Health placements

Health placement is an exciting part of your degree, letting you experience what it's like to work as a health care professional in real-life situations.

These compulsory placements give you the opportunity to integrate theory with practice, further develop your skills through supportive professional environments and gain essential working knowledge of current industry practice.

Depending on your discipline, some placements occur throughout your degree while other placements happen in your final year.

Learn more about health placement hours and activities.

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Preparing for placement

As a condition of any type of professional experience - including placement, volunteering, laboratory work, research, or community-engaged learning - you are required to provide evidence of your compliance and health protection before participating in any of these activities.

  • Student compliance is a mandatory, legislative and regulatory requirement
  • To be able to attend field placement, you must be compliant
  • You must meet the requirements of both Southern Cross University and the external organisation. This will ensure the safety of yourself and others
  • SONIA, the professional placement database for students, is where you will upload your compliance documents. It is also where you can view your placement allocations.

Student compliance requirements

Student-Led Clinics

Students have the opportunity to gain real-world experience and engage in clinical activities like assessment and diagnosis, treatment planning and intervention, and evaluation of patients’ needs, at one of our two Health Clinics.

Southern Cross University operates a clinic each on the Gold Coast and Lismore campuses. The clinics are a core component of Southern Cross programs, ensuring students gain the knowledge and experience they need to work in the healthcare industry.

Find out more about the student-led clinics

Professional Experience Unit

Having a successful placement is an important step in completing your degree. The Professional Experience Unit (PEU) team in the School of Health and Human Sciences is here to support you.

If you require further information or need assistance you can email the Professional Experience Unit or call them on +61 7 5589 3439.


Contact the School of Health and Human Sciences

Dean and Head of School

T: +61 2 6620 3557

E: healthpa@scu.edu.au

Group Leads and Course Coordinators

Visit the Staff page

Director of Higher Degree Research

T: +61 2 6659 3688

E: john.hurley@scu.edu.au

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