Operational issues

Establish an Agreement

It is important to have an agreement with the education provider, and in some cases the students themselves. Health Workforce Australia has developed guidelines for clinical placement agreements which can be accessed here.

A clinical placement agreement should improve the quality of clinical supervision and clinical placements by:

  • Establishing patient/client care and safety as the overriding consideration
  • Ensuring confidentiality and privacy for all involved in the placement
  • Supporting students undertaking clinical placements
  • Facilitating achievement of learning objectives.

Many education providers will have a standard agreement for you to sign. In these cases you might like to use the HWA guidelines as a checklist to ensure the agreement covers all the necessary information.