HSH303 - Health Practicum


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:

Students must be enrolled in a course within the Faculty of Health, D388 or D381 


For H313/D388/D381: one unit in HSH201 or HSH323

For any Faculty of Health course H3%: must have passed 16 credit points



Incompatible with:


Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the trimester undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

2 x 3 hour on-campus seminar in week 1 and week 11.
Fieldwork X 120 hours across the trimester.

Please note that seminar attendance is strongly recommended for all students undertaking HSH303.

Scheduled learning activities - online

2 x 3 hour online seminar in week 1 and week 11.
Fieldwork X 120 hours across the trimester.

Please note that seminar attendance is strongly recommended for all students undertaking HSH303.


Placement allocations commence three weeks prior to the start of the trimester therefore, to ensure access to all placement opportunities, students will be unable to self-enrol after this time. Students enrolling after placement allocation has occurred may have limited option. To request a late enrolment, please email health-wil@deakin.edu.au for further information. Once enrolled, please ensure that you check your Deakin student email account regularly in the weeks leading-up to trimester for important information related to preparing for the unit and securing your placement.

*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery

Police Check and Working with Children Check

Prior to commencing a placement, students are required to obtain a police check. The Faculty of Health Work Integrated Learning Team utilise an online service called ‘Fit2Work’, and students will receive an email with instructions on how to apply. Students should not apply for a police check until they have received this email from Fit2Work.

Some organisations may also require students to obtain a Working with Children check if they will be working directly with children or families whilst on placement.


This unit aims to provide students with an authentic experience in a health-discipline related role.
Students are required to undertake a minimum of 120 hours of work experience in a health-related agency. In addition to developing a practical understanding of their field of study, this experience will help students further develop the professional and personal skills required to work in their sector.
This unit includes a pre-placement seminar and a post- placement seminar. Support for students is provided through the unit site, which includes resources and assessment information.
Students enrolled in this Unit are ambassadors for their courses as well as for Deakin University. The highest standards of professional and personal conduct are expected at all times. Students need to achieve a pass in each of the assessment tasks to successfully pass the Unit. Once this is achieved the student will be awarded an ungraded PASS for the Unit.

Hurdle requirement

  • Assessment tasks 1A, 1B, 2 and 3

*NOTE: a re-submission of part 1A and 1B may be possible if a passing grade is not achieved in the first attempt.

Unit Fee Information

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