The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work has a number of field work courses which are offered as part of the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours), Master of Counselling, and Master of Social Work Studies.

The School's Field Education Unit is responsible for organising and matching students with practical placements. The Unit strives to provide the necessary balance between support and challenge in order to maximise a student’s learning opportunities whilst on field placement.  The Field Education Unit is available for the duration of a student’s program, for consultation and assistance regarding placement and field education issues.

Field education online database

The Field Education Unit utilises an online database for the organisation and assessment of student placements.

Students are provided with internet portals that enable them to have easy access to information about the agency that they are placed with and evaluation forms to be used to assess the students’ progression on placement.

Students will be provided with a username and password during the placement organisation process.

Go to the database

 

Hours of placement and requirements

Semester 1, 2018

Field Placement 1
SWSP3155 (Bachelor of Social Work (Hons))
SWSP7155 (Master of Social Work Studies)
  • Attend compulsory Pre-Placement Workshop: 9 February 2018
  • Commence Placement: 12 February 2018
  • Complete Placement: 15 June 2018
  • A minimum of 500 hours, 18 weeks, 4 days per week
Field Placement 1
SWSP7366 (Master of Social Work Studies)
#24 unit program only
  • Attend compulsory Pre-Placement Workshop: 24 January 2018 
  • Commence Placement: 29 January 2018
  • Complete placement: 22 June 2018
  • A minimum of 600 hours, 21 weeks, 4 days per week
Field Placement 2
SWSP4266 (Bachelor of Social Work (Hons))
SWSP7266 (Master of Social Work Studies
  • Attend compulsory Pre-Placement Workshop: 9 February 2018
  • Commence Placement: 12 February 2018
  • Complete Placement: 15 June 2018
  • A minimum of 500 hours, 18 weeks, 4 days per week
Practicum 1
HSER2001 (Bachelor of Human Services)
  • Attend compulsory Pre-Placement Workshop: week of 19 February 2018
  • Commence Placement: 26 February 2018
  • Complete Placement:  18 May 2018

Semester 2, 2018

Field Placement 1
SWSP7155 (Master of Social Work Studies)
  • Attend compulsory Pre-Placement Workshop: 6 July 2018
  • Commence Placement: 9 July 2018
  • Complete Placement: 9 November 2018
  • A minimum of 500 hours, 18 weeks, 4 days per week
Field Placement 1
SWSP7366 (Master of Social Work Studies)
#24 unit program only
  • Attend compulsory Pre-Placement Workshop: To be advised (note: an earlier date may be set if multiple students enrol in the course – students will be advised in due course)
  • Commence Placement: 2 July 2018
  • Complete placement: 16 November 2018
  • A minimum of 600 hours, 21 weeks, 4 days per week
Field Placement 2
SWSP4266 (Bachelor of Social Work (Hons))
SWSP7266 (Master of Social Work Studies)
  • Attend compulsory Pre-Placement Workshop: 6 July 2018
  • Commence Placement: 9 July 2018
  • Complete Placement: 9 November 2018
  • A minimum of 500 hours, 18 weeks, 4 days per week
Practicum 2
HSER3000 (Bachelor of Human Services)
  • Attend compulsory Pre-Placement Workshop: week of 23 July 2018
  • Commence Placement: 30 July 2018
  • Complete Placement: 19 October 2018
  • A minimum of 250 hours, 12 weeks (36 days), 3 days per week

Master of Counselling 

  • The placement component of the Master of Counselling program is undertaken through the 6 unit course COUN7020, a year-long course occurring over consecutive semesters
  • Students complete this placement course in the second year (or equivalent) of their program. Students are only able to undertake this placement course following successful completion of all first year courses and evidence of competency in basic counselling skills
  • Placements usually commence in February/March each year and finish in October/November. Students enrol in COUN7020 in semester 1 and semester 2.
  • Students complete a minimum of 182 placement hours (usually 2 days per week for 13 weeks) each semester
  • Students are required to attend a compulsory Pre-Placement Workshop in August of the year previous to undertaking placement

Deferring placement

If you wish to defer, or have deferred placement, please ensure that you contact the Field Education Unit at the start of the semester before you intend to go on placement.

Blue Card and immunisations

Please see the Field Placement Manuals for information about the Blue Card and Hepatitis B immunisations requirements.

