Why undertake placement in rural Tasmania?
Tasmania is an extraordinary location for health students to complete their professional experience placement (PEP). Not only will you learn in real-world settings, you will have some of the most unique destinations in the world available at your door step.
The Cradle Mountain wilderness experience is only 1½ hours drive from either Burnie or Latrobe – two locations where there are major hospitals who host students for placement. There are also mountain bike and walking trails, world-class beaches, as well as Tassie’s globally recognised fine foods and produce.
The University of Tasmania supports health students who undertake PEP in our rural areas. We have accommodation and people on the ground (Whole of Community Facilitators) who can engage with students to ensure they get the most out of their placement, both professionally and socially.
Have you confirmed your placement?
Interstate students are required to source and confirm their professional experience placement and location in Tasmania. When your placement is confirmed with your university and placement provider, please contact us.
How we can support your placement in Tasmania
The University of Tasmania provides free accommodation (subject to availability) for rural professional experience placements.
If you are going on placement in a rural area and require accommodation, please complete the online booking form and our accommodation manager will approve or decline your request – based on availability.
For more information, please read the Accommodation FAQs or take a virtual tour of the accommodation before you arrive.
From time to time a small rural placement allowance may be available – you will be advised if this is possible.
Whole of Community Facilitators
There may be a local Whole of Community (WOC) Facilitator who can be a point of contact for you whilst in Tasmania. They can link you up with other health students who may be on placement in the same area, engage you in interprofessional learning opportunities and just be a familiar face for you while you are away from home if you need it.
Find out who your local WOC Facilitator is on the Whole of Community Facilitators page.
Connect with other Health Students
Being on placement can be a daunting experience if you are away from home, family, friends and familiar surroundings. This can especially be true in a more rural or remote setting.
You can become a member of the National Rural Health Student Network (NTHSN) and connect with other health students in rural and remote Australia. Watch the YouTube clip on the NRHSN website under the About Us tab. Tasmania’s NRHSN is Rustica, and you can join to connect with other health students, make friends and have fun. When you stay in UTAS shared accommodation there are also great opportunities to connect with other College of Health and Medicine students from Tasmania and also students from interstate universities.
Get connected, stay connected and make the most of your rural PEP.