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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 (verification dates example). Please see the verification steps and key information below for further information and instructions.

Key Information

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.

EVENTDATES
Cut off for placement expression of interest 28 June
Reviewing of placement projects 24 June - 27 June
Preferencing of placement projects 28 June - 3 July
Allocation of placement projects (approximate) 4-5 July
Placement commencement Week of 29 July

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
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