Sport and Exercise Science

What you need to do

As a JCU professional health student, it is your responsibility to ensure all Pre-Placement Requirements (PPR) are met. 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 2024 Sport and Exercise Science Placement Ladder

View the 2024 Sport and Exercise Science/Psychological Science Placement Ladder

View the Sport and Exercise Science Placement Checklist

For all Pre-Placement Requirement  (PPR) please contact  Professional Experience Placement Unit

For Placement Enquiries please contact SES-EP-clined

For all other enquiries , including administrative questions please  contact  Student Enquiries

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 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 (PDF, 434 KB)

Procedure for Infectious Disease (PDF, 1518 KB)

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.

The Working with Children Check (QLD Blue Card) is a screening process that assesses your suitability to work with children based on available disciplinary and police information.  It is your responsibility to maintain a current Blue Card throughout your course.  You must renew your Blue Card within 16-4 weeks before it expires to maintain its currency.

To apply for a blue card, follow these 3 steps.

  1. Have your CRN nearby to reference.
  2. Register for an online account. This is how we verify your identity and get the photo for your card.
  3. Apply for your blue card using the online applicant portal. We accept ONLY online applications.

Identification

All applications (including renewals and linking)  will require you to have a Customer Reference Number (CRN) from the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR).  You can find your CRN on your QLD Drivers Licence or QLD Proof of Age Card.  QLD Blue Card Services is now verifying your identity this way.

If you do not have a CRN number, you can obtain one by visiting, in person, a Transport and Main Roads (TMR) office.  If there is no TMR office in your location, you can visit a QLD Police Station or a Queensland Government Agent Program (QGAP) office.

You will need to take along 100pts of Identification for ID verification.  Once verified, your photo is taken, and you are issued with a CRN.  There is no cost if you are not applying for a QLD Drivers Licence or Proof of Age card.

Please note your photo must have been taken within the last six years and nine months.  If your image is older than six years and nine months, you will need to visit a Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads office or alternate agency to have a new photo taken.  There is no cost for updating your photo.

IMPORTANT: You will not be able to register on the QLD Blue Card Services online portal without your CRN.

Once you have your Queensland Department of Main Roads and Transport Customer Reference Number (CRN) you can proceed with the online registration and application process.

Please read the below information carefully.

NEW QLD Working with Children Check Application

  1. Visit  QLD Blue Card Services, scroll down, click on the Register for an online account button and enter the required information.
  2. Once you complete the registration section, you will get a registration account number (6 digits).
  3. Email your registration account number to healthplacements@jcu.edu.au - please make your subject heading "Blue Card Registration Code - (insert your full name)"
  4. The Placement team will activate your registration account number, linking you to JCU.  (Please allow up to 48 business hours for this to be actioned)
  5. Once activated, you will receive a text message from QLD Blue Card Services to advise that you can now proceed with your online application. Return to the Blue Card Services website and click on the 'Log in to the online applicant portal' (this cannot be completed until JCU activates your code).
  6. Once QLD Blue Card Services have approved your application, you will receive a confirmation email, and your new Blue Card will be mailed to your nominated address.  JCU is also notified that your card has been approved and will update InPlace accordingly.

RENEWAL Applications (current Blue Card already linked to JCU)

Application submitted before current Blue Card expires

Please note, as advised above you will require a CRN and photo recorded with the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads to complete your application.

  1. Visit  QLD Blue Card Services, scroll down, click on the Register Now button and enter the required information.
  2. As you are already linked to JCU, you will be able to continue with your renewal application via the 'Log in to the online applicant portal'.
  3. Once QLD Blue Card Services approve your renewal application, you will receive a confirmation email, and your new Blue Card will be mailed to your nominated address.  JCU is also notified that your card has been renewed and will update InPlace accordingly.
Application submitted after your  Blue Card has expired
  1. Please see the process to complete a New QLD Working with Children Check Application as above.

Link your current paid/volunteer card to James Cook University

  1. Email a copy of your current QLD Blue Card to healthplacements@jcu.edu.au . Please make your subject heading 'Link current Blue Card'.
  2. The Placement team will link your current QLD Blue Card to James Cook University.  (Please allow up to 48 business hours for this to be actioned)
  3. You will receive an email from QLD Blue Card Services that your QLD Blue Card is linked to James Cook University.

It is also your responsibility to ensure your contact details are up to date with Blue Card Services. 

if you change your address or phone number, you must contact QLD Blue Card Services

If you have a lost/damaged card, you must also notify QLD Blue Card Services

Prior to placement, you must 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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 $250 per week, when required to relocate from semester residential address to undertake the placement. The maximum amount of scholarship per placement will be $3,000.

Application Close RND 1 closes 2 April 2024

Application Close RND 1 closes 29 April 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

Closes 1 March 2024

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.

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 that 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 The Equity Rural Placement Scholarship Program