Deciding to offer a clinical education placement
Thinking of offering a student placement for the first time? In this video below, Ruth and Lucy, clinical education liaison managers at the University of Queensland, reflect on the different motivators and the initial planning involved in hosting a student placement:
As you have seen, there are varied motivators for offering a student placement, and careful planning is required to ensure a positive learning environment can be created.
Benefits of student supervision
Many health professional association’s view student supervision as a professional responsibility that ensures the continued education of the allied health workforce. Thus, many health professionals take on the role of student supervisor. Becoming a student supervisor provides several benefits:
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Please Note: References remain valid until superseded by later research. The resources referenced here are regularly reviewed and are considered current and relevant to the topics presented.
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- James Cook University (2011). Workplace Educators Resource Package.
- McAllister, L. and Lincoln, M. (2004). Clinical Education in Speech Language Pathology. Whurr: London.
- Occupational Therapy Practice Education Collaborative - Queensland (2017). Why supervise a student?.
- Speech Pathology Australia (2010). Code of Ethics.
- Speech Pathology Australia (2005). Position Statement Clinical Education - The importance and value for the speech pathology profession.
- Thomas, Y., Dickson, D., Broadbridge, J., Hopper, L., Hawkins, R., Edwards, A. and McBryde, C. (2007). Benefits and challenges of supervising occupational therapy fieldwork students: Supervisors’ perspectives. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 54, S2-S12.