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The Health Promotion Practicum is a core level three unit that is undertaken as part of the Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion degree and the combined Bachelor of Nursing (Preregistration)/Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion degree. Students enrolled in this unit are required to complete an 100 hours (minimum) work placement in an organization that aims to protect and promote health. Students can complete their placements individually or in pairs. In addition to the practicum itself, students are also required to attend 3 lectures/workshop sessions.
The Health Promotion Practicum is offered in both first and second trimester. Host organisations are encouraged to ensure that placements are completed within each trimester. While on placement, the student’s time can be spread over the full trimester, or condensed into a three-week block, or a combination of these two formats. The structure of the placements will depend to a large extent on the requirements of the host organisation, the availability of supervising staff and the student’s own time commitments.
The types of tasks that students can undertake while on work placement vary significantly. Tasks may include: conducting literature searches; planning and undertaking needs assessments; collating and analysing survey data; assisting in the delivery of educational workshops; designing flyers and posters; evaluating programs and services and researching & drafting policies. Just as the tasks that students undertake cover a broad spectrum of activities, so too do the issues that are addressed. The following is a sample of some tasks undertaken by students illustrating the diverse range of issues that students have taken on as part of their practicum:
Students do not need to be paid for work undertaken while on work placements. However, the School of Health and Social Development expects that if any costs are incurred in undertaking assigned work, then students would be appropriately reimbursed.
Once you have decided to offer student/s a placement, the agency-based supervisor and the student need to document the terms of the placement, including the goals, the tasks that will be undertaken, dates and times the student is required to work (if known) and supervision details. The student will be expected to draw up this document and include it in a Work Placement Agreement. The details of this outline should be agreed on by the student and the supervisor, and endorsed by the Unit Coordinator, before the placement begins. The placement can start as soon as the agreement has been completed.
If you are interested in offering a field placement opportunity, you can contact Rebecca Patrick on +61 3 924 46500 or email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
To offer a work placement to Health Promotion students, please email Jan Moore or Rebecca Patrick for an electronic copy of the proforma expressing interest in the program.
Supervisors who take part in the work placement program will receive a set of guidelines outlining:
In addition, university staff will contact supervisors during the placement to review student progress and address any concerns. Needless to say, field supervisors are encouraged to contact university staff if the need arises.
At the beginning of each trimester, students express interest in three agencies offering placements. Students are required to state why they would like to undertake the placement and describe the knowledge and skills that would enable them to complete the required task/s to a high standard. The Practicum Chair marries the agency/student requests.
Host agencies can take this selection process a step further by interviewing the recommended students and making sure they have the attributes necessary to complete the task/s. This interview will also give the student/s an opportunity to find out more about the placement.
Deakin University has public liability and personal accident insurance that covers students while they are on work placements. Copies of the policies relating to this coverage are provided in the guidelines for supervisors and are also available by clicking here (Deakin University student insurance coverage). Please note that host organisations are not required to include work placement students in their WorkCover schemes.