Health Sciences fieldwork

During fieldwork you learn by putting your professional role, knowledge and skills into practice in authentic work settings. You engage with people from diverse backgrounds and learn about the roles of others that you may work alongside in the future.

Fieldwork is an integral component of most, but not all, health science courses. Fieldwork may include:

  • practical work placements
  • participation in laboratories and simulations
  • site visits and field trips
  • study tours
  • work experience
  • camps and excursions.

A high proportion of the fieldwork activities are undertaken in partnership with other organisations and are designed to meet the requirements of the course, often set by the accrediting body for that course. As a student you must satisfactorily complete all fieldwork activities, pass assessment requirements and demonstrate attributes associated with professional conduct.

These experiences are usually in the metropolitan area but may include rural or overseas placements. Settings include hospitals, residential care facilities, community health services, private businesses and clinics where you’ll deliver health and social services to the community, skills laboratories, government and non-government organisations, sporting facilities, schools, and local councils.

Through these, and other authentic practical experiences offered at Curtin, you’ll learn from staff, industry and community role models, clients, patients and their carers.

Fieldwork advice and resources

In the field, you will be representing yourself, your course or chosen profession, and Curtin University. You are expected to demonstrate professional attitudes and behaviour at all times.

As a student, you must satisfactorily complete all fieldwork activities, pass assessment requirements and demonstrate attributes associated with professional conduct. To facilitate this, you should refer to your unit outline, Blackboard and the fieldwork manual, and read the important information on essential fieldwork requirements.

Useful resources


Clinical practice with Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine

Learn about the specific fieldwork requirements and support for Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine.