Students are required to ensure they are fit for professional experience placement – without physical or mental impairments – which could affect the safety of the individual or the public (including those they will be working with or providing care for).
The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) defines impairment as:
“Impairment in relation to a person means the person has a physical or mental impairment, disability, condition or disorder (including substance abuse or dependence), that detrimentally affects or is likely to detrimentally affect:
- For a registered health practitioner or an applicant for registration in a health profession, the person’s capacity to practice the profession; or
- For a student, the student’s capacity to undertake clinical training as part of the approved course in which the student is enrolled or arranged by an education provider."
Professional experience placement may be emotionally, physically and mentally challenging for students. Students must inform the staff member responsible for coordinating their professional experience placement prior to the commencement of placement if they believe they may not be able to meet these challenges.
Students must adhere to all legislative requirements, occupational health and safety requirements, security requirements, confidentiality and privacy requirements and any other rules, bylaws, policies and procedures relating to the professional experience placement that are a requirement of a facility, organisation, government or the University.
Students must advise their placement coordinator if they are involved in an incident whilst on professional experience placement, especially if an injury occurs, and complete an incident report which the facility should provide. In the event that the facility does not have an incident form please use the University's Student Placement Accident, Incident and Injury Report Form. Once completed please email a copy of the form to your placement coordinator.