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Tailored placement for students

Mater is committed to the development of future health professionals, that's why our Mater Education team coordinate, monitor and evaluate placements throughout your study pathway. 

Student placement

Workplace experience placements are an integral part of study, consolidating knowledge within the real nursing environment. By applying theory to practice, students will learn in supportive environments across our hospitals in South Brisbane, Townsville, Redland and Springfield. 

We offer student placement opportunities for undergraduate and postgraduate students studying nursing, midwifery, medicine, allied health and other health disciplines through Mater Education or select university partners.

Information for Mater Education students

    • Placement may include day, evening and night shifts across weekdays and weekends; shifts and days will change each semester.
    • Allocation of placement may vary according to the acuity of the hospital and selection of elective units of competency.
    • While we make every effort to ensure each student secures the electives of their choice, Mater Education reserves the right to allocate electives according to availability and the academic capabilities of individual students.
    • Placement must be undertaken in Queensland.

COVID-19 and clinical placements

If you test positive for COVID-19

If you test positive for COVID-19, you should not attend work or placement for a minimum of five days following either the onset of symptoms or a positive COVID-19 test, whichever is earlier. 

Students should only return to placement (day six onwards) when they are well i.e. your acute respiratory symptoms and fever have resolved. If symptoms persist you must remain isolated until they resolve.

Upon return to placement, you must wear a flat surgical mask for seven days. 

If you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19

If you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you must wear a flat surgical mask at all times until day five, and take your breaks alone. 

If you develop symptoms, you must leave placement immediately and get a COVID-19 PCR test.

Information for Education providers

  • To request a student placement at Mater, Education Providers are required to contact Mater's Clinical Placement Coordinator (studentplacements@mater.org.au) or phone 07 3163 8758. A student deed is required to be in place between the Education Provider and Mater. Once a student deed has been established and placement details have been agreed on by both parties, a schedule for the placement needs to be completed to accompany the deed.

    Mater co-ordinates all our student placements through our Student Placement Online Tool (SPOT). Education Providers will be guided to complete an online placement request through SPOT to process all requests efficiently.

    Our education providers must ensure all their students and staff provide all consents and permissions necessary or required under the Deed prior to commencement of a Placement, including those requirements specified in Schedule 5.

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