MEDI 3007 Professional Health Placement

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 401406

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Description This unit involves a 120hr work-integrated placement conducted at a health setting. Online public health students will have the option of completing an online project placement with a health organisation. Online health promotion and recreational therapy students will have placements arranged for them within a reasonable distance from their place of residence.

School Health Sciences

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 3 10cp

Check your HECS Band contribution amount via the Fees page.

Level Undergraduate Level 3 subject

Restrictions Students must be enrolled in 4656 Bachelor Health Science in either the MT4003 Public Health, MT4001 Health Promotion or MT4002 Health Services Management testamur major and have completed 160cp.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a capacity for critical self-assessment regarding professional competence, social and professional responsibility and ethical conduct
  2. Identify the elements of best practice from a health policy, process or program perspective using a range of evidence-based sources and discuss how these elements can be applied to contemporary health practice
  3. Evaluate a current policy, process or program within an organisational setting, using a range of techniques for measurement and evaluation
  4. Develop recommendations for a policy, process or program within an organisational setting
  5. Collate information, write relevant reports and disseminate information to stakeholders and peers
  6. Collaborate professionally and effectively as part of a work team to achieve a shared goal

Subject Content

1.Health competencies and professional behaviour
2.Models of self-reflection
3.Managing the supervisory relationship
4.What is best practice
5.Case studies of best practice and innovation
6.Applying best practice to contemporary health practice.
7.Developing best practice interventions
8.Evaluating best practice interventions
9.Develop future recommendations for interventions

Special Requirements

Legislative pre-requisites

Special Requirements - NSW Health Legislative Prerequisites

Student Compliance Information for all Health-Related Placements

Prior to enrolling in this subject, students must have submitted a Student Undertaking Form and undertake to apply for a National Police Check, which is required to be submitted before placement, and a Working with Children Check Student Declaration. Use the link to the Special Requirements webpage below for more information.

To be eligible to enrol in this subject and complete any required health-related placements or experiences, students must meet Western Sydney University program requirements as well as any special, legislated, or policy-mandated requirements.

Western Program Requirements

Visit the Special Requirements webpage for details about your program.

Special Requirements

Mandatory NSW Health student placement policy requirements

To be able to undertake placement in any NSW Health facility you must be assessed as compliant with NSW Health student placement policy in the first year of your program, regardless of when you expect to go on your first placement. Access and read the NSW Student Compliance Information Booklet.

NSW Student Compliance Information Booklet

Please ensure that you

  1.  Find your existing National Police Check or apply for one
  2.  Gather documentary evidence of your vaccination history
  3.  Print and compete all relevant NSW Health forms relevant to the campus you are enrolled at or online enrolment requirements
  4.  Follow booklet instructions on how to have your compliance documents assessed by NSW health staff.

International students have additional requirements; the link to the booklet will inform you of these requirements.

School Requirements

Contact your School for further details regarding your School’s requirements, if any, such as

  • If you live outside of NSW or Australia and need to meet your state, territory or country’s compliance requirements
  • If you need to meet different state, territory or country compliance requirements.
  • NSW Working with Children Check (WWCC) or other state equivalent, valid for your entire program.
  • Current approved first aid certificate valid for your entire program - approved program providers can be found at the Government Training website
  • Other non-health related requirements.

Student Compliance Resources are also available on the Placements Hub web page (NSW students only)


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
1a -Presentation (15%) and 1b –Report (40%) 1a - 5 minutes and 1b - 1500 words 55 N Individual
Professional Task 15 minutes 30 N Individual
Reflection 500 words 15 N Individual
Professional Placement Portfolio 140 hours and as per logbook template requirements S/U Y Individual

Teaching Periods