Psychology (Postgraduate)

What you need to do

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

How to Submit Pre-Placement Requirements ( PPR) guide to submitting PPRs.

View the Master of Psychology Placement Checklist

View the 2024 Psychology Placement Calendar

For all Pre-Placement requirement please contact  Professional Experience Placement Unit

For Placement Enquiries please contact  Placement Coordinator, Kelly Horne

For all other enquiries , including administrative questions please  contact  M.Psych(Clinical) program or M.Prof(Psychology) program

Website College of Healthcare Sciences

COVID 19 UPDATE FOR STUDENTS ATTENDING PLACEMENT IN ALL HEALTHCARE FACILITIES IN QUEENSLAND:

As of 25 September 2023, Queensland Health no longer mandate COVID-19 vaccination for Students attending placements in Queensland Health facilities. Students must continue to follow the directions on the Queensland Health website Preparing for your Clinical placement.

Information on entering or returning to placement in a high-risk workplace setting is available on the QH webpage Visiting high-risk settings.

It is important to note that some health facilities that host JCU students for placement still require COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of entry for student placement. Students will be advised of this requirement at the time of their placement allocation.

Mater Health Facilities Queensland

If you are going on placement to a Mater Health Facility in Queensland please read the document below regarding COVID requirements:

COVID Update Student Placements

Undergraduate/Postgraduate Students

Please read the below-listed placement procedures, and complete and sign the JCU Professional Experience Placement Student Declaration to confirm that you have read and understood them.

The below documents contains vital information for all healthcare students about the responsibilities of both students and the University concerning professional experience placement.

Professional Experience Placement Procedures 

Procedure for Infectious Disease 

JCU Social Media Policy

JCU Student Conduct Policy

JCU Professional Experience Placement Requirements Procedure

JCU Review of a Student's Suitability to continue a Course involving Placement

JCU WHS - PRO-023 Infection Control Procedure

Once you have completed and signed the above-linked Student Declaration, please email it to the Professional Experience Placement Unit.

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

It is recommended that students download Adobe Acrobat Reader to be able to fill/sign forms. This is a free program. Click here to download Adobe Acrobat Reader.

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.

Download, complete, sign and email the Confidentiality Acknowledgement to the Professional Experience Placement Unit and retain a copy for your professional portfolio.

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

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

First-Year Students - After the census date, you will receive an email from the Professional Experience Placement Unit with instructions on how to order and collect your card. (Townsville Building 134 and Cairns A1).  Cost $15.

Clinical ID cards are valid for the duration of your enrolment. It should be returned to JCU on completion of your degree.

Lost or Expired Cards - If you lose your card or it expires before you complete your course, please send an email to healthplacements@jcu.edu.au to receive instructions on how to get a new card. Cost $5.

All students enrolled in a Psychology higher degree accredited at a fifth year or higher must be provisionally registered from the start of enrolment in the degree. Provisional registration must be maintained for the duration of enrolment in any component of an accredited qualification, including coursework, practicum and research thesis.

Registration can be obtained with the Psychology Board of Australia under the umbrella of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

A copy of your AHPRA registration must be lodged with the Professional Experience Placement Unit.

To check your registration status or to review the relevant registration standards, visit the AHPRA website: https://www.ahpra.gov.au/

Prior to placement, you must obtain a National Police Certificate (NPC), which is issued by the Australian Federal Police (AFP).

The fees for National Police Checks and related services are $47.00 for each National Police Check application from an individual.

It is important to begin the application process as soon as possible because the certificate can take up to 3 months to process and finalise. Application costs must be borne by you, the student.

A National Police Check obtained from a third-party organisation is NOT an acceptable alternative to an NPC issued by the Australian Federal Police.

When ordering an NPC, select to receive both digital and hard copies of the check. Please retain both copies should you need to present this to the facility.

A fingerprint check is not required.

Section 8 of the NPC application form (Purpose of Check) asks you to select the one main purpose of your application by checking a box beside a code number. You should check code number 37 (Care, instruction or supervision of children/ Care of intellectually disabled persons / Aged Care staff/volunteers).

