The Australian Catholic University (ACU), Faculty of Health Sciences, runs Australia’s largest Nursing and Midwifery School, as well as Exercise Science, Physiotherapy, Paramedicine, and Occupational Therapy, with campuses in three states and one territory. ACU manages all forms of work placement and work-integrated learning with InPlace.
Connecting learning with practice through work-integrated learning and Clinical Placement experience is central to the ACU education model, and a key focus of the Faculty both in terms of quality of learning and management of costs. After an extensive review of available software solutions, the ACU Faculty of Health Sciences in concert with other Faculties selected InPlace in 2014. The ACU team with assistance from QuantumIT implemented InPlace university-wide and throughout Melbourne, Ballarat, Sydney, Canberra, and Brisbane campuses.
Joanne Cameron, Faculty of Health Sciences, National Clinical Coordinator was a key stakeholder in the process noted.
“InPlace has a huge amount of functionality that is helping us automate so much of our administrative work. It was really important to us that we implemented a system that would help us manage the workload of thousands of placements across the disciplines and campuses in the Health Faculty. Our staff work under intense pressure to organise and track placements for so many students, having a system there that manages all of the communications and reporting whilst reducing the workload for our placement teams will transform our business. At any time and in one place, I can see immediately how many placements we need, what we are doing to source those required and the status of the students who need to be assigned to places. The automated allocation tool alone will save us hundreds of hours every year whilst helping get an optimum match between students and placements.”
The InPlace platform is noted as a critical enabler of growth. Using InPlace, they can respond faster and more accurately when managing placements – a win for the student, the hospitals and the university.
With InPlace, we can confidently help thousands of students gain the correct clinical experience every year, so both they and we have the confidence that they are fully compliant to graduate into their career.
Patrick Player, Associate Director, Student Systems
A whitepaper ‘The future of learning is in the workplace’ and the ACU InPlace case study was conducted in 2019.
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