Co-curricular (Volunteer) Programs

Co-curricular Programs (Voluntary Workplace Activities that Support Community Health)

Synopsis

Voluntary Workplace Activities that Support Community Health is a co-curricular program. The aim of this not for credit program is to provide Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences students with voluntary workplace experience over and above the requirements of their courses.

Objectives

The program will develop students knowledge and skills:

  • through supervised practice in areas directly relevant to their course; or
  • by contributing to the delivery of services that promote health or ease suffering.

The program will also broaden students' personal and professional perspectives on social justice issues within the context of health services.

What are the eligibility requirements?

To be eligible, students must have completed 48 credit points in a course offered by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. Students must be currently enrolled in:

  • the second, third or fourth year of an undergraduate course (except MBBS & MD); or
  • a postgraduate diploma/certificate/masters course; or
  • the fifth year of the MBBS or MD program.

What do I need to do to undertake a co-curricular(volunteering) program?

To participate, students must submit a Co-curricular Application form at least a month before commencement of the program and are responsible for the following:

  • Ensure all your mandatory compliance requirements (police check, working with children check, immunisations) are up to date (if required for the program).
  • Arrange travel insurance if within Australia or for travel overseas look into the insurance provided by Monash Abroad.
  • Check the Monash Abroad website for information on scholarships and funding.
  • If the co-curricular program has not been developed by the School/Department the student will be required to develop a proposal and submit this along with the co-curricular application form to the course coordinator for approval.   Students must also arrange for the volunteering Agreement to be signed by the volunteering agency.

Students will be advised in writing of the outcome of their program.

What happens next?

Once approval has been granted you will be able to commence your volunteering program during the nominated period.

At the conclusion of your volunteering program you must:

  1. Provide a “Confirmation of completion” statement signed by the supervisor at the volunteering agency, stating that 30 hours of the volunteering activity has been completed.
  2. Submit a 500 word report of the experience to your course coordinator within 2 weeks of completing the volunteering activity

Your participation in Voluntary Workplace Activities that Support Community Health will be included on your Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement (AHEGS).

Further Information

Check your Moodle site for information or contact your School/Department: Course Contacts

Staff information

Procedures, insurance indemnity statements and letters  can be found on the staff intranet, Student Administration Procedures and Templates page (under Co-Curricular Procedure).