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Expanding the clinical placement capacity of rural hospitals in Australia: Displacing Peta to place Paul?

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posted on 2023-05-17, 15:25 authored by Anthony Barnett, Walker, LE, Jacob, E, Missen, K, Dorothy CrossDorothy Cross, Shahwan-Akl, L
Summary In order to identify opportunities to build capacity for clinical placements, we mapped and described the organisation of student placements at three hospitals, each with multiple education providers, in rural Victoria, Australia. Using a cross-sectional, mixed method design, data were collected by survey, interviews and discussion with student placement coordinators representing 16 clinical health disciplines. Teaching and supporting students was regarded as an important part of the service each hospital provided and a useful staff recruitment strategy. There were peaks and troughs in student load over the year, though this was less marked for medicine and dentistry than for nursing and allied health disciplines. Whilst placements were managed largely on a discipline basis, each hospital had taken steps to communicate information about student placements across disciplines and to identify opportunities for interprofessional education (IPE). Placement capacity could be increased by sharing placement data within hospitals, smoothing the utilisation patterns across the year, capitalising on opportunities for IPE when there is concurrent placement of students from different disciplines, and through better employment of underutilised clinical areas.


Publication title

Nurse Education Today










School of Health Sciences


Churchill Livingstone

Place of publication

The Blvd, Langford Ln, Kidlington, OX5 1GB, UK

Rights statement

Copyright 2011 Elsevier Ltd.

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  • Restricted

Socio-economic Objectives

Rural and remote area health

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