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Clinical Placements

Clinical placements are a requirement for courses in a number of health-related disciplines including medicine, dentistry and oral health, nursing and midwifery, allied health and other discipline areas aligned to clinical services.

Clinical placements are organised by the Education Provider (University, TAFE, College) and booked and managed in the NSW Health ClinConnect system.  Clinical placements are for students who are enrolled in an Australian Education Provider and who are working towards a health related occupation.

Clinical Placement Principles

For students to attend clinical placements in NSW Health public health facilities, the following must be met.

  1. A Student Placement Agreement (SPA) [pdf] must be in place between the Health Service and the Education Provider. Student Placement Agreement [word]
  2. Students must be compliant with NSW Health policy regarding National Police Checks, NSW Health Code of Conduct and Health & Immunisations.
  3. The placement will be entered and managed in ClinConnect.
Please note: students do not have access to ClinConnect.  Placements must be sourced and booked by the Education Provider.

Clinical Placement Policy and Guidelines

Clinical placements in NSW Health are governed by the:

NSW Health Student Placement Process

In NSW Health, placements are a partnership between the Local Health District/Specialty Health Network/Health Agency and the Education Provider.  HETI is not directly involved in the partnership creation or placement negotiation.

In order to organise one or more student placements in NSW Health facilities, an Education Provider needs to approach a health agency to establish a Student Placement Agreement between both parties. The Clinical Placement (ClinConnect) Coordinator is the first point of contact.  The NSW Health Map will assist you to find the correct health agency and therefore Coordinator to contact.  Separate Agreements need to be held with each health entity an education provider wishes to partner with for student placements.

Please note: As the clinical placement process is quite complex, Education Providers are responsible for booking and managing placements on a student's behalf. Students must not contact hospitals, facilities or HETI directly looking for placements.  

Once a Student Placement Agreement has been signed, the Education Provider then needs to contact HETI Clinical Placements to gain access to the ClinConnect System.  Using the ClinConnect System, the Education Provider will be able to identify available capacity and make contact with the right people.  Students do not get access to ClinConnect.

Once capacity has been identified, a placement needs to be created in the ClinConnect System.  Before the placement starts, the student must go through the compliance assessment process. This involves NSW Health assessing the student's police check, vaccinations and signed code of conduct declaration.  (There may be additional forms or requirements for some disciplines, placements e.g. Aged Care Facilities, or health agencies.)  The health agency ClinConnect Coordinator will be able to assist with this process.

Two weeks before the placement is due to start, the student will be issued with a NSW Health employee ID (StaffLink ID) and will be given access to the NSW Health Learning Management System (My Health Learning).  All students are required to complete five elearning modules, preferably before placement starts.  Some disciplines have an eMR training module also.

For further information, please see the following pages or contact the HETI Clinical Placements team.

StaffLink IDs, My Health Learning and eLearning.

Frequently Asked Questions for students

Frequently Asked Questions - Placements and COVID