Work Integrated Learning and Practice Education

Work Integrated Learning (WIL)

Health Siences, Public Health, Health Promotion, Health and Human Services Management

Several courses within the School of Health and Social Development have optional units which will allow you to complete work experience in a health-related agency. We work closely with a number of partner organisations to provide immersive and invaluable experiences to students.

There are WIL units available to students enrolled in undergraduate courses and postgraduate courses and more information can be found via the Faculty of Health Work Integrated Learning Website. Students completing courses such as Health Sciences, Public Health, Health Promotion and Health and Human Services Management can review the available units through the Selecting Your Health WIL Units site.

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

Practice education is a major component of the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy degree. In order to satisfy the requirements of the degree each student much complete 1000 hours of work experience within the industry working with qualified occupational therapists. Practice education activities are compulsory within the course and are required in order to register as an Occpational Therapist upon completion of the Degree.

Placements begin in the first year of the course and students should be prepared to attend these activites face-to-face. These placements often occur in alternating blocks and students are encouraged to engage early in the timetabling process each trimester to ensure time for adequate preperation.

Further information is available through the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy field education website.

Bachelor of Social Work

Students must complete two practice education units, each involving a minimum of 500 hours (across at least 65 days) of practicum (field placement) in a social or community service agency or program. Students must also attend and participate in the associated pre-placement preparation seminars at Waterfront (Geelong) in the Trimester prior to the placement being undertaken.

Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) is possible for the first placement only (HSW314-Social Work Field Education A) for students who are able to demonstrate that their prior experience has provided them with the knowledge and experience that would normally be provided in the first placement.

Applications for RPL are due 30th November of the year prior to students undertaking their first placement. Late applications cannot be accepted.

As part of the AASW accreditation students must attend 20-days of on campus face-to-face learning. Intensive dates can be found on the BSW Intensives site. If you feel for any reason you cannot attend these intesives you must contact your units chair as soon as possible.

Further information is available on the BSW Course cloud site.

Master of Social Work

Students must complete two practice education units, each involving a minimum of 500 hours (across at least 65 days) of practicum (field placement) in a social or community service agency or program. Students must also attend and participate in the associated pre-placement preparation seminars at Waterfront (Geelong) in the Trimester prior to the placement being undertaken.

Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) is possible for the first placement only (HSW714-Professional Practice in Social Work A) for students who are able to demonstrate that their prior work experience has provided them with the knowledge and experience that would normally be provided in the first placement.

Applications for RPL are due 30th March of the year students are due to undertake their first placement. Late applications cannot be accepted.

As part of the AASW accreditation students must attend 20-days of on campus face-to-face learning. Intensive dates can be found on the MSW Intenstives site. If you feel for any reason you cannot attend these intesives you must contact your units chair as soon as possible.

Further information is available on the MSW course cloud site.

Master of Child Play Therapy / Graduate Diploma of Therapeutic Child Play

While primarily delivered via our digital learning plaforms, the Master of Child Play Therapy and Graduate Diploma of Therapeutic Child Play courses have face-to-face attendance requirements. These clinical placements are compulsory and will require students to attend the Waterfront campus in Geelong.

You will get to experience what it’s really like to work as a play therapist through 250 hours of clinical placement. You can secure placements in a variety of settings such as preschools, childcare centres, primary schools, allied health services, disability services and private practice. For students interested in continuing their studies at a research level, the course offers elective research units that develop your practical research skills and hone your critical analysis.

Intensive dates can be found via the Play Therapy Intensive Workshops site

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