Allied Health Students

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Northern Health is very active in teaching the next generation of health professionals. We have an excellent student program and a wide range of student and supervisor supports across allied health. We have a number of specially developed interprofessional education opportunities available throughout the year. These complement the discipline specific programs run across Northern Health. There are good supports available for allied health staff involved with student teaching.

The Northern  Health Education unit also includes an Administrative Support person to assist with all the administrative tasks that go with student education. Northern Health also has an Allied Health Clinical Education Support person. This role provides professional development and support to staff engaged in student teaching. Programs are also run with groups of students (eg: orientation, debriefing, skill development). Northern Health is an active member of the Northern Clinical Placement Network and has dedicated student teaching facilities at our BECC, BHS and CHS campuses.

Arranging your student placement

Health professional students:
All student placements are covered by specific agreements and contracts that we negotiate directly with each University/TAFE or Training Organisation. We do not offer placements in response to direct enquiries from individual students in any allied health discipline (including for allied health assistant students).

Work experience:
NH offers a limited number of work experience placements each year. If you are interested in accessing one of these please contact the Human Resources Department.

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Exercise Physiology
Northern Health Exercise Physiologists have an active role in student supervision providing both undergraduate and post graduate clinical placements and experience.

Hand Therapy
The Hand Therapy service currently takes Occupational Therapy students from La Trobe University.

Music Therapy
The Music Therapy service currently offers placements to students from the University of Melbourne.

Nutrition & Dietetics
The Nutrition and Dietetics department currently takes students from Deakin University and has a dedicated part-time Clinical Educator role to support the growth and learning of these students. The Clinical Educator coordinates the placements, leads tutorials, provides formal assessments and feedback to students as well as supporting the day to day clinical supervisors within the dietetics department.

Occupational Therapy
The Occupational Therapy service currently takes Occupational Therapy students primarily from La Trobe University and also offers some placements to Charles Sturt University. We also offer placements to Allied Health Assistant Students.

The Orthoptics department currently takes students from La Trobe University. These placements are shared between Northern Health and The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.

The Orthotics department currently takes students primarily from La Trobe University. The department is a clinical school for La Trobe University.

The Podiatry department is a clinical school for La Trobe University and provides around 30 block clinical placements for undergraduate Podiatry students each year. A part-time Clinical Educator supports the Podiatry team and Podiatry students whilst they are undertaking their placements.

Northern Health Physiotherapy is committed to providing clinical education as part of its core business. The Physiotherapy department is a clinical school for Latrobe University and provides around 120 clinical placements for undergraduate physiotherapy students each year.

Clinical education programs are also provided for post-graduate physiotherapists, exercise physiologists and undergraduate allied health assistants. The department also provides a limited number of placements to University of Melbourne physiotherapy students

The Psychology Department provides clinical placements for Provisional Psychologists completing Masters or Doctoral level professional training in Clinical, Health or Neuropsychology.

Social Work
Northern Health Social Work is committed to providing clinical education as part of it’s core business. Intensive  student fieldwork placements are routinely offered.

Speech Pathology
The Speech Pathology Department strive to provide excellence when it comes to clinical education and provide tutorials on goals setting, case history, dysphagia & communication disorders, videofluoroscopy and interview training to further enhance the students’ clinical knowledge and prepare them for the workforce. The department is a clinical school for La Trobe University and provides around 40 clinical placements for undergraduate Speech Pathology students each year.