The NPC states that the 'information contained in this document is valid as at date displayed', i.e. when issued. However, for the purposes of satisfying requirements of most placement facilities, including registered aged care facilities, the certificate is valid for 3 years from the date of issue.

For further information, visit the Australian Federal Police National Police Checks website.

When you receive your certificate, provide a copy to the Professional Experience Placement Unit.

International Students

If, at any time after turning 16, you have been a citizen or permanent resident of a country other than Australia, you will need to complete this Commonwealth Statutory Declaration to meet the aged care requirements of a Criminal History Check.

Students are required to complete an Australian Nationally Accredited First Aid and CPR training course.

Please make an appointment with a registered training organisation that offers the following course codes -

First Aid - Provide First Aid HLTAID003 or HLTAID011 (includes CPR component) -  First Aid valid for 3 years.

CPR renewal - Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation HLTAID001 or HLTAID009 - CPR valid for 1  year.

First Aid and CPR certificates from Queensland Health facilities (Non-Accredited Training Provider) and online courses are not accepted. Students must attend the training course in person. First Aid and CPR Certificates provided by Non-Accredited Training Providers will not be accepted.

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

If you are a registered Health Practitioner (e.g. Registered Nurse/Pharmacist), you are exempt from submitting First Aid. However, you are required to submit a valid CPR certificate from a registered training organisation annually.

It is the student's responsibility to meet the costs of an Accredited First Aid and CPR course.

It is a JCU requirement that ALL professional placement students have a doctor complete the applicable sections of the JCU Health Record and Immunisation Form. The doctor cannot be a relative.

Please email a copy of the completed form, and any serology results if available, to the Professional Experience Placement Unit.

Further advice relating to vaccinations and immunisation is available through JCU Health General Practice, Level 1, Clinical Practice Building, JCU Townsville, Bebegu Yumba campus, Douglas or your General Practitioner.  Recommended Vaccination Schedule at JCU Health General Practice.

Vaccine Preventable Diseases Immunisation Requirements

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

Disease

Vaccination Evidence Required

Hepatitis B

You are required to provide evidence of completed immunisation course or proof that you are immune to Hepatitis B (Seroconverted).

Measles, Mumps & Rubella

Documented evidence of positive antibody (IgG) for each on serology or documented evidence of two MMR vaccinations at least one month apart.

Varicella

Documented evidence of positive varicella antibody (IgG) on serology or two doses of varicella vaccine at least one month apart (evidence of one dose is sufficient if the person received their first dose before 14 years of age).

Pertussis

Documented evidence of pertussis booster vaccination in the previous 10 years.

International Students must have their vaccination records translated into English and complete all forms in English.

COVID-19 Vaccination

All students studying this course will be required to undertake placement activities in a healthcare setting.

Students are classified as healthcare workers and follow the same directives as healthcare staff. Queensland Health does not require students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Vaccination is proven to reduce hospitalisation and severe illness caused by COVID-19. Queensland Health continues to recommend all of its workers be vaccinated and follow the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) COVID-19 advice. The most recent ATAGI advice can be found here: Clinical recommendations for COVID-19 vaccines | Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care.

It is important to note that some health facilities that host JCU students for placement still require COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of entry for student placement. Students will be advised of this requirement at the time of their placement allocation.

Influenza Vaccination (FluVax)

Students undertaking a placement in a Residential Aged Care or Multi-Purpose Heath Service facility, or who may visit an aged care facility during their placement, are highly recommended to have a current influenza vaccination before they enter.

Please email evidence of this vaccination to healthplacements@jcu.edu.au .

While not yet mandatory for all placements, we strongly recommend that all students get the latest influenza vaccination.

If you cannot be vaccinated due to a medical condition, please get a letter from your doctor and email it to the above address.

For more vaccination information please visit the Queensland Health website.

