Student placements

Introduction

These pages have information about student placements within the Department of Health, including:

Management of placements

The following placements are managed outside of the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Office:

  • Medical placements:
  • Defence placements:
  • Work experience placements for secondary school students:
    • Contact Strategic Workforce and Planning by emailing AWD.DoH@nt.gov.au or calling (08) 8922 7099
For all other placements, including the below, contact the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Office
  • government agencies seeking secondment or placement for qualified but non-practicing employees
  • a period of supervised practice required by a professional registration board for registered practitioners with limited or provisional registration
  • competency assessment programs sought by overseas trained health professionals
  • chaplains.

Contact

Chief Nursing and Midwifery Office
Phone: 1800 000 648
NursingMidwifery.DOH@nt.gov.au


Student clinical placements: procedures and priorities

NT Health Student Placement Policy and Guidelines

These Policy and Guidelines do not apply to school work experience students or medical student.

All other student placements in NT Health for courses of study leading to vocational, undergraduate and postgraduate awards and/or registration for health professionals including, but not limited to, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner, Allied Health, Nursing and Midwifery students must comply with the NT Health Student Placement (non-medical) Policy and Student Placement (non-medical) Guideline.

View the NT Health Student Placement (non-medical) Flowchart

Prerequisites for course providers

All course providers that place students in Northern Territory (NT) health facilities are required to sign the NT student placement agreement:

  • The student placement agreement is drafted by the solicitor for the NT and is the only legal form. Please do not sign any other documents or agreements.
  • This agreement is signed by the CEO of the Department of Health and the course provider.
  • List of Student Placement Agreements.

To secure student placements with NT Health, the course provider must:

  1. have a current NT student placement agreement or request permission from the Department of Health to enter into an agreement.
    • If a course provider does not have a current government agreement, the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Office will oversee the signing of an agreement.
  2. submit a request in writing to the health service placement coordinator at the relevant health service or clinical site.
    • administered by the relevant health service placement coordinator. Email NursingMidwifery.DOH@nt.gov.au for contact information regarding NT Health placement coordinators.

If a course provider is intending to place students in the NT within three months of making their enquiry, they should provide as much information as possible to the Health Service Placement Coordinator while the agreement is being processed.

Of particular consideration will be the type of experiences the student requires, the supervision and assessment requirements provided by them, and the support and supervision requested.

Once a placement has been negotiated

The course provider must submit these completed forms to the Health Service Placement Coordinator:

Priorities for student placements

The existence of a current NT student placement agreement does not guarantee a placement. Once the agreement is in place the health service placement coordinator can approve placement requests based on the following:

  • All requirements as stated in the agreement can be met by the placement site, course provider, the placement supervisor and the student.
  • High demand for student placements is guided by departmental strategies such as the NT Aboriginal Health Plan 2015 - 2018 and the NT Health Strategic Plan 2018 - 2022. Therefore, when there is competition for placements, the following priorities apply:
    • priority 1 - Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students
      - NT residents
      - residents from elsewhere in Australia
    • priority 2 - NT students enrolled with an NT education provider such as Charles Darwin University, Flinders NT, Fox Education and Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Education.
    • priority 3 - NT students enrolled with an interstate education provider
    • priority 4 - other students enrolled with an NT education provider
    • priority 5 - interstate students enrolled with an interstate education provider
    • priority 6 - international students enrolled with an interstate education provider.

Overseas applicants

Applicants from overseas universities need to have an Australian university partner and will only be considered with prior consultation with the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer or Principal Allied Health Advisor.


Student clinical placements: scholarships

The following organisations offer scholarships or resources about where to find scholarships for students undertaking clinical placements.

CRANAplus

Each year CRANAplus offers a number of scholarships. These scholarships can be applied to the cost of fares, accommodation and other incidental costs incurred by a student undertaking an undergraduate placement in a remote area of Australia and its external territories.

Go to the CRANAplus website.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners (ATSIHP)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner (ATSIHP) scholarships are available through the Northern Territory Department of Health for people studying to be an ATSIHP.

Email AWD.DoH@nt.gov.au.

Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH)

Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH) manages five allied health scholarship streams, Clinical Placement Scholarship, Clinical Psychology Scholarship, Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Scholarship, Postgraduate Scholarship and Undergraduate (Entry-Level) Scholarship, under the Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship and Support Scheme (NAHSSS).

Go to the SAARAH website.

Country Education Foundation of Australia

The Country Education Foundation of Australia scholarships guide is a comprehensive list of tertiary scholarships developed for rural and regional students.

Read more on the Country Education Foundation of Australia website.

Australian College of Nursing (ACN)

The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) administers a number of scholarships funded by the Australian Government's Department of Health and Department of Social Services. It is not necessary to be a member of the ACN to apply for these scholarships.

For more information go to the Australian College of Nursing website.

Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM)

The Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM) can provide information on other scholarships to assist Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander undergraduate nursing students.

For more information go to the CATSINaM website.

Contact the CATSINaM administrator officer at admin@catsinam.org.au or call (02) 6262 5761.

Indigenous Allied Health Australia

Indigenous Allied Health Australia can provide information on other scholarships to assist Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander undergraduate allied health students.

