The University of Queensland (UQ) offers a number of programs in various disciplines which lead to professional qualifications. A component of these programs includes the completion of practical placements and often involves contact with patients and clients from a diverse range of backgrounds. 

As such, the University has a duty to ensure that students who undertake practical placements are both physically and mentally able to undertake the demands of their intended profession.  Students must also be able to demonstrate they have the necessary knowledge, skills and professional behaviours expected of student practitioners at the respective stage of their program of study.

The University strives to support students in their learning to become safe practitioners, identifying potential concerns early on, balancing student needs with patient safety, as well as safeguarding the University and its placement providers.


Policy Framework

The University’s Fitness to Practise policy reaffirms the University’s commitment to early intervention (where possible) whilst also providing a framework within which the University will manage Fitness to Practise concerns.  It is important to note that Fitness to Practise at UQ encompasses a broad range of factors including:

Conduct: Conduct outside the bounds considered acceptable or worthy of the membership of the profession
Performance: Performance that is not consistent with the profession’s established standards at the respective stage of your program
Compliance: Disregard for, or are unable to meet, the rules, regulations or standards for practising as a member of the profession or for undertaking practical placement with a placement provider
Health: A disability or health condition that impairs your capacity to practise as required by the profession

It is important to note that if your performance, behaviour or condition poses a serious concern for the welfare of others, or is unreasonably disruptive to the community in which they are learning, or results in an inability to meet the requirements of a program, the University may require that your studies be interrupted or, in cases where remediation is impracticable, discontinued.


Professional Behaviour

As well as possessing the appropriate skills and knowledge, the University has standards for behaviour and conduct while studying a professional program and undertaking practical placements. You are expected to conduct yourself in a manner consistent with the University’s Student Charter as well as any relevant codes or guidelines issued by the Faculty, discipline professional body, registering authority or placement providers. 

Expected behaviours include but are not limited to:

  • attending all teaching sessions and complete any academic requirements set by the School or placement provider
  • avoiding unprofessional behaviour (including on social media websites)
  • being honest and trustworthy in all matters
  • being responsible for your own health
  • respecting and protecting confidential information
  • respecting the views of others, even when they differ from your own
  • seeking clarification on a policy or other University directive that you find unclear
  • taking advantage of all learning/development opportunities
  • treating all persons with respect and without discrimination


Inability to meet program requirements

If you are concerned that you may have difficulty fulfilling the minimum requirements of your program (e.g. pre-placement requirements, disability) you are encouraged to contact the Program Director to discuss what reasonable adjustments may be possible. Any agreed adjustments must be made in consultation with UQ Student Services – Disability and must not compromise the safety and well-being of the student or client, nor prevent you from demonstrating the necessary knowledge and skills for independent professional practice.