Workplace experience placements are an integral part of study, consolidating knowledge within the real nursing environment. By applying theory to practice, students will learn in supportive environments across our hospitals in South Brisbane, Townsville, Redland and Springfield.
We offer student placement opportunities for undergraduate and postgraduate students studying nursing, midwifery, medicine, allied health and other health disciplines through Mater Education or select university partners.
This update follows a recent public health directive from the Chief Health Officer and relates to any students attending placement at a vulnerable facility, this includes any aged care or community care facility or hospital (public or private) across Queensland.
1. If you have been COVID-19 positive or a close contact you must isolate for 7 days before entering a vulnerable facility.
This means that you must wait 7 days in total before attending or resuming placement.
2. If you are planning international travel, you need to be aware that you will not be allowed onto a Mater site for placement for 7 days from your return date and must comply with the following steps:
You must have a booster (3rd dose) prior to placement;
Have no COVID-19 symptoms; and
You must undertake a COVID-19 test and receive a negative test result before commencing placement.
Students are encouraged to bring evidence of being COVID-19 negative when they return to placement.
As you will appreciate, placement capacity at our hospitals are closely managed. While Mater will endeavour to provide make up shifts we may not be able to always support this due to capacity within the Hospital. Please take this into consideration if you are deciding to embark on international travel.
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Information for Mater Education students
- Placement may include day, evening and night shifts across weekdays and weekends; shifts and days will change each semester.
- Allocation of placement may vary according to the acuity of the hospital and selection of elective units of competency.
- While we make every effort to ensure each student secures the electives of their choice, Mater Education reserves the right to allocate electives according to availability and the academic capabilities of individual students.
- Placement must be undertaken in Queensland.
Diploma of Nursing
Semester 1 = 120 hours of workplace experience placement
Semester 2 = 120 hours of workplace experience placement
Semester 3 = 160 hours of workplace experience placement (inclusive of elective subject learning hours)
Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance
80 hours of placement
Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance
120 hours of placement
Certificate III in Health Services Assistance
40 hours of placement
Certificate III in Individual Support
120 hours of placement
Certificate III in Pathology
Minimum of 35 hours at the end of the course.
- A limited number of opportunities exist for students to undertake Vocational Placement at an external Pathology company (a $300 fee applies).
- To be eligible to undertake vocational placement at a non Mater pathology collection centre, student’s tuition fees must not be in arrears.
- As places are limited, Mater Education reserves the right to nominate students for placement. Students have the option to opt-out if offered a place at an external provider.
Mater welcomes students on placement, and aims to provide exceptional supervision and guidance as you further develop your knowledge and skills in the workplace.
All requests and arrangements for student placements should be made through your Education Provider by requesting that they contact Mater’s Clinical Placement Coordinator (email@example.com).
All students accepted for placement at Mater must read the Mater Student Placement Handbook before starting placement and complete the Student Placement Checklist and Acknowledgement in Appendix 1. It is important that all students attend any relevant orientation of the hospital and/ or clinical area you will be working in, and have met all placement requirements such as compulsory vaccinations and criminal history checks. This will be coordinated and checked by your Education Provider and Mater Student Placements.
Students are offered a discounted parking rate in the Mater Hill and Hancock Street Car parks for entry between 12pm-12am only. Public rates are charged at all other times.
You can find information on public transport and parking at Mater, along with a campus map, on the Contact us page.
At Mater we use the Student Placement Online Tool (SPOT) to manage student placements and student rosters. Students on a placement at Mater will be given a SPOT login and password to access their placement details and/or roster and the Mater Student Placement Handbook. Any students experiencing issues with their SPOT account should contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or speak to your supervisor.
To request a student placement at Mater, Education Providers are required to contact Mater's Clinical Placement Coordinator (email@example.com) or phone 07 3163 8758. A student deed is required to be in place between the Education Provider and Mater. Once a student deed has been established and placement details have been agreed on by both parties, a schedule for the placement needs to be completed to accompany the deed.
Mater co-ordinates all our student placements through our Student Placement Online Tool (SPOT). Education Providers will be guided to complete an online placement request through SPOT to process all requests efficiently.
Our education providers must ensure all their students and staff provide all consents and permissions necessary or required under the Deed prior to commencement of a Placement, including those requirements specified in Schedule 5.