Preparing for placement

  • Important information you will need to know to start your placement.

    Getting to the RCH

    • Public transport
    • Parking
    • Bike parking/ facilities  
      The Royal Children's Hospital has a secure bike storage facility with 500 spaces and access to change room facilities. The bike storage facility can be accessed via Flemington Road and is located in the East Building, Lower Ground.
      All RCH staff can access the bike storage facility using their security ID card.
      University of Melbourne Department of Paediatric staff can request access to the bike storage facility by contacting Paula O'Malley or Jacqui Burnheim.
      MCRI staff can request access to the bike storage facility by contacting MCRI Human Resources. 
      Bike storage racks, reserved for visitors to the hospital, are located near the Emergency entrance to the hospital.
      Bikes should not be chained to seating, railings or other fittings around the hospital grounds.

    Around the RCH

    • Wards
    • Library
    • Health Education and Learning Precinct
      The Health Education and Learning Precinct, developed in collaboration with the University of Melbourne Department of Paediatrics, features a variety of learning and education spaces just like this for paediatric students, researchers and staff.
      This learning space is equipped with digital projectors and computer facilities to provide a versatile training and educational facility. Interstitial doors can be opened to provide a larger space
    • Map 

    Essential paperwork

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

    • Police & Working With Children Checks(Please refer to your university clinical office who will help you with the application process)
      • All students must hold a current National Police Check (dated the same year as their clinical placement) and a current Working with Children Check for their clinical placement.  It is the responsibility of the University and students to ensure that prior to the commencement of placements that all students hold a current Working with Children Check and a current Police Check, and either sign and returning the University Declaration to the Administration Supervisor (for nursing students) or present the original certificates to their supervisor ON DAY 1 of their placement.  Any positive Police Checks must be disclosed to the university and clinical supervisor prior to the placement commencing.
      • It is the responsibility of the University to advise students to carry their Police Check and Working with Children Check on them at all times of their clinical placement.
      • If a current Police Check or Working with Children Check is not held by the student, then they will be refused attendance at their clinical placement at The Royal Children's Hospital until they are able to provide both checks to their supervisor.
    • The RCH emergency contact form 
    • Hand hygiene certificate - Complete the appropriate online learning package to gain your certificate. 
    • Privacy and confidentiality agreement 

    Preparing for practice

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

    • Be prepared - have a good understanding of the situation and gather as much information as possible. E.g. read the Unit Record; speak to other professionals involved; know the names of the parents and patient; know the medical condition of the child; organise an interpreter if required.
    • Know your role - negotiate with your supervisor prior to meeting the family what your role and responsibilities will be: e.g. are you there to observe, should you contribute etc.
    • Be respectful - Demonstrate respect and give your full attention in the meeting. Be aware of how your presentation, (Nonverbal behaviours) is perceived by others.
    • Have a purpose - So that you can feel confident in the questions you ask; know what information you are trying to retrieve and what you can offer the family; don't feel embarrassed if you don't know the answer or feel that the topic requires a higher level of experience/knowledge - let them know you will find out and then check with your supervisor. 
    • Be honest - introduce yourself as a student and don't be offended if the family would prefer to work with a qualified professional. This is a teaching hospital and most of our famlies are aware of that.
    • Respect confidentiality and privacy - read, understand and sign the confidentiality and privacy agreement given to you at the beginning of your placement. Close the curtains or doors when discussing personal information with families; utilise private spaces where required and possible and obtain consent to share personal information with other agencies.

    Professional behaviour

    Please see the  professional conduct module.

    Attendance and absenteeism

    • Students are to notify their supervisor immediately if they are unable to attend their placement for any reason, or if they will be late arriving to their shift.
    • Upon continuation of their clinical placement, the student should provide to the supervisor, either a medical certificate or statutory declaration explaining their absence if longer than 1 day.
    • It is not appropriate to ask another person to notify your supervisor on your behalf.


    It is the responsibility of each student to ensure that they have obtained all necessary vaccinations prior to their placements.
    It is the responsibility of the University to advise a student of RCH's recommended immunisation requirements.

    Please see  infection control in the Proceedures module.