This is the Clinical Placement system used by the Dietetics Program at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Once you have logged into Sonia Online, your School homepage will become active. From here you can access information relating to your Clinical Placement including:

  • your placement details
  • information for mandatory pre-clinical requirements/checks
  • electronic forms
  • reminders and important dates

On this page:

COVID-19 Infection and Exposure

Students are required to report any COVID infection and exposure that will impact attendance for placement, clinical laboratory or class. Please complete the self-selectable WIL COVID-19 Reporting form available under the Forms tab, once you have logged into Sonia Online.

Mandatory Checks

You need to ensure that you have completed the following mandatory checks by the deadline given by your Placement Officer and that they are valid for the duration of your placement.

UniSC has a responsibility to ensure all students comply with the mandatory checks (requirements) of placement sites and UniSC. It is essential that each student maintains their own personal process to manage paper and electronic documents associated with these checks. Many placement sites will ask to see hardcopy evidence of all checks on the first day of placement, so it is the responsibility of each student to be able to provide these on request. For additional information on how to complete each mandatory check, please click on the headings below which will direct you to any forms, websites, or other applicable information that you will need to complete the check. Once completed, please upload the relevant documentation to the 'Checks' tab in Sonia Online.

ALL STUDENTS

Blue Card

Apply for a new card or link your existing card to UniSC.

National Police Check - (Australian Federal Police - Purpose Check 37)

Police Check applications can take up to 6 weeks to be processed. NB. Only Australian Federal Police certificates with Purpose Type 37 are accepted.

PrePlace

PrePlace is a series of three module online program located on Canvas that you must complete once prior to your placement.

Enrolment to PrePlace is an automated process, so is directly related to your course enrolment. If you are not yet officially enrolled in a placement course, the auto process cannot be triggered. Once you enrol in your placement course the process will happen overnight and PrePlace will then be available to you.

UniSC Code of Conduct

To be eligible to attend placement, you must complete the UniSC Code of Conduct by reading the document and agreeing by submitting the electronic form. This is a per placement requirement.

UniSC Student Placement Agreement Forms

The Student Placement Agreement (SPA) consists of two mandatory electronic forms completed in your Sonia Online account before you attend your placement.
- Placement Disclosure Statement (Disclosing Health Conditions)
- Placement Details Agreement
Available 1–2 weeks prior to placement commencing (per placement requirement). You will receive an email when a Student Placement Agreement has been added to your Sonia Online > Forms.

Vaccination Evidence

All required vaccinations must be complete prior to placement. Vaccinations can take up to 12 months to complete the full vaccination courses.

ALL STUDENTS ATTENDING A QUEENSLAND HOSPITAL AND HEALTH SERVICE FACILITY

iLearn Training Modules

You must complete all 6 x iLearn modules. Please follow the instructions in the iLearn module FAQ to create an iLearn account. Once your account is confirmed, complete the required modules and upload each certificate into Sonia Online under the Checks tab.

Queensland Health Orientation Checklist and Queensland Health Student Deed Poll

A Queensland Health Student Orientation Checklist AND a Queensland Health Deed Poll must be completed for each placement. You will receive an email from the Fit for Placement team 2 weeks prior to your Qld Health Placement with instructions on how to complete these requirements and upload them into Sonia Online.

Respirator Fit Testing

It is a Queensland Government requirement that all students attending any placement in a health setting, clinical setting and residential aged care setting, are required to undertake respirator (mask) fit testing prior to commencing.

TB Risk Assessment

To be eligible for placement you must complete a QHealth TB Risk Assessment. If required, you also need to provide evidence of further testing.

SUNSHINE COAST HOSPITAL AND HEALTH SERVICE SITE SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS - all students attending SCHHS must complete all the above requirements and the below mentioned requirements

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

To be eligible to attend your placement, you are required to hold a current CPR certificate (Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation HLTAID009 with a Registered Training Organisation). You do not need First Aid.

SC-LOL Training Modules

You will receive an email from the Fit for Placement Office approximately 4 weeks prior to your start date of your Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service placement. This will include instructions on how to complete your SC-LOL Training Modules and your Student Minimum Requirements Form.

SOUTH WEST HOSPITAL AND HEALTH SERVICE (SWHHS)

SWHSS Pre-Placement Form

A SWHHS Pre-Placement form MUST be completed a minimum of 1 week prior to the commencement of your placement. Once completed and signed, forward this form, along with your vaccination evidence, to SWHHS_Student_Placements@health.qld.gov.au
You are also required to upload a copy of the completed form to Sonia Online as evidence you have fulfilled this check.

Annual Influenza Vaccination

Students attending a South West Hospital and Health Service (SWHHS) are required to have the current influenza vaccination.

OTHER SITE SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS

Annual Influenza Vaccination

Students allocated to certain sites will need to complete this check. Evidence of an annual influenza vaccination is required each year, when the new vaccine becomes available. This is usually in March or April. Please wait until the new strain is available each year before you have another vaccine.

COVID-19 Vaccination Evidence

Some placement host organisations may still require COVID-19 vaccination now or in the future. If you are not fully vaccinated, it is important to know that placement opportunities in this program may be limited.

Log into Sonia Online > Checks tab and follow the instructions to upload your COVID-19 vaccination evidence.

NDIS Worker Screening

Students attending a QLD Health facility for placement MAY be required to complete this requirement. You will be notified if you are required to complete this mandatory check.

PLEASE NOTE: You will be granted full access to Sonia Online, once you have been enrolled into your program.

Placement Calendars

Placements will be arranged in full-time blocks, students can review placement group dates and placement block periods for the academic year. This provides an overview of when students will be expected to be available for placement. It is important to note that holidays should not be booked within the placement block periods.

2024 UniSC Dietetics Placement Calendar (PDF 376 KB)

Contact us

If you require further information or assistance with submitting any of these mandatory checks, please contact the Fit For Placement Office.  Alternatively, if you have experienced extreme circumstances resulting in a delay to submit any of these mandatory checks by the due dates, please contact the Fit For Placement Office on the details below:

Fit For Placement Office
Building SD H1.G.66
Tel: +61 7 5456 5487
Email: FFPO@usc.edu.au  
 

Contact the Placement Office

Amanda Grant
Phone:  07 5430 1103
Email: SHSSPlacements@usc.edu.au

Aileen Spalding
Phone:  07 5456 3753
Email: SHSSPlacements@usc.edu.au

Placement Manual

Placement Manual (PDF 420 KB)

Uniforms

Dietetic students are required to wear a UniSC uniform to attend placement.

Announcements

Please Note

It is the responsibility of each student to ensure their mandatory documents are current and that the originals are available for sighting on request from UniSC or Placement Staff.

You may still need to check Canvas for additional information, and some facility information may be provided via additional emails. If you believe any of the content is incorrect please contact the placement coordinator.

Login to Sonia Online

To login to Sonia Online:

Select your role
(i.e. Student / Site / Supervisor)

  • Student: University Sign In
  • Site Contact: Username and Password
  • Supervisor: University Sign In (for UniSC employees), Username and Password (for external employees)

Sonia for Students App

Download the Sonia for Students App:

Apple iTunes for IOS
Google Play for Android

Sonia for Students App instructional video

Sonia Support

For technical support:

Email: USCSoniaSupport@usc.edu.au