The Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) is committed to providing clinical placement opportunities for undergraduate students who are enrolled in a degree of Paramedical Science, or similar, with any one of the partnering Universities from across the state. As part of their degree studies, students are required to complete a number of weeks of clinical placement with a qualified Advanced Care Paramedic to reinforce their studies and skills acquired as part of their degree.
Partnering Universities currently include:
- Australian Catholic University
- Central Queensland University
- Queensland University of Technology
- University of Queensland (No new enrolments from 2015 – course transitioning to University of Southern Queensland)
- University of the Sunshine Coast
- University of Southern Queensland
- Griffith University
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All students must complete an orientation before commencing a clinical placement within the QAS. Once this is done, the clinical placement orientation checklist must be signed and given to the University Placement Coordinator or your Work Integrated Learning Unit.
QAS reserves the right to request proof of the completed orientation at any time. The placement coordinator must advise the QAS if a student has not completed the orientation as they will not be able to start their placement until this is done.
The QAS may use any information concerning your placement for the purposes of assessing your suitability for future employment.
QAS mandatory requirements
Students must complete all the QAS mandatory requirements prior to being approved by QAS for clinical placement.
The mandatory requirements are:
- QAS medical assessment (including mandatory vaccination & immunisation requirements)
- Blue card
- Clinical placement orientation checklist and associated reading.
All Undergraduate students are required to undertake a medical assessment with the QAS approved medical provider, Sonic Health Plus.
Prior to the medical assessment, you are required to complete Part 1 of the Medical Assessment Form only (link above). The form is to be signed by you in the presence of the Sonic Health Plus Doctor performing Part 2 of the medical assessment. The declaration on the final page will also be completed by the Sonic Health Plus Doctor.
To make an appointment with Sonic Health Plus, please contact 1300 763 822. You will need to quote Client ID 651731 and state which job you are applying for (i.e. Graduate Paramedic – Clinical Placement).
If you have a significant injury or illness post your medical assessment you will need to complete a Supplementary Medical Assessment through a Sonic Health Plus Clinic. This result will need to be supplied to your university before undertaking a placement with QAS. Please discuss any concerns with your university Clinical Placement Coordinator / Work Integrated Learning Unit.
Blue cards are issued by the Public Safety Business Agency in Queensland. You must apply for your Blue Card through your university.
Prior to placement, all students must read the following documents relating to Workplace Health and Safety, Code of Conduct and Privacy, Confidentiality and Documentation.
Once undertaken you must complete the clinical placement orientation checklist and provide a copy to your University Placement Coordinator/ Work Integrated Learning Unit.
Workplace Health and Safety
This document will be replaced with an online learning module in 2015.
Code of Conduct
The Code of Conduct for the Queensland Public Service (the Code) provides a framework for ethical leadership and decision making. It reflects the minimum standards of behaviour and ethical responsibilities for all public sector personnel and volunteers while operating as a public official (including students participating in a clinical placement). It is important to familiarise yourself and comply with the requirements of the Code at all times during your clinical placement.
The Code of Conduct contains four ethics principles and their associated set of values are prescribed in the Public Sector Ethics Act 1994. It also contains the standards of conduct for each of these ethics principles. The ethics principles are:
- Integrity and impartiality.
- Promoting the public good.
- Commitment to the system of government.
- Accountability and transparency.
Please read the Code of Conduct for more information.
Privacy, confidentiality and documentation
Patient trust is critical to providing high quality healthcare. As a student, you will have access to identifying information and QAS places a very high importance on maintaining patient confidentiality and protecting their privacy.
The Queensland Right to Information Act 2009 (Qld) sets out access and amendment provisions for non-personal information held by Queensland Government departments.
QAS is bound by strict obligations in relation to the disclosure of patient identifying information. For more information, refer to Part 7 of the Ambulance Service Act 1991.
Good clinical documentation is an integral part of patient care. Further information will be provided to you by your QAS supervisor when you start your placement.
Last updated 25 May 2017