Inherent Requirements for the Completion of Professional Entry Programs
The University of Queensland offers a number of exciting programs which lead to professional qualifications in the disciplines of audiology, clinical exercise physiology, dentistry, dietetics, exercise and sport science, medicine, midwifery, nursing, nutrition, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physiotherapy, psychology, social work and speech pathology. Entry to these professions after graduation as independent practitioners requires licensing through an appropriate Registration Board and/or membership of the relevant professional body.
Professional practice in these disciplines is diverse, ranging across many areas of health, education, industry and community development, and occurring at population, group and individual levels. All graduates of these programs must be committed to life-long learning.
Our programs reflect the dynamic nature of the knowledge and skills required for beginning practitioners. Their curricula have been developed by experts with clinical, academic and educational skills in consultation with key stakeholders, approved by the appropriate Faculty and University committees, and certified as meeting required academic and professional standards by external accreditation organizations.
All students undertaking a program of study at the University of Queensland are expected to attain a number of Graduate Attributes as outlined in the University’s Policies and Procedures Library.
In addition to these Graduate Attributes, these programs include discipline-specific knowledge and skills. These have been designed to equip students with the clinical competencies required for registration and future professional practice. In order to develop these competencies, students are required to meet defined minimum levels of participation in the learning and assessment activities of their program. Participation requirements are outlined in the relevant Electronic Course Profiles (see: www.uq.edu.au/study). Learning and assessment activities take place during clinical placements as well as on campus and constitute the Minimum Inherent Requirements for program completion and graduation.
Clinical and Community Placements (also known as clinical immersion, clinical placement, clinical practice, externship, fieldwork, industry experience, industry study, internship, practicum, teaching practice, work placement) are an inherent part of these programs and represent an essential and invaluable learning experience for students.
These placements are undertaken with external organisations, although some of them may occur on campus.
There are a number of pre-placement requirements that students must meet prior to the commencement of placements, including:
- legislative requirements;
- occupational health and safety and security requirements;
- workplace confidentiality requirements; and
- other workplace policies and procedures.
As a guide, the legislative requirements may include but are not limited to:
- Blue Card, to comply with Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian Act 2000 (Qld) (see PPL 1.60.07 Working with Children);
- Yellow Identification Card, to comply with Corrective Services Act 2006 (Qld);
- Yellow Card, to comply with Disability Services Act 2006 (Qld);
- Occupational Health and Safety.
Most placement organisations which offer clinical placements require students to provide evidence of immunisation or immunity for vaccine preventable diseases and testing for blood borne viruses.
Therefore, prior to commencing a clinical placement, all students are required to complete the following:
- Schedule of immunizations, as determined by the Executive Dean
- Working with Children check – ‘Blue card’
- First Aid & CPR certificate ()
- Queensland Health student orientation, orientation checklist, OH&S module and student deed
Students may also be required to sign a confidentiality statement.
In addition to this, individuals with a transmissible blood borne virus should note that this may impact their ability to undertake some programs. In other cases, restrictions may apply during the program and for professional practice after graduation (see the Alternative Academic Arrangements for Students with a Disability policy for details).
Requirements for each program are generally included in the program rules, which can be accessed from the courses and programs website, and detailed requirements (including relevant paperwork) are provided to students during enrolment.
Inability to meet the Minimum Inherent Requirements for program completion
Students who are concerned that they may have difficulty in completing the minimum inherent requirements of their program (e.g. for reasons such as inability to meet pre-placement requirements, disability or religious beliefs), are encouraged to contact the Program Director to discuss if reasonable adjustments to their study are possible. Any agreed adjustments must not compromise the safety and well-being of the client or student, nor prevent the student from demonstrating the necessary knowledge and skills for independent professional practice. Although there may be some circumstances in which use of an intermediary is acceptable, this will be determined on a case by case basis.