Pre-Clinical Student Information

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Preparing for Clinical placement

Important information you need to know to start your placement.

Central Gippsland Health Service (CGHS) is the major health provider within the Wellington Shire which has a total population of approximately 42,000. The health service has acute campuses at Sale, Maffra and Heyfield; community and home support services are provided throughout the Shire of Wellington (with the exception of Yarram and District) with centres in Maffra, Sale, Heyfield, Rosedale and Loch Sport; and residential aged care services at Sale, Maffra and Heyfield.

The aim of the CGHS clinical placement program is to provide a positive learning culture within a variety of settings which include acute, community and aged care. The clinical environment will provide the learner opportunities to consolidate theoretical and practical skills.

At this organisation we are keen for you to succeed and we hope you may wish to come back as future employees.

Getting to Central Gippsland Health Service

Public Transport

Trains & buses – Public transport, via the Gippsland line, is available 7 days per week.

Timetables and fare costs can be accessed via the following link http://www.vline.com.au

Taxis – Taxi services are available 24 hours per day in Maffra and Sale.   Phone: (03)5144 3278

Credit cards are accepted.   There is an 8-seater taxi available.


There is no charge for parking in the designated parking spaces for staff and students at CGHS.

Sale Campus – 155 Guthridge Parade
Sale campus has a large car parking area for staff and students available on Palmerston Street.

Maffra Campus – 48 Kent Street
Maffra campus has car parking spaces for staff and students at the rear of the hospital on Alfred Street.

Heyfield Campus -14 Licola Road
Heyfield campus has car parking spaces for visitors, staff and students that can be accessed from Licola road.

There are also car parking spaces available at our community campuses: Loch Sport and Rosedale.

Essential paperwork

The following items MUST be brought on day 1 of your placement or you will be unable to commence your placement.

  • Police & Working With Children Checks

All students must have a current National Police Check (dated the same year as their clinical placement) and a current Working with Children Card for sighting on their first day of clinical placement.  Any positive Police Checks must be disclosed to the Manager Learning Services prior to the placement commencing in order to determine suitability of placement.

Students must be able to produce their Police Checks and Working With Children Card whilst on clinical placement at all times.

If a current Police Check or Working with Children Check is not presented by the student on day one, they will be unable to commence clinical placement at Central Gippsland Health Service until they are able to provide both checks to their clinical supervisor.

  • Statutory Declarations

All students who have resided overseas for more than 12 months in the past 10 years must complete a statutory declaration stating they have never, in Australia or another country, been convicted of murder or sexual assault, or convicted of, and sentenced to imprisonment for, any other form of assault.

  • National Board Registration

All students that are enrolled in an approved program of study, or who are undertaking clinical training, must be registered as a student with the respective National Board e.g. AHPRA.  Each student must be able to produce evidence of registration and personal professional indemnity insurance, as required.


Preparing for Practice

In order to get the most out of your placement at CGHS it is important to:

Be Prepared

Prepare your clinical objectives prior to placement and understand as much information as possible. E.g. read up on the theory and clinical skills that you need to consolidate; find out the type of clinical area that you are going to; know some medical conditions that you may come across.

Be Professional

Work in a responsible, reliable and dependable manner. Treat other health professionals and students with respect and courtesy at all times.

Project a positive professional self-image in the way you act, dress, and speak.

Students should always be dressed in clean, well-maintained clothing which provides appropriate coverage and allows for the requirements of their role.  Low-cut tops, bare midriffs and low-cut pants are not acceptable.

Student uniform requirements must adhere to the guidelines set out by the Education Provider, and adhere to CGHS Policy and Procedures.

•Demonstrate Respect

Be respectful at all times.  Give your full attention in all meetings that you are present. Be aware of how your presentation is perceived by others – including non-verbal behaviours.

•Have a Purpose

If you understand what your purpose is you can feel more confident in asking questions; this will enable you to learn more whilst on clinical placement. Don't feel embarrassed if you do not know everything or feel that the topic is beyond your level of experience or knowledge - let them know you would like to find out more and then follow up.

Be Responsible

Clearly introduce yourself as a student and afford the opportunity for the patient decline that you perform a procedure. Don’t be offended if the patient or family would prefer a qualified health professional.

Take responsibility for the physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing of yourself and your fellow co-workers.

Respect Confidentiality and Privacy

Ensure the curtains or doors are closed when performing procedures or discussing personal information with patients; utilise private areas, if required.

CGHS has a strict Social Media Policy. The potential scope and ramifications of a breach of privacy or confidentiality when using social media can be severe. Access to social media websites for private or business usage must not compromise or impact on resident or patient care. Students must maintain professional boundaries in the use of social media and keep personal and professional lives separate as far as possible.  Online relationships with current or former healthcare consumers must be avoided.

Read, understand and sign the confidentiality agreement given to you at the beginning of each clinical placement.

  • Maintain Professional Boundaries

Professional boundaries are integral and refer to the clear separation that exists between the health professional and the patient.  Professional boundaries are integral to a good practitioner–patient relationship. They promote good patient care and aim to protect both parties.

Best practice ensures:

  • Maintaining professional boundaries and seeking support and guidance from professional leaders when experiencing concerns related to boundaries in therapeutic relationships.
  • Refraining from expressing racist, sexist, homophobic, ageist and other prejudicial and discriminatory attitudes, and behaviours towards co-workers, persons in their care and their partners, family and friends.
  • Not imposing one’s personal beliefs in a way that may exploit another person’s vulnerability.


CGHS recommends that all students are immunised according to the Department of Health guidelines for health care workers. It is the responsibility of the student and the Education Provider to ensure health care students are adequately immunised, prior to placement.


There is limited student accommodation available at CGHS. All booking and enquiries are managed through the Monash Rural School of Health by ringing (03) 51438500.  

Alternatively there are a number of accommodation options in the area that include caravan parks, motels and hotels. The link below will take you to a list of accommodation options in the Sale Community area.


Attendance & Absences

All students are required to attend all rostered days and be punctual for their shifts.

Students are to notify their clinical supervisor and their tertiary institute if they are unable to attend their placement for any reason, or if they will be late arriving to their shift, as soon as possible.

Upon continuation of their clinical placement, the student will be required to provide a medical certificate or statutory declaration to their clinical supervisor, explaining their absence.

•It is not appropriate to ask another student to notify the clinical supervisor on your behalf.

Contacting us about your clinical placement

If you have any questions or need to contact us about your clinical placement please ring or email the education department, Learning Services, at CGHS.

Telephone: (03) 51438511

Email: studentplacements@cghs.com.au