Placement opportunities

Below are some of the fields that may be suitable for a social work, counselling and/or human services placement:

Category
Description
Aged
Non-government support services, residential facilities and HACC services for individuals aged 65 years and older.
NB: options are extremely limited in this category.
Alcohol & Drugs
Non-government support services for individuals and their families affected by drug and alcohol misuse/addiction. May include residential rehabilitation facilities.
Centrelink
Centrelink – placements based in offices with variety of opportunities depending on office – usually a combination of direct client work and a project / policy focus. 
NB: options are extremely limited in this category.
Child Protection
This includes foster care services in NGOs. It also includes Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services:  based in service centres working across variety of teams including intake and assessment, parenting under orders team, long term orders, foster carers etc. There is currently a centralised intake / interview process for some regions. 
Community Mental Health
Non-government services supporting a variety of clients and their carers/families with mental health issues and concerns.
Community Development
Non-government agencies with a ‘grass roots’ approach, often involving group and community level interactions rather than individual support models. This includes centre based work based in local communities e.g. neighbourhood centres.
Disability
Includes both government (Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services) and non-government services: providing supports to individuals with a disability, their families and carers (NB: primary disability is not a mental health diagnosis). Work ranges from children to adults depending on service.
Education
School or TAFE / University based support services – ranges from primary schools to tertiary facilities. NB: options are extremely limited in this category.
Family and Children
Non-government services that support children and families in a broad range of areas including parenting, welfare, housing and familial conflict issues.  Often working across diverse populations and cultures.
Housing
Government and non-government support services with predominant focus on homelessness and welfare. 
Indigenous
Range of non-government services providing a range of support options to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families (e.g. housing, welfare, education, parenting, mental health etc.)  NB: this category is different to multicultural.
International
Overseas based placements only available to final placement students who meet criteria for international placement (policy available on website). Usually based in Indonesia, Nepal & India. 
Rural & Remote
Placements of significant distance away from UQ and as such attendance on campus is not possible during placement (e.g. Cairns, Roma)   available to final placement students who meet criteria for rural and remote placement (policy available on website).  Usually in government agencies such as Qld Health, Child Safety etc. 
Legal
Non-government legal services with a focus on advocacy, information and advice to clients with a broad range of legal issues or concerns. NB: options are extremely limited in this category.
Local Government
Placements based with local city councils – focus on macro level work: policies, procedures, funding, grants and working with community partners.
Multicultural
Non-government support services working alongside diverse cultural groups on a range of issues including resettlement services, counselling, refugee support, advocacy and welfare. NB: this category is different to Indigenous
Policy & Research
Placement with sole focus on policy development and research on topics in the human services field (limited 1:1 work in this area), often consultative with groups and agencies.
Queensland Health & Hospitals
Government department: wide range of Qld Health run services including - aged care (acute/community), child & youth mental health (acute/community), adult mental health (acute/community), community health (acute/community), drug and alcohol (acute/community), child health (acute/community) and all inpatient health settings (e.g. hospital based with various focuses – oncology, surgical, maternity etc)
 
NB:  limited options for Human Services placements. There is currently a centralised intake / interview process for all regions/areas managed by a local Clinical Educator (employed by Queensland Health).   
 
Some opportunities also exist for placements in private hospitals for Social Work students.
Women’s Services
Non-government agencies providing services and supports exclusively for women (and children). These agencies often request female students only. Includes DV shelters/hostels and women’s health and wellbeing services.
Youth
Wide range of non-government services offering support to young people (usually aged between 12-25 years) across broad areas of need such as parenting, housing LGBTI, youth participation, drop in centres etc.
Youth Justice / Corrections
Department of Justice and Attorney-General:  responsible for statutory case management and community reintegration support for young offenders on orders/parole.  Includes court work. This may also include opportunities for placements in the area of corrections/recently released prisoners. N.B. placement options are extremely limited in these services.

Rural, remote, interstate and international placements

There are opportunities for students to complete their final placement in a rural/remote area, in another state of Australia, or even in another country. An application needs to be lodged with the Field Education Unit around the time that students are being interviewed for placements in the following semester. Emails will be sent out to all relevant students at this time, setting out the steps to take. Lodging an application does not guarantee that you will be accepted for a rural, remote, interstate or international placement. Certain travel requirements must be completed well in advance of the placement commencing:

Policies, procedures and forms

Contact

If you would like to make an enquiry please email fielded@uq.edu.au or phone (07) 3365 2462.