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Become an external placement educator

Work with us to build our future workforce
In most health science degrees, students are required to undertake placements with external organisations. By becoming a placement educator, you'll make an invaluable contribution to the development of these future professionals.

About our placements

Our allied health professional degrees require students to complete placements in the authentic workplace environment. The placements are designed to enable students to reach the expected professional competencies through experiencing the real world of work across varied settings. 

Students are supervised by staff from sites in the public and private health sector, education, disability and other private and non-government organisations.

Students undertake placements in the following disciplines:

How to become a placement educator

For professionals interested in offering placements, please contact the relevant work integrated learning discipline contact.

Why become a placement educator? 

As an educator, you will experience the personal reward of contributing to the growth and development of your future colleagues and thus growing your profession. In return, students bring to placement their enthusiasm, zest for learning and the latest research findings to inform their and your clinical reasoning. 

You'll have access to education and workshops, and the University of Sydney library. We also invite some individual placement educators to apply for an honorary clinical title in recongition of their significant contributions.

2021 placement calendars

The 2021 placement calenders are now available for reference. Note that these dates may be subject to change and may not apply to students following a non-standard placement progression:

Development and workshops

We provide external educators with interactive opportunities to develop their knowledge and skills in organising, structuring and carrying out high quality student placement experiences. We offer two types of workshops - introductory and intermediate.

Please register for our new Placement Educator Development series of online modules with learning activities and information, with 1 hour zoom meetings. The zoom discussions for the modules are on various days and at various times throughout the 6 week period. Participants sign up for 6 weeks’ access to as much or as little as they wish to do. If you want to do all of the modules you should allocate 2-3 hours each week including the zooms.

The same program will run twice in 2021, with additional dates planned for 2022. Please click here to register your interest.

Program 1: August 30th  - October 8th

Program 2: October 18th – November 26th

Library access

All current external educators can apply for borrowing privileges from the University Library (including access to the Library's electronic resources). To apply, please complete the Library application form (pdf, 63.1KB) and send to with a copy of your identification and a passport size photo.

Membership can be renewed annually (contingent on your continued education of students on placement), by completion of the form. ID and a photo are not required for renewals.