Email admin@iaha.com.au or call (02) 6285 1010.


Student clinical placements: accommodation

Find information about accommodation options during your student clinical placement at the following locations.

Flinders NT and the Centre for Remote Health

  • Flinders NT and the Centre for Remote Health have a limited amount of short-term student accommodation in Darwin, Katherine, Nhulunbuy and Alice Springs available on a share basis. This accommodation is in high demand.
  • NT supervisors and students from any Australian university on placements in these locations can access Flinders NT support and facilities. This includes student access to WiFi, computers, libraries, common rooms and video conferencing. Visit Remote and Rural Interprofessional Placement Learning NT (RIPPL NT) for more information.

Alice Springs Hospital (ASH)

Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH)

  • Accommodation on the RDH campus is limited.
  • Affordable accommodation with good transport links is available nearby at Unilodge next to Casuarina Shopping Square.
  • Affordable accommodation with a range of facilities is available at International House Darwin (IHD) and IHD Guest Apartments on Charles Darwin University’s Casuarina campus. On-campus facilities include WiFi, swimming pool and indoor multi-purpose hall.

Katherine Hospital

  • Call (08) 8973 9230 for allocation and management of accommodation at Katherine Hospital.
  • Affordable accommodation and meal options are available at Katherine Student Accommodation (KSA) on Charles Darwin University’s Katherine Rural campus.

Tennant Creek Hospital

  • Accommodation is not available at Tennant Creek Hospital and therefore students can seek local accommodation independently within the town itself.
  • Student accommodation is also available through the Centre for Remote Health.

Gove District Hospital


Before you start your student clinical placement

Students on placements must make sure they've completed the relevant requirements in the table below.

This includes a criminal history record check and a working with children clearance (also called an Ochre Card), at your own expense.

RequirementResourceAll StudentsNursing and Midwifery OnlyOther Disciplines

Student placement form

Student placement formX--
Student deed of undertakingStudent deed of undertakingX--
Criminal history checkApply for a criminal history checkX--
Working with children clearanceWorking with children clearance:X--
Certified copies of vaccination and confirming serology documentsThe Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th Edition - Vaccination of persons at occupational risk.
Go to the Australian Government's Department of Health website.
X--
Annual CPR competencyHLTAID002-XCheck with relevant NT Health Placement Coordinator
Current First Aid certificateHLTAID003 or HLTFA311A-XCheck with relevant NT Health Placement Coordinator
Hand hygiene certificateHand Hygiene Australia Learning Management System.
Go to the Hand Hygiene Australia website.
X--
Appropriate permits to enter Aboriginal land as requiredAboriginal land permitsX--
Cultural awareness programCheck with your education providerX--
Department of Health privacy policyPrivacy policyX--

Immunisations

Students working in NT Health clinical facilities must comply with vaccine requirements in line with the Australian Immunisation Handbook before they start their placement as per the Student Placement Agreement.

Clinical resources

Guidelines

Guidelines are available to NT Health staff only on the Policy Guideline Centre.

Medication administration policy

The medication administration policy ensures the safe administration of medications by health workers and students.

Both Top End Health Service (TEHS) and Central Australia Health Service (CAHS) Medication Administration Policies are available to NT Health staff only on the Policy Guideline Centre.

Oral health

Student Supervision Oral Health Procedure is available to NT Health staff only on the Policy Guideline Centre.

Nursing and midwifery

These documents are available to NT Health staff only on the Policy Guideline Centre:

  • Student Placement Guide (Nursing and Midwifery) DoH Guideline
  • Nursing Student Placement in the Forensic Mental Health Team

Medical and Defence student placements

Medical student placements

Medical student placements are managed through the NT Medical Program at Flinders University. 

For more information go to the Flinders University website.

Royal Darwin Hospital student doctor policy

Staff members can access Royal Darwin Hospital's policy on the supervision of doctors-in-training
supervision of doctors-in-training RDH Policy (internal access only).

Defence placements 

Australian Defence Force placements are managed by the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre (NCCTRC).

For further information email admin.ncctrc@nt.gov.au or call (08) 8944 8361.


Student placement agreements

The list below identifies all education providers who have a student placement agreement with NT Health.

Please read clinical student placement procedures to learn how to secure student placements with NT Health.

Education Provider

Australian Catholic University

Australian College of Nursing

Bachelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education

Central Queensland University

Charles Darwin University

Charles Sturt University

Curtin University

Deakin University

Edith Cowan University

EQUALS International (Aust) Pty Ltd

Federation University Australia

Flinders University

Foundation Education

Fox Education and Consultancy

Griffith University

Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA)

Institute of Health and Nursing Australia

James Cook University

La Trobe University

Macquarie University

Monash University

Open Colleges Pty Ltd

Queensland University of Technology

RMIT University

Southern Cross University

Swinburne University of Technology

TAFE Queensland

University of Canberra

University of Melbourne

University of Queensland

University of South Australia

University of the Sunshine Coast

University of Southern Queensland

University of Sydney

University of Tasmania

University of Technology, Sydney

University of Wollongong

Western Sydney University