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Students on fieldwork

Curtin is committed to developing graduates who are ready for practice in their chosen field. A critical element of this preparation is fieldwork, a subset of ‘work integrated learning’.

During fieldwork you learn by putting your professional role, knowledge and skills into practice in authentic work settings. You engage with people from diverse backgrounds and learn about the roles of others that you may work alongside in the future.

Fieldwork is an integral component of most, but not all, health science courses. Fieldwork may include:

  • practical work placements
  • participation in laboratories and simulations
  • site visits and field trips
  • study tours
  • work experience
  • camps and excursions.

These experiences are usually in the metropolitan area but may include rural or overseas placements. Settings include hospitals, residential care facilities, community health services, private businesses, government and non-government organisations, sporting facilities, schools, and local councils.

Interprofessional education is a key component of Curtin’s health science curriculum. Interprofessional education ‘occurs when students from two or more professions learn about, from and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes’ (World Health Organization, 2010). Through the range of interprofessional experiences provided at Curtin, including fieldwork experiences in WA and overseas, our students not only contribute to the community but are also preparing to be the change agents of the future.

Curtin Health Sciences students on fieldwork in India

Examples of some of the fieldwork experiences for Curtin students include:

Clinics where students deliver health and social services to the community

Jim the avatar used for simulated learning

Simulated learning

Skills laboratories

Through these, and other authentic practical experiences offered at Curtin University, students learn from staff, industry and community role models, clients, patients and their carers.

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