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Nutrition and Dietetics

Nutrition and Dietetics Placements

All students completing a Nutrition and Dietetics degree are required to complete the NSW Health Placement verification process prior to commencing their placement. 

This website takes you through the steps required to commence placement. 

Please contact the Nutrition and Dietetics Placement Team if you have any questions about placement.

Preparing for placement

All students completing the Bachelor of Nursing are required to complete the NSW Health Placement verification process.

Prior to commencing study:

  1. Read the NSW Health Student Verification Pack.
  2. Obtain and hold a valid National Police Certificate (NPC) for the duration of your placement/s.  National Police Certificates (or National Police Checks) are available through all State or Territory Police Forces, the Australian Federal Police or a number of Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) accredited bodies.  If however, you are planning to attend placements in the ACT, it is recommended that you obtain your NPC through either NSW Police or Australian Federal Police (and not any of the other ACIC providers listed). If you have a charge or a conviction listed on your National Police Certificate, you must also apply for a risk assessmentIf you are an International Student, in addition to an Australian NPC, you must also provide a National Police Certificate from your home country (or any country you have resided in for more than 6 months since turning 18 years of age).  If this is not possible, you must sign the Overseas Student Statutory Declaration.  Please note, this Declaration can only be completed after arriving in NSW.
  3. Download a copy of the Vaccination Record Card and take it to your GP or NSW Health Staff Clinic for them to complete (hard copies are also available from Wollongong Campus Student Hub 41 or Regional Campus Admin)
  4. Collate evidence of your vaccinations and immunisation documentation.
  5. Complete the NSW Health forms as included in the NSW Health Student Verification Pack, i.e. Code of ConductAppendix 6: Undertaking/Declaration Form and the two page Tuberculosis (TB) Assessment Tool

Once you have commenced study:

  1. Take the ‘Verification Readiness’ Quiz on the NSW Health Verification Readiness Moodle site.
  2. Review the verification checklist on page 3 of the NSW Health Student Verification Pack.
  3. SCAN all documents into PDF format and email them to the UOW Verification Team uow-verification@uow.edu.au. Please include your Full Name, Student Number and your Course Discipline in all correspondence with the UOW Verification Team

Upon receipt of your documentation, the UOW Verification Team will in turn pass all documents onto the NSW Health Verification team.  It is the NSW Health Verification Team that make the final decision and determine if a student meets the requirements.

Please note:

Verification can be a lengthy process.  Start early, do not leave it to the last minute as if you are not verified you cannot commence placement.

It is each student’s responsibility to keep the originals of all verification documents, even after being fully verified.  Students may be asked to present these prior commencing placement in a NSW Health facility.

Working With Children Check (WWCC)
WWCC is not usually required for Nutrition and Dietetics placements. However, some interstate and non-government organisations may require a WWCC. The placement organisation or dietetics clinical placement coordinators will notify students if they require a WWCC.

Students are required to sign that they have read, understood and agree to adhere to the NSW Health Code of Conduct and the UOW Code of Professional Experience.

As stated in the NSW Health Code of Conduct, students must dress in a way that is considered professionally appropriate for the work they do and complies with the placement site dress standards. More detailed information about dress standards can be obtained from the placement site.

Additional information

Costs of accommodation and travel to placement are the responsibility of the student.

Clinical placement grants are sometimes available through Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH) webpage and NSW Health clinical placement grants. Please check the relevant sites for further information.

Students undertaking a placement in a rural or remote area may be eligible for placement scholarships annually released by different organisations, such as NSW Health and SARRAH. Students are encouraged to explore options that may be applicable to their placements and will be supported by the Placement Coordinator in the provision of required evidence/documentation that may be needed to support their application.

There are currently no international placement opportunities in Nutrition and Dietetics.

The University has in place policies and practices which outline what is expected of you whilst you are on your placement.

If you have any difficulties whilst on your placement, please contact your relevant placement coordinator for assistance.

Please view the policies and practices which apply to students when on placement.

Please contact the team for further information.