It is important to note that some health facilities that host JCU students for placement still require COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of entry for student placement. Students will be advised of this requirement at the time of their placement allocation.

Introductory Module: Student Workplace Health and Safety, and Conduct Induction

In preparation for your placement, you must have an understanding of Work, Health and Safety (WHS), to develop your knowledge and skills, James Cook University requires all Students to complete the mandatory WHS introductory model "Student Workplace Health and Safety, and Conduct Induction".

To access this module via LearnJCU, select Organisations, and under the heading Essential, select Student Workplace Health and Safety, and Conduct Induction. The module has 8 parts for you to complete and a Declaration of Completion to be acknowledged. These modules will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

The Professional Experience Placement Team will be notified when you have completed the training. Your InPlace profile will be updated to reflect your compliance.

This is a mandatory preplacement requirement and you cannot commence placement until this module has been completed.

All students must be assessed for their risk of tuberculosis (TB) before commencing clinical placement.

Tuberculosis Risk Assessment FAQ for Workers in QLD Health Facilities

  1. Please complete the QLD Health Tuberculosis Risk Assessment Form for Students. Read the form carefully and respond to the questions.  If you do not understand the questions please complete the form with your doctor’s help.
  2. Email the completed form and any additional documentation (if required) to the Professional Experience Placement Unit
  3. Retain a copy of this form and any relevant documentation to take with you if any further assessment is required.

N.B Some facilities e.g Torres & Cape HHS require all students to have further testing.  You will be advised by your placement coordinator if this is required.

Prior to placement, you are required to obtain an NDIS/Qld Disability Worker Screening Clearance. Once approved, it is valid for five years.

Existing Worker Clearance - If you already hold a valid clearance (or current QLD Yellow card), please ensure you email a scanned copy of your Worker Screening Card to healthplacements@jcu.edu.au , and we will add your details to InPlace.  You must provide your Worker Screening Card details to your placement provider if requested so that they can link you to their organisation for the period of your placement.

New clearance required - If you do not already hold a valid clearance, you will need to apply for the screening via the QLD Department of Communities. Please read through this application guide before commencing the process.

  1. Register for an online account. Like the Blue Card process, you will require your CRN from the Department of Main Roads to complete this process (Drivers Licence, Proof of Age Card, Photo Identity Card - your photo must have been taken within the last five years and three months).
  2. Application type -  if you do not already hold a current Blue Card, you should complete a combined disability worker screening/Blue Card application. Select I am applying for a Disability Worker Screening Check AND a Working with Children Check (Blue Card) for the Application Type.
  3. Complete application - when going through the online application, please enter the following information for Purpose & Role.
    1. Select Volunteer
    2. Select NDIS Improved Health and Wellbeing
    3. Enter Employer Details - In the first instance please search and select  James Cook University - Registration/Employer ID 4-433C-1951
  4. As your clearance will be linked to JCU, we will get notification of your card information and will update InPlace accordingly.
  5. Please note that some of the placement facilities may require you to link your clearance to their organisation for the duration of your placement.  Make sure you have your card/confirmation email available if requested by the organisation.

Queensland Health has recently updated the legal instruments and subsidiary documents governing pre-entry clinical placements in Queensland Health facilities. All students must complete orientation before commencing a placement within a Queensland Health facility. You will not be able to commence your placement until your orientation is completed.

1. Student Deed Poll  

Read and complete QH Student Deed Poll

Page 1 - tips for completion

  • Section “Student” – Enter your name.
  • Section” HHS” – Enter the Hospital and Health Service (HHS) of your confirmed placement location. View the map of Queensland Health Hospital and Health Services to identify your placement location and its corresponding HHS.
  • Education Provider : James Cook University - ABN 46 253 211 955

Page 8 - Tips for completion

  • Your signature must be witnessed. The Witness could be anyone over the age of 18.
  • All signatures and dates must be entered as required. All sections must be completed.
  • The signature date must be current and relevant to the period of the placement.

