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Fieldwork

Fieldwork/clinical placements provide you with important opportunities to learn through direct experience. During placement, you will put your professional role, knowledge and skills into practice in authentic psychology and speech pathology contexts. You will engage with people from diverse backgrounds, including other health professionals you may work alongside in the future.



Opportunities

Our fieldwork partnerships offer challenging and rewarding learning experiences, across a variety of sectors, populations and service delivery models. Clinical placements occur within the Perth metropolitan area, at a number of rural locations around Western Australia and for some courses, selected international locations.


Future students

Please read the following essential requirements for fieldwork/clinical placement before you enrol in a course.

You do not need to meet these requirements before you enrol, but it’s important you understand your obligations so you can successfully complete the placement component of your course.

Clinical Psychology

You will complete three fieldwork placements, equivalent to 45 days each, across the two years of the Masters in Clinical Psychology degree. The majority of placements take place in the Perth metropolitan area, but there are opportunities for you to complete placements in regional settings. Under the supervision of qualified Clinical Psychologists, these fieldwork experiences build in their complexity and intensity over the years. These placements cover adult and child problems, institutional and non-institutional settings, acute care and rehabilitation with the disabled, in both medical and non-medical agencies.

The first fieldwork placement will be completed in either the Curtin Child and Adolescent Psychology Clinic, or the Curtin Adult Psychology Clinic. These Clinics are housed in the Curtin Health and Wellness Centre and provide community based mental health assessment and treatment on a statewide basis.

The second and third fieldwork placements can occur in a range of settings including:

  • Major teaching hospitals, including Princess Margaret, Fiona Stanley, Sir Charles Gairdner, Royal Perth, Graylands, and King Edward Memorial Hospitals
  • Private Hospitals
  • Drug and alcohol services
  • University Counselling Services
  • Department of Health services, including Child Development Centres, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), Adult and Older Adult Outpatient Mental Health Clinics,
  • Disability Services Commission
  • Department for Child Protection and Family Support
  • Non-government organisations
  • Private practices

The course’s essential fieldwork requirements are listed below:

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Speech Pathology

The majority of placements take place in the Perth metropolitan area, but there are opportunities for you to complete placements in regional, interstate and international settings. Under the supervision of qualified speech pathologists, you will undertake fieldwork during your second, third and fourth years of the undergraduate course, and both years of the Masters course. These fieldwork experiences build in their complexity and intensity over the years, ranging from observations and half day placements, to full time placements. You do not need to complete a set number of hours of fieldwork within the speech pathology courses, but the curriculum is designed so that all students have a very similar number of placement days. It is your competence across a range of generic and clinical skills that will determine your ability to meet the requirements for placement units.

Fieldwork placements can occur in a range of settings including:

  • public and private hospitals
  • outpatient services
  • community health services
  • non-government organisations
  • residential and aged care facilities
  • private practices
  • schools
  • outreach services
  • student-run clinics.

The course’s essential fieldwork requirements are listed below:

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Current students

Read about your obligations as a current student and find links to useful resources.

Important information for current students

In the field, you will be representing yourself, your course or chosen profession, and Curtin University. You are expected to demonstrate professional attitudes and behaviour at all times.

As a student, you must satisfactorily complete all fieldwork activities, pass assessment requirements and demonstrate attributes associated with professional conduct. To facilitate this, you should refer to your unit outline, Blackboard and the fieldwork manual, and read the important information on essential fieldwork requirements.

Useful resources