Welcome to SONIA Online - The Sydney School of Health Sciences
(Occupational Therapy)

 The School of Health Sciences Placement Provisions have recently been updated and are available at: 

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sydney - School of Health Sciences Placement Provisions 2024 
There is a requirement for students to be compliant with NSW Health and School clearances at least 6 weeks prior to scheduled placement commencement dates

The Influenza Vaccination is mandatory for all students who are attending a placement between

1 JUN and 30 SEP 2024 
Your updated AIR (Australian Immunisation Register), Vaccination Record Card or Pharmacy Letter/Invoice must include the batch number.  Email as a PDF to [email protected]   
(photographs will not be accepted)
The subject line should read: FLU - SID XXXXXXX 
The Student Verification team must verify your documentation before they forward it on to NSW Health to update your ClinConnect student profile which will import to Sonia.  Allow 2-3wks for processing

Sonia FMH – Verification
Upload the documents listed below to the relevant field under the Checks tab

* Student Summary Sheet

* Police Check

* Immunisation (completed Vaccination Record Card with evidence of protection against certain infectious diseases)

* Influenza (required annually for placements from Jun to Sep of current year)



Email [email protected] with any questions


 Sonia FMH – Occupational Therapy https://sonia.sydney.edu.au/SoniaOnline/Default.aspx
Upload * Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certificate under the Checks tab

Enter * Working with Children Check number (WWCC) E.g. WWC0123456A

Complete * Student Placement Declaration (under the Forms tab)

Email [email protected] with any questions


Useful Student Links
NSW Health Verification Pack  https://www.sydney.edu.au/content/dam/students/documents/enrolment/course-requirements/health/nsw-ministry-health-verification-pack.pdf
Student Uniforms  Student Uniforms 

Scholarships, Grants and Support
HETI  Health Education and Training Institute Grants 
RURAL PLACEMENTS  HETI Rural Allied Health Undergraduate Scholarship
ACEN  Australian Collaborative Education Network Scholarships
SARRAH  Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health Student Membership
UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIPS  Domestic StudentInternational StudentsFaculty of Medicine and Health 

If you experience financial difficulties that impact on your studies, you may be able to apply for financial support. The University has a number of bursaries and interest free loans to assist with essential study and living costs  University Financial Support

Professional and confidential psychological and mental health services are free and available through CAPS  Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Student Accommodation
HETI Student Accommodation  HETI Accommodation List
University Department of Rural Health (UDRH)  Central NSW Mid-North Coast   Tamworth, Taree, Armidale, Moree, Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour;  Broken Hill
University Centre of Rural Health (UCRH)  University Centre of Rural Health (UCRH)   Northern NSW including Grafton to Lismore; Click here for  more information

For placements within the footprint of Albury, Dubbo, Orange, Wagga Wagga, Griffith, Temora, Tumut  Three Rivers UDRH   All campuses except Port Macquarie fall in the Three Rivers Department of Rural Health footprint.  If students are studying nursing, midwifery, allied health or dentistry and are domestic, they may be eligible for DRH subsidised accommodation.  To apply or check eligibility, they would need to contact DRH directly via: https://threerivers.csu.edu.au/students/placement-accommodation  Please see this link if you are unsure what the Three Rivers Department of Rural Health Footprint is.
Phone: +61 2 6933 4058 and Email: [email protected]

Please also see the list of documents on the top right hand of this screen for more accommodation options.

Important Privacy Information for Students
The Placements & Work Integrated Learning team is sometimes asked to provide additional basic information about you to the placement organisation. We usually only provide your name and your student identification number. The purpose of providing additional information is so that if needed, the placement organisation can contact you for important pre-placement communication.

You may still be required to present any original compliance documents to the site on the first day of placement.

The additional information we may be asked to provide about you to placement organisations is:

· Your university email address

· Your mobile phone number

· Your date of birth

· If you have a current National Police Certificate (National Criminal Record Check)

· Information about your verification status

· Your Working with Children Check number or similar information for other state/territories

We have also been asked to make your contact details available to other students of this faculty, who may be going on a placement to the same organisation as you or in the same rural town. This is to allow the opportunity for you to support each other during the placement period. The contact details we may provide to the other students would be your name and university email address.  

Some placement organisations may also ask you for your home address. We will not release this information. Unless it is necessary for them to undertake a National Criminal Record Check on you as part of their organisations policy, you are not obliged to provide your home address to them. If a ‘home’ address is needed for any other purpose for the placement, you may use the street address of the faculty, which is:
Level 8, Susan Wakil Health Building D18 Western Avenue, The University of Sydney NSW 2006

Our general communication with you will be via your university email, phone, SMS and other University systems. Please note that SMS notifications will only be sent in specific high priority circumstances. No links will be provided via SMS and you will not be asked to provide personal details to us from an SMS.

We take your privacy and the privacy legislation very seriously. If you do not want the Work Integrated Learning team to provide any or some of this information as indicated above, please notify us via email at [email protected]  We will not release any other information about you to the placement organisations or other students without your written permission.

The University of Sydney Student Counselling Service (SCS) is open 9am- 5pm Mon-Fri (except public holidays). To make an appointment, please call 02 8627 8433 or 02 8627 8437 or complete the Booking Request Form Please note that SCS Counsellors do not offer support over email.

If you need to talk to someone after hours you can call the University of Sydney Student Mental Wellbeing Support Line on 1300 474 065 or text 0488 884 429 (SMS chat) for support from 5pm-9am Monday to Friday, and 24 hours a day on weekends and public holidays.

In a medical emergency, dial 000 and ask for an ambulance.

For any significant mental health support call NSW Mental Health Access Line on 1800 011 511.