Public Health and Social Sciences

Public Health and Social Sciences Placements

HAS 347 Social Sciences Project enables you to undertake a limited work placement placement or other projects. You will attend your placement for one day per week for the duration of the session. Placements are sourced by the Field Education Team. Any recommendations can be sent to us for investigation. Any enquiries regarding HAS 347 can be directed to the Field Education Team

Any student who undertakes placement in a NSW Health facility or service is required to be verified with the ClinConnect system and provide evidence of compliance with screening and vaccination schedules. 

Although not all students will attend placement in a NSW Health facility, it is strongly encouraged for all to participate in the verification process to maximise your placement opportunities.

Verification can take as long as 5 months so it's important to start early. Please see the verification steps and key information below for further information and instructions.

Key Information

Any student who undertakes placement in a NSW Health facility or service is required to provide evidence of compliance with screening and vaccination schedules. To do this, you will participate in the NSW Health Verification Process. Although not all social work students will attend placement in a NSW Health facility, it is strongly encouraged for all to participate in the verification process to maximise your placement opportunities. 

The Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD) provides student compliance services for the University of Wollongong.  ISLHD have created a Student Compliance Web page that details the forms and documents required for NSW Health student compliance. The information on the ISLHD page is also relevant for other local health districts in NSW. Supplementary information can be found below.

It is recommended that you start the verification process as soon as possible as it can take up to five months to complete all of the requirements. Do this by taking the following steps.

1. Obtain an Australian National Police Check (NPC). An Australian NPC can be purchased through all State or Territory Police Forces, the Australian Federal Police or a number of Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) accredited bodies. 

Before purchasing your NPC, please consider the following:

  • Most ACIC accredited bodies’ police checks need to be validated within three (3) months of purchase. Failure to do so will mean they are no longer valid and you will need to purchase a new check.
  • A valid NPC must be held for the duration of your placement/s.
  • If you have a charge or a conviction listed on your National Police Certificate, you must also apply for a Clinical Placement Clearance; the application process is detailed on the Student Compliance Web page.

International Students must also provide a National Police Check from their home country or any country they have resided in since turning 18 years of age.  If they cannot provide this police check, they can sign the Overseas Student Statutory Declaration as detailed on the Student Compliance Web page. Please note, this Statutory Declaration can only be completed after arriving in NSW.

2. Complete the NSW Health forms as included on the Student Compliance Web page, these include:

  • Student Undertaking / Declaration
  • Tuberculosis (TB) Assessment Tool
  • Code of Conduct Agreement

3. Download the Vaccination Record Card for Health Care Workers and Students and take it to your GP or NSW Health Staff Clinic for them to complete.

4. Collate evidence of your vaccinations, including any relevant serology reports (blood test results).

Review the tips and links on the Student Compliance website regarding “What evidence do I need?”, “What constitutes evidence?” and other hints on what is required.

Please note: For Hepatitis B vaccinations, the minimum requirement is for students to have documented evidence of receiving at least the first dose of Hepatitis B vaccine.  If you meet all other requirements, and have had your first dose of the Hepatitis B vaccine, you will likely be given temporary verification approval by NSW Health.  If this is the case, please send your Vaccination Record Card and any other evidence to the UOW Verification Team for processing. 

If temporary verification status is approved it will last for 6 months and you will be able to commence placement during that time.  You will still need to complete the full series of Hepatitis B vaccinations within that 6 month period to gain full compliance.

5. Scan all of your documents, including a copy of your UOW Student ID Card, into a PDF format. Please ensure that your documents, in total, do not exceed 8MB in size.

6. Take the ‘Ready for Verification’ Quiz on the NSW Health Verification Readiness Moodle site to ensure you have satisfied the requirements and should send your documents to the verification team.

7. Using your UOW email address, send all documents to the UOW Verification Team uow-verification@uow.edu.au.

Remember to: 

  • Keep the total size of your email below 8MB
  • Use your UOW email address to send your documentation to the UOW Verification team
  • Include your Full Name, Student Number and your Course Discipline in all correspondence with the UOW Verification Team.
  • Keep all of your original verification documentation in a safe place. You may be asked to produce certain documents prior to commencing placement, even after you have become fully verified by NSW Health, particularly if you are placed in a non-NSW Health facility.  You will also need to produce most of these documents to a future employer.  Your student compliance will not carry over into the workplace.  It is your responsibility as a student to keep these documents and produce them when requested. 

Contact the UOW Verification Team uow-verification@uow.edu.au for any questions or further assistance.

Please note that if any of your police certificates or vaccinations expire whilst you are on placement your verification status will change to not compliant and you will need to cease your placement until your compliant status has been re-instated. Please send any updated documents to uow-verification@uow.edu.au well before (at least 30 days) the expiry date to ensure your verification status does not expire.

NSW Health strongly recommends and prefers that all students attending or planning to attend a placement in NSW Health obtain their COVID-19 vaccination, in consultation with a General Practitioner if required.
 
Students can make a booking for vaccination by visiting the COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker, which gives them access to a number of COVID-19 vaccination clinics across NSW including GP and NSW Health clinics. When booking their appointment, students need to identify as a ‘health care worker’. All students will need to provide proof of occupation, which can be in the form of a university ID card or an enrolment confirmation letter from the University.

Students will be required to dress according to the dress code at the organisation they are placed. It is the responsibility of the student to liaise with the organisation to determine the dress requirements. It is not expected that students will need to purchase/dress in uniform.

In addition to the above verification requirements, the below checks are mandatory for all social work students:

  • Working with children check (can be for paid or volunteer work)
  • Obtain and hold a valid Australian 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.  NPC's are valid for five years from date of issue.
  • If 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 complete the Overseas Student Statutory Declaration which needs to be witnessed by a Justice of the Peace, a Legal Practitioner or a Judicial Officer. Please note, this Declaration can only be completed after arriving in NSW.
  • Student Placement Acknowledgement Form (will be sent to you when applicable)

The University will attempt to secure placement opportunities in various locations predominately throughout the Illawarra/Shoalhaven region. However, some placements may be located outside of this area and may result in students having to travel to places that are relatively distant from campus and their residences in order to benefit from a range of placement experiences. The student’s learning needs and placement experience will take priority over the distance of the placement. The student is responsible for all costs associated with undertaking a field placement.

Currently, we do not have any grant or scholarship opportunities in the public health/social science area.

Students who are eligible for international placement can enrol in HAS 380 International Public Health Project. Information on the subject can be found via the UOW Subject Database. Please liaise with your academic program director for advice on international placements.

  • Students must have the capacity to actively engage in the learning and supervisory process whilst on their field education placement.
  • Students must adhere to all legislative requirements, work, health and safety requirements, security requirements, confidentiality and privacy requirements of the Host Organisation.
  • Students must follow the rules and regulation of the Facility in which they are placed. This includes ensuring that the privacy of the organisation, its staff and Patients/Clients is always respected.
  1. Develop a project proposal and evaluate the ethical implications of research
  2. Critically evaluate the relevant literature
  3. Gather and analyse data and other information as proposed
  4. Produce a written report in an appropriate format
  5. Present and explain the results in an oral and poster presentation
  6. Contribute professionally in a workplace environment