Student clinical placements: procedures and priorities

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 Office of the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer 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 nursing.info@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 2014 - 2017. 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.

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Last updated: 13 October 2017