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This is the Clinical Placement system used by the Pysiotherapy 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;
  • forms and information for mandatory pre-clinical requirements;
  • reminders and important dates;
  • electronic forms;
  • facility information;
  • selecting placement group preferences;
  • uploading and viewing pre-clinical documentation.

On this page:


Mandatory Checks

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

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.

If you require further information, assistance or 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 by emailing ffpo@usc.edu.au

Click on the appropriate buttons below to be directed to information relating to each specific check.

ALL STUDENTS

AHPRA

It is a legal requirement that enrolled physiotherapy students in Australia are registered by their university with the Australian Health Practitioner Agency (AHPRA). UniSC will automatically arrange your registration with AHPRA when you enrol in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) program. Student registration with AHPRA will be updated biannually for commencing and continuing students. You will receive notification via email when you have been registered with AHPRA.

Blue Card  

Apply for a new Blue Card, link your existing card to UniSC.

Carelever Health Compliance Record - Vaccinations 

All required vaccinations must be completed prior to placement. Vaccinations can take up to 12 months to complete the full vaccination courses. Upload evidence of vaccination compliance certificate obtained from Carelever Comply.

First Aid and CPR  

To be eligible to attend your placement, you are required to hold a current CPR and First Aid certificate.

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.

Influenza Vaccination  

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.

Level 1 Sports Trainer Course  

Provide evidence of completion of Level 1 Sports Trainer Course (SISSS0118). This must be obtained from a Registered Training Organisation. (Cost as per organisation).

Mental Health First Aid Courses  

Certificates are current for three years. You will be advised by your placement officer when to complete this course.

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.

NDIS Worker Screening Card  

To be eligible for placement you must hold a valid NDIS Worker Screening Card or valid Yellow Card.

QHealth TB Screening  

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

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.

Placement  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, available 1-2 weeks prior to placement commencing. You will receive an email when a Code of Conduct has been added to your Sonia Online > Forms.

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):
    Available within 8 weeks of the first group commencing (as per the placement calendar). Only one placement disclosure statement is required per enrolment.
  • Placement Details Agreement:
    Available 1–2 weeks before placement commencing (per placement requirement).

You will receive an email when a Student Placement Agreement has been added to your Sonia Online > Forms.

Queensland Health Pre-Placement Requirements  

To be eligible for a Queensland Health placement you must complete the following Queensland Health checks and iLearn training modules (iLearn User Guide):

- Queensland Health Orientation Checklist
- Queensland Health Student Deed Poll
- Queensland Health Allied Health Training Record

You will be notified by the Placement Officer if you are required to complete these mandatories.

ALL STUDENTS ATTENDING A HOSPITAL AND HEALTH SERVICE

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.

SUNSHINE COAST HOSPITAL AND HEALTH SERVICE SITE SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS

All students attending SCHHS must complete all of the above requirements as well as the following additional requirements:

SCHHS Site Specific Pre-Placement Requirements  

Students attending a Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service facility will need to complete all Student Minimum Pre-Placement Requirements which are SCHHS site specific checks and the SC-Learning on Line (SC-LoL) training modules. You will be notified by the Fit for Placement Office if you are required to complete these mandatories. You must complete and print all documents and take to your first day of placement. Failure to have these documents will result in you being removed from placement.

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.

METRO NORTH HOSPITAL AND HEALTH SERVICE SITE SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS

All students attending MNHHS must complete all of the above requirements as well as the following additional requirements:

MNHHS Site Specific Pre-Placement requirements  

Students attending a Metro North Hospital and Health Service facility will need to complete all Student Pre-Placement Requirements which are MNHHS site specific checks. You will be notified by the Fit for Placement Office if you are required to complete these mandatories. Once completed you must upload the documents to Sonia Online via a form and print all documents and take to your first day of placement. Failure to have these documents will result in you being removed from placement.

OTHER SITE SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS

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.

POST PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS

Clinical Experience Log

This is a per placement requirement. This will be added to your Sonia Online > Forms.

Clinical Placement Quality Survey

This is a per placement requirement to be completed after every placement to ensure placement quality. This will be added to your Sonia Online > Forms.

Reflection Survey

The following survey is designed to assist your reflection on learning, experience and performance on physiotherapy clinical placements. This survey must be completed within one week of completing clinical placement and should guide your revision, preparation and planning for subsequent clinical placements. This is a per placement requirement. This will be added to your Sonia Online > Forms.

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

If you require further information or assistance with submitting any of these mandatory checks please contact the Fit For Placement Office on the details below:

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

Contact the Placement Office

Caitlin Finger
Phone:  07 5456 3565
Email: TechOpsWil@usc.edu.au
In person: H1 Ground Floor, Reception (H1.G.66)

TBA
Phone:  07 TBA
Email: TechOpsWil@usc.edu.au


Student Responsibilities

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.


Placement Calendar

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.


Uniforms

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


Canvas

Access to Canvas


PebblePad

Access to PebblePad


Announcements

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