Occupational Therapy, Social Work and Speech Pathology fieldwork

The School of Occupational Therapy, Social Work and Speech Pathology believes that fieldwork can be an enjoyable and challenging experience for supervisors, students and the University. The School endeavours to ensure the experience for all stakeholders is valuable, memorable and ultimately the beginning of a pathway to a fulfilling career.

Students immerse themselves in the practice learning experience and emerge ready to practice as occupational therapists, social workers and speech pathologists whilst supervisors will learn from educating.


A group of students working together

Fieldwork takes place in a variety of settings and locations. These placements are designed to meet the requirements of the course; often set by the accrediting body for that course. Most fieldwork placements are coordinated by a designated person, such as the Unit Coordinator, in the relevant school or department. Placements available depend on what our partners are able to provide for that semester or year. As a student you must be prepared to undertake placements assigned to you. You will have to organise your own travel arrangements and may have to organise accommodation for rural, interstate or international placements or accept the accommodation arrangements available for some placements. You will be responsible for costs associated with placements.

Opportunities

Students will be provided with placements that offer learning opportunities that meet with the profession’s requirements.  Student learning will be guided by on site supervision and support from the university.


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.

Social Work

Social work placements are very diverse and include government, non-government and private organisations.  These may vary greatly in size and function.

Two field placements allow you to apply your learning with supervision from a qualified social work practitioner.

Fieldwork placements can occur in a range of settings including; Hospitals, Mental Health, Child Protection, Family Support, Community Development, Schools, Youth Services, Aged Care, Disability services

Please refer to the following statements on the essential requirements for the fieldwork component of this course:

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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:

View undergraduate course | Master of Speech Pathology course


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