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Short Stay Accommodation for Placement and Rotation

There is weekly accommodation potentially available for students while at placement in the vicinity of the;

  • Camperdown campus – useful for inner West, Camperdown, city and North Sydney placements, and
  • Camden campus - useful for Nepean and Campbelltown and Camden area placements.

 If you have any further questions or enquiries please contact Student Accommodation Services at or +61 2 8627 9193.


We’ve received a number of queries from education providers about their students getting access to modules on PPE and infection control. HETI has made the following modules publicly available:



While these modules are not mandatory, they provide a good refresher and a bit more detailed information about what precautions need to be taken in a hospital environment during COVID-19. Students are able to complete the module and print off a certificate.

**ACEN 2020 Student Scholarships

ACEN are offering Eight (8) scholarships of $1,500 each to provide financial support for students undertaking a WIL placement in a regional or remote area of Australia as part of their 2020/2021 university studies.

Please follow the link below for more information on how to apply. 
Application's close on 30 April 2020


Dear students,

The NSW Ministry of Health last year updated their Policy Directive outlining the vaccination and immunisation requirements for their staff and for students on placements in their Local Health Districts and Networks.

The Ministry of Health strongly recommends that students allocated to placements in a High Risk area have the influenza (flu) vaccination. For students who have not had the flu vaccination and who are allocated to a placement in any of the High Risk areas, some health sites may instead allow students to either wear face masks or you may be relocated to another clinical area for placement or your placement may be cancelled.
This change is due to the potential for serious health problems for vulnerable people who catch the flu.

High Risk areas, include:

  • Intensive Care units
  • Antenatal, Perinatal and Postnatal areas including Labour wards and Antenatal Outreach programs (i.e. before, during and after delivery of babies)
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Units and home visiting services provided to neonates (i.e. newborn children less than 4 weeks old)
  • Paediatric (Child) Intensive Care units
  • Transplant and Oncology (Cancer) wards
  • Other areas deemed High Risk by the health service

What this means for you:

a)   If you are placed in a NSW Health facility or private hospital High Risk area, you are likely to be asked to show evidence a number of weeks before placement starts, that you have had the influenza (flu) vaccination within the last 12 months.  

b)   We strongly recommend every student has a flu vaccination as soon as possible as you may not know in advance of placement allocation if you will be placed in a High Risk area. It is 2-3 weeks after the flu vaccination before you are considered to be immunised.

c)   Without a flu vaccination, if allocated to a placement covering any of the High Risk areas, you will be required to either; wear a mask or have the area of placement changed. Where these options are not viable, your placement may be cancelled.  This requirement is due to the potential for serious health problems for vulnerable people who catch the flu.

d)   If you have the flu vaccination, please request and keep the documentation of your vaccination from your health care provider as proof of vaccination.  You should have your local doctor or vaccination nurse update the information on your NSW Health Adult Vaccination Record. A receipt for the vaccination is not enough proof.

e)   If you have not had your flu vaccination and your placement supervisor is planning to relocate your placement to a different area of the health service or your placement is under threat of being cancelled, please contact your Work Integrated Learning team via email as a priority to let us know.


Important legal changes to the Working With Children Check – updating information on changes to your name and/or address

There have been some important changes to the laws around the Working With Children Check. Personal details must be updated if there has been a change.

Everyone who holds a WWCC is now legally required to update their contact details, including any name or address changes. This must be done within three months of the change. Penalties will apply for people who don’t update. Updating your details is simple – go to and follow the directions. You will need to use your WWCC number to make any changes to your name or address on the WWCC website.

Are you currently verified for the duration of your placement?

Check your verification status under the 'Checks' tab and don't forget to double check your Criminal Record Check (CRC) expiry date.

More information about verification can be found here


NSW Health Mandatory Training Modules

Students please be aware that if you are attending a NSW Health site ie. a Public Hospital, there will be mandatory training modules that you will need to complete before the placement begins. You will be sent an email by NSW Health with a log in and link to the modules, 2 weeks before your placement starts. You will only need to complete this once. Please keep an eye out in your University email for this email if you are allocated to a NSW Health site.

Important Privacy Information for students: 

The 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 to placement organisations. 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 vaccination status

·         your Working with Children Check number or similar information for other states/territories

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

 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 organisation’s 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: 75 East Street, Lidcombe NSW 2141.

 We take your privacy and the privacy legislation seriously. If you do not want the Work Integrated Learning team to provide any or some of this info

rmation as indicated above, please notify us via email at .  We will not release any other information about you to the placement organisation or other students without your written permission.