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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.

2023 placement calendars

The 2023 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 learning opportunities to develop their knowledge and skills in organising, structuring, and carrying out high quality student placement experiences. We offer a series of Placement Educator Development modules.

The modules combine online content with learning activities and zoom discussions. These are run on various days and at various times over a six week period. Participants sign up for six weeks’ access to all modules and may complete as many or as few of the modules as they wish. The modules aim to help support educators in relation to many areas relevant to student placements:

  1. Preparing for placement (compulsory)
  2. Planning quality learning experiences
  3. Evaluating placements
  4. Effective feedback
  5. Principles of assessment
  6. Facilitating reflective practice
  7. Facilitating peer learning
  8. Facilitating interprofessional learning

To complete every module, participants should allocate 2 hours each week including the zoom meetings.

Participants receive a statement of participation. This course may provide credits/points towards CPD learning activities, depending on your health profession.

Please register your interest here

In 2023, there will be 4 available sessions, March, May, August and October.