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.
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 chief executive officer 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:
- 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for contact information regarding NT Health placement coordinators.
If a course provider is intending to place students in the NT within 3 months of making their enquiry, they should provide as much information as possible to the health service placement voordinator 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 to 2018 and the NT Health strategic plan 2018 to 2022. Therefore, when there is competition for placements, the following priorities apply:
- priority 1 - Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students, NT residents, and residents from elsewhere in Australia
- priority 2 - NT students enrolled with an NT education provider such as Charles Darwin University, 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.
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 chief allied health officer.
Last updated: 02 August 2022
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