Student placement FAQ’s



Cerebral Palsy Alliance provides services to children and adults with disabilities and their families across the state of NSW.  Your placement location will depend on where you live and the course you are studying.

The minimum age for a student on placement is 16 years of age at the time of the placement.

Students may be required to meet with their supervisor prior to commencement of the placement to complete necessary checks, documentation and establish learning goals.  Sometimes all of this can be completed online. In this case, the need to meet prior to the placement will depend on the individual supervisor.

All students are required to complete:

  • CPA Student Registration Form.
  • Criminal Record Check
  • Working with Children Check
  • 100 points of identification

Yes.  Your supervisor will orientate you to the work site on your first day.  They have an induction checklist for all student placements that must be completed.

CPA will inform you of all safety requirements at that particular work site.

A qualified CPA staff member with the appropriate skills to meet your learning needs.  Students on work experience from secondary schools and vocational institutions will usually be buddied up with a staff member who will work alongside them to demonstrate the skills and assist them to perform the tasks required.

The Student Coordinator will make the placement arrangements with your supervisor and may be involved in the initial meeting but will not be your direct supervisor.

As a student on placement you are covered by CPA’s Insurance.  Most schools, colleges and universities also provide insurance cover for their student while on external placements.

To attend placement at the agreed times and keep a log of your hours.

To notify your supervisor if you are unable to attend for any reason

To follow the policies and procedures of the organisation.

You can wear neat casual clothes that allow you to perform your tasks comfortably.

Closed toed shoes must be worn on all CPA work sites.

If your university or college has a uniform T-shirt you can wear that to your placement.

Scholarships will be offered to students in their 3rd year of undergraduate study, or first year of Master’s study, for clinical placement to be undertaken in the final year of study at a CPA Therapy Centre.  Currently scholarships are available in the disciplines of Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Speech Pathology with Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s preferred Universities.

Scholarships involve a rigorous application process to a panel, comprising university personnel, the relevant clinical consultant and the student coordination manager. Scholarships are awarded to exceptional students who demonstrate genuine interest in disability and excellence in academic achievement. Scholarships include access to supervision from a senior clinician and a $1500 payment upon successful completion of the placement.

Preferred universities:

  • Australian Catholic University
  • Canberra University
  • University of Newcastle
  • Charles Sturt University
  • Sydney University
  • Western Sydney University