Placement is a transformative experience, where students learn to critically reflect and make links between the theoretical knowledge they gained in class and the real-life skills required to work in the industry as emerging professional practitioners.
Social Work/Human Services
Our social work students do 500 hours of placements and human services do 200-350 hours. This allows students to immerse themselves in the organisations and contribute significantly in the lives of their client groups.
Students gain opportunities to put theory into practice in community development, group work, policy, research and individual or family casework across the spectrum of the human services industry in government and non-government agencies.
Whether you’re interested in aged care, advocacy/legal, alcohol and other drugs, child protection, cultural diversity, disability, domestic violence, health, income support, Indigenous, intensive family support, LGBTIQ+, mental health or young people, your placement promises real world experience.
A major in Public Health means you’ll complete 180 hours of professional placement. This provides an opportunity to work alongside industry professionals and contribute to real projects—in metropolitan and regional areas in Queensland, or even overseas.
Learn to research and critically analyse a complex work-based healthcare problem; plan, design and execute a negotiated significant work-based program or project; demonstrate professional written, visual and oral presentation skills in the contexts of consulting and negotiating with stakeholders and communicating complex information — all skills to make you job ready!
Recently, our students have been placed with non-government organisations such as Cancer Council and the Heart Foundation, preventative health government departments, community and advocacy groups, and internationally with our partners in Vietnam, Cambodia, and India.
Our Health Management students have the opportunity for placement in their final semester. We work in partnership with organisations such as Queensland Health, international and domestic NGOs such as Red Cross, primary health networks, private health providers and NFPs, federal agencies such as Australian Digital Health Agency to provide students rich opportunities to make connections in real world settings.
Health Information Management
The Health Information Management (HIM) program at QUT combines course work and field education geared to develop effective and ethically responsible professionals who can apply disciplinary knowledge and theory in “real world” situations. Practical placements are a core and integral part of the overall HIM degree, allowing the student to put theory learned in the classroom into practice.
'I wanted to put theory into practice. QUT gave me that opportunity. I spent three weeks in Vietnam as part of my public health placement.'
- Sara Czubek (pictured at top of page)