Learning beyond the lecture

With the extensive range of clinical and professional placements offered as part of UQ’s health degrees, you have the opportunity to take the theory learnt during your studies and practise it in a real-life setting. Our clinical and professional placements will give you knowledge, understanding and practical skills so you can graduate ready for an exciting career in the health industry. Find out more about placements in health in the Learning Beyond The Lecture eBook or continue reading below.


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Placement opportunities

Most of our students undertake either clinical or industry placements in a variety of settings including public and private hospitals, private clinics, professional organisations and community centres.

Through our strong relationships with major healthcare and industry partners, placements can be undertaken in your local community, in rural and remote areas and, at times, in international locations. We have staff and placement units across UQ’s health programs dedicated to securing quality, authentic placement opportunities for our students.

Placements provide a wealth of exposure and real-time learning, where you will gain a true understanding of life as a health professional, from applying what you’ve learnt at uni to real-life settings to developing networks and professional relationships.

You may be exposed to different placement environments, some of which will be multidisciplinary in nature and promoting teams of interprofessional practice where you will collaborate with students from other health programs at UQ. Many of our graduates are successful in finding employment as a direct result of their placement, with some securing jobs at the same organisation at which they
undertook their placement.

Hear from our students as they blog about their placements - see:

Lara's blog about her placement in Darwin

Kris' blog about her placement in Cambodia

UQ Health Clinics

Depending on your program, you may complete a practical placement at UQ’s Health Clinics which provide a variety of healthcare and rehabilitation services to the general public, as well as students and staff of the university. Our clinics specialise in the following professional services:

  • Audiology (hearing)
  • Dentistry
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychology
  • Speech Pathology (speech and language)
  • Telerehabilitation.

Our Dentistry Clinics are located at the new UQ Oral Health Centre, Australia’s largest and most advanced tertiary dental facility. The clinics boast state-of-the-art technology and provide dental treatment for all ages, from babies to seniors. Based at UQ’s St Lucia campus, the UQ Health and Rehabilitation Clinics provide healthcare and rehabilitation to UQ staff, students and members of the public through their Audiology, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Speech Pathology and Telerehabilitation clinics.


International placements

Depending on your program, you can broaden your horizons and learning experiences with international placement opportunities. As well as a chance to travel overseas, these international placements will give you exposure to professional and cultural experiences not commonly experienced in Australia to enhance your future job prospects.

UQ’s School of Medicine offers students the opportunity to study in a range of preapproved locations at the Brunei Clinical School, Ochsner Clinical School in America, Queen’s University and in general practice in Canada. Students can also apply for non pre-approved locations.

UQ’s School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences offers four-week, supervised, interprofessional, intercultural placement (IPIC) opportunities in Vietnam and Timor Leste. These placements provide final year students from Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology and Physiotherapy the opportunity to work in teams with people of different cultures, while providing much needed support to these communities.

There are many other international placement opportunities offered depending on your chosen health degree.

You can find out more about placements in Health in the Learning Beyond The Lecture eBook and by browsing the options available to each specific program.

Last updated:
22 June 2016