Please download, complete, sign, and email QH Student Deed Form (all 8 Pages) to the Professional Experience Placement Unit and retain a copy with your Student Orientation Checklist,  for your placement professional portfolio/resources for placement.

2. Student Orientation Checklist

Example of a correctly completed  Student Orientation Checklist

Please tick every box on pages 1 and 2 (even if the document does not apply to you) to acknowledge that you have read and understood all of the potential Queensland Health placement requirements.

Tips for completion

Page 1

Legal Check section

  • Enter the Date of Check or Date of Completion and Expiry (where applicable) for the pre-placement requirement, mandatory to your placement (Blue card, General Criminal History Check)

Vaccinations

  • Enter the date of vaccination, if applicable, as per your JCU Health and Immunisation form records
  • Enter into the comments section:  If you have serology results for your evidence of immunity, enter 'Immunity confirmed by serology' and include the date of your serology.
  • Mask Fit Testing – Enter the date of testing as per your Mask Fit Test compliance form and in the comments, include the brand, model, and size.
  • Include your yearly influenza vaccine or your COVID vaccines if applicable.

Page 2

Students are required to complete relevant mandatory training listed in the Mandatory Training HR G6 Policy for Department of Health employees as part of the Department of Health - Mandatory training requirements standard through iLearn before commencement as detailed in the following table:

iLearn Module

Frequency

First-Response Evacuation Instructions (FREI)

Annually (30-minute duration)

Code of Conduct

Annually (20 minutes duration)

Prevention and Management of Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD)

once only (20 minutes duration)

Health, Safety, and Wellbeing Induction

once only  (20 minutes duration)

Public Interest Disclosure (PID)

every 2 years  (30 minutes duration)

Occupational Violence Orientation (awareness only)

once only  (5 minutes duration)

Additional mandatory training to be completed on commencement at the facility includes:

  • General Evacuation Instructions
  • Infection Prevention and Control.
  • The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Practice Program is offered face-to-face and is not currently available in iLearn.

Please note, that there may be additional local requisites or essential mandatory training to undertake as directed by the placement supervisor/line manager.

For students enrolled in Australian education facilities preparing for clinical placement the link is as follows, Preparing for your clinical placement | Queensland Health.

On completion tick the All mandatory orientation as per Queensland Health Human Resources Policy Mandatory Training G6 (QH-POL-183) box on the QH Orientation Check List.

Print the applicable certificates and retain a copy for your placement professional portfolio as you may need to present them to your placement supervisor.

Page 3

Certification / Declaration

  • Enter all required information and date.
  • Please download, complete, sign, and email the QH Orientation Checklist (Pages 1-3).

It is your responsibility to keep all the requirements up-to-date and to adhere to Queensland Health placement requirements for your safety and the safety of others during your professional experience placement.

3. Record of Allied Health Student Training

Allied Health Students  must complete Steps 1 and 2 according to the instructions on the website Clinical placement information for allied health students. When completed you then fill in the Record of Allied Health Student Training as evidence of completion.

Please send the completed Record of Allied Health Student Training form to  healthplacements@jcu.edu.au and retain a copy for your placement portfolio.

The Townsville Hospital and Health Service (THHS) require all students doing a placement at any of the THHS facilities, including regional hospitals and community health centres to complete Fire & Evacuation training.

When undertaking a placement at the Townsville University Hospital, please complete training for the Main Hospital Building (Ground Level, Level 1, Level 2, Level 3) and the Sub Acute building. This certification is only valid for 12 months. If completing a placement at any of the other THHS facilities, please complete the training applicable to that facility.

THHS Fire and Emergency Response Training (You must use your JCU email address to create your account).

Please email your certificate of completion to the Professional Experience Placement Unit and take a copy with you to your placement.

If you require assistance to complete the training, please refer to the Fire and Emergency Response Training User Guide

The hand hygiene online learning module provides education on hand hygiene and, more broadly, the principles of infection prevention and control.

