Section 7: Preparing for your new role or placement
One of the best ways to reduce stress or anxiety about a new experience is to be prepared and have all the information as well as physical items you may need. This can save you time and money as well, and just makes everything easier.
Before you leave, run through this handy checklist and make sure you are as prepared as possible for the challenges and rewards a rural placement or job can give you!
Contact person’s name:
Contact person’s phone number:
Address for accommodation:
Phone number for accommodation:
Student pre-placement checklist:
- What do you need to take with you (e.g. linen, alarm clock, etc.)?
- What facilities are available to you (e.g. computer, internet, shops)?
- Should you take food with you?
- Do you need to take any resources/textbooks with you?
- What transport services are available to you?
- How will you get around the community?
- What is the travelling time from your accommodation to your workplace (walking or driving)?
- Are you better off taking your own transport (e.g. car, bike)?
- What is the community like (e.g. demographics, geography)?
- Where do you go to find information about the community (e.g. shire, tourist information)?
- What social, cultural or recreational activities are available in the community?
- Is there a local Indigenous community?
- What are the health services available in the community?
- Are there any support services in the community?
- What are the priority health issues for the community?
- What else has the community got to offer?
- Do you need to notify your workplace of flight/bus times?
- Are you able to be picked up when arriving?
- Do you know details to pick up keys to accommodation?
- Do you need the taxi contact details?
- Do you need to phone the staff/supervisor for your roster and start time?
Mail/phone contact details
- Do you know the phone number of your placement?
- Do you know the address of your placement?
- Do you have contact details of your supervisor?
- Do you know where you are staying and the contact details?
- Have you asked your supervisor for potential accommodation within your rural placement location?
- Does your accommodation provide cooking facilities, laundry, fridge, beds, linen, pillows.
- TV, microwave, crockery and cookware?
- Is your accommodation close to your workplace?
- How much will your accommodation cost?
- What is your uniform or dress code?
- What is the weather like where you are going and what type of clothes do you need to take with you?
- Are meals provided and when?
- Do you need to place orders for meals the day before?
- How much do they cost (if getting lunch at hospital)?
- Are special dietary needs catered for (e.g. Halal, Kosher)?
- What is your caseload?
- What are your working hours?
- What are the policies and procedures of your workplace?
- Who will you be working with?
- Are there other students from the same discipline as you or other disciplines at the workplace or at your accommodation?
- What other health professionals work in the health service?
- Will you be travelling e.g. visiting remote communities? If so, what do you need to take with you?
What facilities are available to you at the workplace (e.g. computer, library)?
- Do you know who your supervisor will be?
- Will you have regular contact with your supervisor?
- If you are feeling lonely while you are away, who can you call?
- If you notice any of the signs in section 1, what tools can you use (for example the ones found in Sections 2 & 3) to try and feel better?
- Where can you go in your new town on your days off to get out of the house?
- What can you take to relax and unwind? (e.g. Books, games, exercise equipment, instruments etc.)