Work experience

Each program offers specialist professional placement courses (Clinical Experience).

Key Features of the Clinical Experience

Clinical  experience is a structured component of the undergraduate course that is given  direction through the use of learning contracts, portfolios and the novice to  expert model of clinical skill development.

The entire program acknowledges the  3 "R"s of clinical education:

Responsibility – on the part of the  university, student and supervising radiographers that certain learning objectives will be achieved - accountability
Recognition – by all concerned with  the process of the   rights of the student as a learner & a beginning  practitioner and   the rights of the patient to be informed
Reflection – by the student and  radiographer thinking   about why I am doing what I am doing "in  action" and after the action   (student) and thinking about my performance  (student) & thinking   about how my instructional and supervisory techniques & method of   feedback is affecting student learning (radiographer)

Students  undertake blocks of clinical experience of between 4 and 5 weeks in each  semester of each year of the course. Strong emphasis is   placed upon integrating  the academic units studied on campus with aspects of clinical practice  designated for study during the clinical rotation. Each rotation students  complete Learning Contracts for the  Development of Clinical Competence in particular aspects of  radiographic practice depending upon the year level. Workbooks requiring  students to write reflective case reports and log entries together with  Clinical Skills' Assessments based upon   the novice to expert model of clinical  skill development provide evidence of successful completion of the contracts.  As well, the completion of Professional  Development Contracts & Self Assessment Exercises Action Plans facilitate the development of generic professional skills the role of the  radiographer in the wider clinical setting.
As part of its  commitment to Quality Clinical Education, the department produces and provides  a manual and explanatory materials for radiographers involved in the clinical  education of students. The department has produced a video – Supporting the  Beginning Radiographer, which has been distributed to all clinical departments associated with the course. The department also convenes regular clinical  workshops for radiographers.