your first professional experience placement, or by week 12 of the first teaching period, whichever comes first.

A copy of your proof of course completion (i.e. the certificate) must be supplied to the Professional Placement Unit.

Please use a recognised Australian training provider and note that it can take up to 6 weeks to receive certificates. Course costs must be borne by you, the student.

First Aid certificates are valid for 3 years, while CPR certificates are valid for 12 months only.

Online courses and certificates that do not meet the Australian standards and/or do not include a face-to-face training requirement will NOT be accepted.

Immunisations

In accordance with Queensland Health and JCU procedures, students who are enrolled in health courses must be fully immunised against Hepatitis B before commencing their professional experience placement, or by the end of the first teaching period, whichever comes first.

You are required to provide evidence of immunisation or proof that you are immune to Hepatitis B (Seroconverted / Non-seroconverted).

In the first instance, we suggest you undergo a blood test to check your level of immunity to Hepatitis B, particularly if you are a recent school leaver.

If you need to complete the immunisation process, please discuss this with your General Practitioner. You will need to start the immunisation process as soon as possible, as the course takes 6 months to complete.

Please provide a copy of your proof of immunity documents to the Professional Placement Unit and retain your evidence of immunity in your portfolio and take it with you when you attend professional experience placement.

Further advice relating to vaccinations and immunisation is available through JCU Health General Practice, Level 1, Clinical Practice Building, JCU Townsville, or your General Practitioner.

Recommended Vaccination Schedule at JCU Health General Practice.

JCU Clinical Practice Building Orientation

For Townsville placement students only

To undertake a clinical observation or placement at the JCU Clinical Practice Building, you must complete additional requirements and a compulsory questionnaire.

Visit the JCU College of Healthcare Sciences website for forms and links.

Your Summary Checklist

Requirement Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
JCU Placement Procedure and Infectious Disease Policy

JCU Student Clinical ID Card and Name Badge

  
JCU Confidentiality Acknowledgement

Working with Children Check - Blue Card

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First Aid Certificate and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certificate

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Immunisations

  
JCU Clinical Practice Building Orientation
For Townsville placement students only

  
Check with the Professional Placement Unit for any additional placement requirements