The School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS) is excited to announce that applications are now open for four week, supervised, interprofessional, intercultural placement (IPIC) opportunities in Vietnam and Timor Leste.

Important Dates

Applications open                                                                   Monday 7 September 2015
Information session 1                                                            Monday 14 September 2015 at 6pm
                                                                                                   Building 50, Room T103
Information session 2                                                            Tuesday 15 September 2015 at 11am
                                                                                                    Building 42, Room 216
Applications close*:                                                                Monday 26 October 2015 by 3pm
Successful applicants notified:                                             Friday 30 October 2015
Acceptance of offer deadline & deposit due*:                    Friday 6 November 2015
Second instalment due*:                                                        Friday 1 January 2016
Final instalment due*:                                                             Monday 1 February 2016
Placement Dates†:                                                                  Monday, 9 May to Friday, 3 June 2016

†Excludes travel time

*Please see Costs for more information about payments if selected.


To apply, you must be in your final year in 2016 in one of these programs:

  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours)
  • Master of Occupational Therapy Studies

You must also:

  • Have a minimum GPA of 5.0

Students should think carefully about the suitability of their personal circumstances to enable participation in these placements, prior to submitting an application. Students must be prepared financially and emotionally to undertake these demanding placements.

Opportunities Available 


Team required: 6 students (2 Occupational Therapy, 2 Physiotherapy, and 2 Speech Pathology students)
Location: Hue, Vietnam
Setting: Paediatric disability setting with some possible outreach to rural communities
Estimated cost: $3,500
Other information: This placement is in partnership with the Office of Genetic Counselling and Disabled Children (OGCDC)

Timor Leste

Team required: 12 students (4 Occupational Therapy, 4 Physiotherapy, and 4 Speech Pathology students)
Location: Dili, Timor Leste
Setting: Paediatric and adult rehabilitation setting with some possible outreach to rural communities
Estimated cost: $6,000* - the cost to the student will be approx $3500 due to funding secured via the New Colombo Plan Mobility Program grant. This grant will provide $3,000 to each successful student. Funding is restricted to citizens of Australia.

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Estimated costs include airfares, accommodation, visas, health requirements, most meals and local transport. 
If selected, the schedule of payments will be: 
1. Deposit                                     $500 (non-refundable)                              Friday 6 November 2015
2. Second instalment                 50% of remaining costs                            Friday 1 January 2016
3. Final instalment                      Outstanding balance                                 Monday 1 February 2016

Learning and Supervision

This placement will contribute to mandatory clinical placements as part of clinical course requirements and as such will be subject to the same rules, guidelines and assessment requirements. The experiences will be counted as a five week placement in recognition of planning, preparation and follow-up commitments in addition to time in-country. The focus of these placements is on interprofessional and intercultural learning therefore students will be required to engage as interprofessional teams. Supervision will be provided by two SHRS clinical educators who may be from a profession other than your own; in this instance, specific clinical support will be provided by SHRS academic and CELM staff as required.

Additional Commitments

Students selected for this experience are expected to participate in preparatory briefings and workshops scheduled in advance of the placement and upon return to UQ, write reports for appropriate UQ publications and professional association newsletters, provide details on the expenditure of funding subsidy (if applicable) and participate in the evaluation of the placement.  These activities will require several hours of commitment over a number of weeks and all attempts will be made by staff to arrange workshops and deadlines around existing university/placements commitments.  

How to Apply

You may apply for one or both placements by submitting an online application form. As part of your application you must include:

  • A video presentation that addresses the selection criteria; AND
  • A short essay that outlines three personal learning objectives 

Selection Criteria Video Guidelines 

In your video presentation must demonstrate how you meet the following selection criteria:

  1. Interest in paediatric practice in Vietnam and/or rehabilitation and health care in Timor Leste
  2. Understanding of interprofessional education, teamwork and the benefits to both health professional learning and to client outcomes
  3. Knowledge and understanding of Vietnamese and/or Timorese cultural diversity
  4. Excellence in interpersonal communication skills
  5. Personal attributes and experience which support your application and your ability to represent the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Videos must be no longer than seven minutes if applying for one placement, or ten minutes if applying for both. You may need to create a Vimeo or YouTube account, upload your multimedia file to this account and then provide the URL to your video presentation in your application. Video submissions provide the selection panel with additional information similar to an interview process. Please keep this in mind when addressing the selection criteria in your video submission.

Three Personal Learning Objectives Guidelines

A short written piece of no more than 600 words outlining three personal learning objectives you aim to achieve during the placement/s. 

Selection Process

After the closing date applicants will be selected by a process involving the Clinical Education Liaison Managers (CELMs) in each profession and other staff as required. The final decision regarding successful applicants will rest with the Head of School, SHRS. 


Please contact the Clinical Education Unit at