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Health students skill up with on-the-job training

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For health sciences students, the chance to work with patients is invaluable. At Curtin University, students are not only getting the opportunity to improve their healthcare skills but also to have a greater impact on the community.

Photo: City of Cockburn

Curtin has partnered with the City of Cockburn to secure a 20-year lease at the GP Super Clinic in the new Cockburn Integrated Health and Community facility. It will allow students to work alongside health professionals to improve health outcomes for the Cockburn community.

The student-led clinic will provide people who suffer from chronic conditions assistance in managing their condition. Students will work collaboratively with other health professionals and the client to develop a comprehensive client-centered treatment plan. There will be emphasis on self-management, by providing clients with the skills to manage their condition long term and achieve their personal goals.


Photo: City of Cockburn


The clinic will offer healthcare services for the greater Cockburn community and also provide supervised training for future health professionals.

Health Sciences Interprofessional Practice Coordinator Peter Harvey says the partnership will greatly benefit students wanting to practice their skills in a real-life setting.

“It provides students a great opportunity to work with a range of qualified health professionals in an outpatient setting, with the aim of providing evidence-based primary healthcare,” Peter says.

“Students will be working with the residents in the community. This will provide students with hands-on experience to improve their skills and knowledge, enabling them to become better healthcare practitioners.

“It also exposes students  to people who have a variety of conditions, who are young and old, as well as allowing them to work together, with industry, to improve client health outcomes as a team,” he explains.

Students will work collaboratively with a range of health professionals such as occupational therapists, physiotherapist and nurses, and fellow students from a variety of disciplines, to enable them to expand their skills and knowledge of the health industry as well as their discipline field.

“There will be the opportunity for students from all areas of Curtin to be involved such as medical imaging students, marketing, finance and media;, all of whom can assist in the  creation of a fantastic interprofessional experience,“ Peter says.

Curtin’s contribution to the clinic will be used for developing additional services for the community and further education for staff at the clinic.

“Students will identify areas of ‘unmet need’ within the community and develop evidence-based health programs to fill these gaps.”



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  1. samuel kimaro says:

    I am a radiographer .please I want to be trained in imagines and imagine …how can I apply …I am working Tanzania as radiographer

  2. mohamad shafiee says:

    hi Dear,

    i’m writing to you because i have been interested to apply as nurse practitioner in your university and also i have some questions if it is possible. first of all, i want to know whether i can apply or not since i have bachelor degree of operating room ( theater nurse) and i have been working for 3 years in hospitals. But the word “Nurse” has not mentioned on my graduate degree in spite of i am member of Nurse Organisation in my country. let me know if there was possibility to apply as nurse practitioner in your university for 1 year course. i live in Iran and i have graduated in the one of the best medical universities here ( Tehran medical science university).

    Yours sincerely.

    • Curtin University says:

      Hi Mohamad, please contact our International Office on + 61 8 9266 7331 or + 61 8 9266 2431 or via our enquiry form for assistance. – Emily

  3. Silvia Piviali says:

    Dear Mr Evans, I have tried emailing and calling you, but there is no listed number for you and switchboard couldn’t place me through to your phone.
    I am a student of MMedSono and I was very interested in somehow trying to participate in some work experience within this new GP Super Clinic down in Gateways.
    Is there someone who could assist me with this? Who is operating the Radiology service? SKG?
    With thanks

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