Please visit National Hand Hygiene Initiative (NHHI) Learning Management System (LMS). Register NHHI LMS profile to do online training. Once your profile is created, you can then enrol in the Hand Hygiene for clinical healthcare workers module, when you log into the system.  The module should take approximately 15-30 minutes to complete.

Dental healthcare workers (HCWs) including dental practitioner students and educators are required to complete  Hand Hygiene for dental healthcare workers.

After completing the learning package and correctly answering all of the quiz questions a completion certificate will be emailed to you. Please provide a copy of the certificate to the Professional Experience Placement Unit. Retain a copy of the certificate in your professional portfolio

To undertake a clinical observation or placement in the JCU Clinics at the Clinical Practice Building students must complete additional requirements as listed below:

Fire & Evacuation Training - Please select location Clinical Practice Buildingselect Visitor and then select Levels 1 and 2.  Once you complete the training, you will receive a certificate which will be valid for 12 months.

JCU Student Confidentiality Deed - Read and sign to confirm understanding.

JCU Health - Student Pre-Placement Manual - Read and understand.

Please submit the Fire & Evacuation Certificate and the signed Confidentiality Deed via email to healthplacements@jcu.edu.au

Before placements in NSW Health facilities can proceed, James Cook University must have a current Student Placement Agreement with the Local Health District in which the placement is to occur. Without the Student Placement Agreement, the placement cannot proceed. Please check with the Professional Experience Placement Unit.

In preparation for your placement in New South Wales please go to the following website: https://www.heti.nsw.gov.au/Placements-Scholarships-Grants/clinical-placements/student-compliance

FAQs for student placements in NSW

Student clearances for clinical placements

Before a student can commence a clinical placement in a NSW Health facility, students must complete the following mandatory requirements:

1. National Criminal Record Check

  • Read the policy directive Employment Checks – Criminal Record Checks and Working with Children Checks
  • Students attending clinical placements in NSW Health are not required to obtain a WWCC. Except for existing NSW Health staff members, students aged 18 years and over wishing to undertake clinical placements must have a satisfactory National Police Certificate, which must be valid for the duration of any placement. Students attending clinical placements in aged care work or NDIS work may be subject to additional requirements (refer to Sections 7 and 10 of the Policy).
  • The Professional Placement Unit should have a copy of your current National Criminal History Check

2. NSW Health Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct Declaration (electronic version)

3. Health and Immunisations

4. Exposure Prone Procedures (only to be completed by Medicine, Dentistry, and Midwifery students)

All forms should be emailed to your JCU Placement Coordinator in the first instance and then emailed to the Professional Experience Placement Unit

Students undertaking clinical placements in hospitals or other health services in NSW are not required to obtain a Working with Children Check however, Students must ensure that their Queensland Working with Children check (Blue Card) remains current.

Whilst you are preparing your mandatory requirements for verification, your JCU Placement Coordinator will enter your Name, DOB, email address and Student ID number on Clinconnect, the NSW Student Placement Portal. All student placements in NSW Health facilities are processed through Clinconnect.

When the NSW Placement coordinator has reviewed your mandatory requirements, they will then update your status to “Verified” on Clinconnect. This will then allow the processing of your placement to be approved.

Approximately 2 weeks prior to the commencement of your placement, the Student will receive an email to inform you of your StaffLink ID and temporary password.

Mandatory Online Learning Modules

Students will be required to log in to My Health Learning with their eight-digit StaffLink ID username and password.

Students will be compliant with mandatory training when all modules are listed as Completed except for Hand Hygiene which when completed will be termed, Current. It is advised that you start and complete a module in the one session. All modules need to be completed before the placement commences.

The mandatory modules include:

  • Privacy – It’s yours to keep (replaces Privacy Module 1 - Know your boundaries: students must complete the new module)
  • Work, Health & Safety and Hazardous Manual Tasks (replaces Introduction to Work Health and Safety: students must complete the new module)
  • Introduction to Work, Health, and Safety
  • Hand Hygiene
  • Between the Flags – Tier 1: Awareness, Charts and Escalation (eLearning)
  • Cyber Security Fundamentals
  • Infection Prevention and Control Practices - Clinical (Course Cod: 46777047)
  • Personal Protective Equipment for Combined Transmission Based Precautions (Course Code: 294450660)
  • Donning and fit checking of P2 or N95 respirators in NSW healthcare settings (Course Code: 319438161)
  • Security Awareness

eHealth NSW is strengthening security for NSW Health’s corporate systems by asking NSW Health students to set up a profile. This profile will provide greater security and will help students to spot security threats more easily. It will also enable students to reset their passwords without having to contact the State-Wide Service Desk.

Refer to the:

For any technical issues, users will need to contact the State-Wide Service Desk on 1300 28 55 33. Refer toGuide for students in Contacting the State-Wide Service Desk

Updated 12/9/2023

All students are now required to have respiratory mask fit testing prior to attending placement in a Hospital or any QLD Health facility.

Mask fit testing is an annually renewed requirement. Students need to be fitted for 2 masks.

All Mask Fit testing will now be conducted by Alliance Safety Equipment Pty Ltd.

All students must use the online booking platform for fit testing appointments. This is for students on the Townsville, Cairns and Mackay campuses.

JCU booking platform

Please select “JCU STUDENTS ONLY - Respirator Fit Test Service” when booking your appointment.

Townsville students

Please use the link above to make your appointments. This is a Townsville based company so you can make your bookings at anytime that it suits you.

Cairns Students

Respirator Fit Test Service with SMITHFIELD JCU Campus Test Site - Building A4-148  on 24 - 25 June 2024

Please click on the link Cairns Campus Bookings to make your appointment.

Please contact the Placement Unit for any further enquiries on 0747 81 4697

Mackay students

Respirator Fit Test Service with Mater JCU Clinical Training Centre - 7 Discovery Lane North Mackay -  3 Jun 2024

Please click on the link Mackay Base Hospital Bookings to make your appointment

Please contact the Placement Unit for any further inquiries on 0747 81 4697

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Free mask fit testing for students who book and attend the appointment, 2 missed appointments will result in the student having to source and pay for their own mask fit test.

Cancellations of appointments must be made the day before - “no shows” may result in the student having to pay for their mask fit test.

You will be required to show your student card at your appointment and your certificate will be emailed to you.

Remember you must email your certificate to healthplacements@jcu.edu.au

Going Rural North Queensland

Going Rural North offers nursing, midwifery, allied health, and dentistry students a rural placement bursary to assist with travel and accommodation expenses. If you are seeking support for rural or remote placements in North Queensland and meet the eligibility criteria, please Apply Now

Work Integrated Learning (WIL)/Placement Scholarship

Students enrolled in a confirmed placement of a minimum of 1 week or 36 hours in length, arranged within the 2024 academic year will be eligible for a base amount of $500; plus an additional $350 per week, when required to relocate from semester residential address to undertake the placement. The maximum amount of scholarship per placement will be $4,000.

Application Close RND 1 closes 2 September 2024

Application Close RND 1 closes 27 September 2024 at 5pm

Further information about the program and the application form is available at  Work Integrated Learning (WIL)/Placement Scholarship

NAFEA Equity Rural Placement Scholarship – Applications open now!

The Equity Rural Placement Scholarship Program is an initiative to provide financial assistance to students experiencing financial hardship to undertake placements/work integrated learning activities in rural and remote settings. Applications close 31 July 2024.

Approved applications will be awarded scholarships up to $1500.

Funding is provided to assist students with the out-of-pocket costs incurred as a direct result of the placement. These are costs which are additional to everyday living expenses and are incurred as a direct result of a placement requiring relocation, including:

  • Travel costs,
  • Accommodation.

Further information about the program and the application form is available at Program Guidelines 2024 Round 2 Applications

NOTE: Your university must be an institutional member for students to apply for this scholarship. Contact us immediately to renew or become a member to take advantage of this scholarship round. To check if your university is a member, Click here for a list of Unlimited Institutional members