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Professional Experience Placements (PEP) in New South Wales are managed by the NSW PEP Team. Within the College of Health and Medicine, we are unique as we are the only PEP Team working across three schools: School of Health Sciences, School of Medicine and School of Nursing.

Our key local courses are undergraduate nursing and paramedicine; and post-graduate child and family health nursing. We also place laboratory medicine students from Tasmania throughout NSW and provide opportunities for selected nursing students to attend placement in regional NSW. International paramedic student placements are coordinated through our office. We also provide advice to our Tasmanian colleagues regarding NSW placements.

In line with College of Health and medicine processes and procedural guidelines, we ensure all students are safe to enter the practice environment, are placed according to curriculum requirements, and are supported in accordance with accreditation guidelines. We welcome all feedback from students, staff and industry partners to continually improve the placement experience for all stakeholders.

We can be contacted at:

Therese Toohey
NSW Professional Experience Placement Coordinator

My role is to manage and oversee the delivery of professional experience placement to College of Health and Medicine students in NSW. Being up to date with curriculum requirements and partner policies means that accurate advice regarding placement process can be given to staff, students and industry partners. In depth knowledge of student placement processes, administration, policy, procedure, expectations and regulatory requirements ensures students receive appropriate placements. A key component in to successfully managing placements is to ensure close relationships with industry partners.

I have worked as a Registered Nurse in a range of health environments in Australia and the United Kingdom, including public, private facilities, research and community health. I also have a Masters in Adult Education, which together with my experience within the health industry contributes significantly in understanding the importance of PEP from the perspective of all stakeholders.

It is important to me that professional experience placement provides a quality learning experience that allows students to develop and consolidate their practice in an environment where they are safe and supported.

Jann Schwensen
NSW Senior Immunisation Nurse

My role is to ensure all students attending professional experience placement meet University of Tasmania and industry partner vaccination compliance requirements. This is in accordance with course accreditation guidelines, industry partner mandatory requirements and University of Tasmania policy and procedure. Through the university’s placement system, InPlace, advice is provided to students regarding their vaccination records. I also liaise with NSW Health to ensure students are compliant within their placement system - ClinConnect. I keep up to date with industry and national vaccination guidelines related to infectious diseases and vaccinations, to ensure contemporary information is provided to students in a timely manner.

I have worked as a Registered Nurse in Sydney and London, in a variety of clinical and non -clinical roles and settings including public and private hospitals, health care agencies, universities and private companies. As a Clinical Nurse Specialist, I worked in haematology, oncology, palliative care and community health. As well as working as the NSW Senior Immunisation Advisor for the College of Health and Medicine, I also work as a PEP Facilitator.

PEP is integral to students’ development as a health care professional. Of equal importance to me, is students have met all vaccine preventable diseases requirements to be ‘safe to practice’ on PEP and remain ‘safe in practice’.

Esther Marembo
NSW Field Work Coordinator

My role is to liaise with Professional Experience Placement (PEP) facilitators/preceptors and industry partners pre, during and post placement to ensure current and accurate course information is provided to all stakeholders and professional experience placements meet the learning and assessment requirements of students. I provide key information to students during placement periods and problem solve placement issues by working with industry partners, facilitators and unit coordinators. I also initiate, receive and action feedback from all stakeholders related to student PEP.

Since leaving Zimbabwe, I have studied in both England and Australia. Prior to commencing work as a facilitator, my main area of clinical practice was mental health. I have also worked on various research projects.

PEP is where students get hands on experience of the real working environment. It is important to me that students’ access high quality professional experience placements to adequately prepare them for their chosen career path.

Tony Cai
NSW Professional Experience Placement Officer

My role is to assist the PEP Coordinator and the NSW PEP Team provide placement administrative services, advice and guidance to students, staff and industry partners. A key responsibility is ensuring student placement data are accurate within InPlace I respond to students’ email, phone calls and face to face enquires.

Prior to this role, I have worked as an administrative officer for the School of Health Science at the University or Tasmania. I also draw from my previous diverse roles as a Learning and Development trainer for a government organisation and as an accountant for a private firm, to ensure the placement experience for students is timely, effective and efficient.

I believe a student’s placement experience plays a significant role in their success as a professional in their field, and I enjoy working with students and staff to ensure the correct information is provided in an appropriate manner.

Ivan Kan
Darlinghurst Administrative Officer

My role as Administrative Officer is to provide administrative support to academic staff and students at the School of Nursing’s Darlinghurst Campus in Sydney. In addition to those duties, I assist the School’s Professional Experience Placement team to ensure smooth operations for student placement.

I hold a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management and have extensive experience working in Australia, Hong Kong and China across media, hospitality and retail operations.

I’m focused on providing the best possible service levels to our staff and students – it’s a privilege to help support the next generation of health professionals in their studies.