Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Philippines Nursing

International Placement: Philippines Nursing Program

School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health

Proposed 2019 program

CatreenaAs third  year undergraduate nursing students you'll spend this program working in both hospital and primary healthcare settings. The program runs in partnership with Projects Abroad in the Philippines and is based in the north of Cebu Island in towns and in rural locations.

At the hospital you will have the opportunity to observe and assist (where appropriate) in general medicine and emergency wards as well as a birthing centre. Although a small hospital, it is an important facility for a widely spread rural population and it is often extremely busy.

The primary healthcare part of the program is a mix of medical missions, home visits and health promotion sessions. These activities will take you to various villages and community settings where the periodic outreach run by the local City Health Office and Projects Abroad is a vital healthcare link for populations without close access to permanent primary healthcare settings.

Whilst on the program you'll be supervised by experienced CSU academic staff and by local clinical staff. In addition to working alongside these health care professionals at a range of primary healthcare and hospital settings, presentations from local doctors and nurses will also be organised.

This placement offers an opportunity to experience a developing healthcare system in a rural area where you will discover the authentic way of life for people on the island and be welcomed into their communities. It will offer a great insight into different healthcare practices and techniques allowing a valuable comparison with the Australian system.

In your leisure time you will enjoy a weekend relaxing on the idyllic Bantayan Island and during the evenings a series of cultural events and meals will be organised.

I highly recommend the Philipinnes CSU Global nursing program. It has given me a huge appreciation for the health care system in Australia, and my own personal life. The program was a wonderful experience that allowed me to step outside of my comfort zone daily by working in a hospital, the community, visiting schools,and doing a medical mission, (many things I wouldn't get the opportunity to normally). The support we got during the program was excellent, and has by far been my favourite nursing placement! 2016 Program Participant, Catreena Kuhn

When: Approximately 30 June - 13 July 2019 (exact dates to be advised on notification of successful application)

Number of places: 12 students
This program requires minimum numbers to proceed.

Eligibility: CSU students enrolled in the third year of the Bachelor of Nursing in 2019 and who are eligible to enrol in NRS311 for Session 1, 2019. Students must have achieved a GPA above 4 at the time of submitting their application.

Academic Information: Participants may receive recognition for two weeks workplace learning in NRS311. This recognition will require payment of a subject tuition fee and satisfactory participation and completion of specified assessment items. Students should liaise directly with their Course Director to confirm the ability to include this program and respective subject in their course structure and should do so prior to applying for this program.

Financial Assistance: The advertised program cost is based on the provision of the $450 Vice Chancellor Travel Grant. Eligibility is restricted to CSU students receiving academic recognition for their participation in the program. This Grant is not paid directly to students but has already been deducted from the program cost.

Students may also be eligible to receive financial assistance through the Australian Government's OS-HELP loan. OS-HELP is a loan available to eligible Commonwealth Supported students who want to undertake some of their study overseas. OS-HELP can be used for a range of expenses such as airfares, accommodation, and other travel or study expenses.

Eligibility for OS-HELP will be assessed once successful students are selected and is based on a number of criteria.  Acceptance into a CSU Global program does not guarantee eligibility for the loan. Please note, you cannot pay your program deposit through OS-HELP.

All funding associated with CSU Global programs (travel grants, scholarships, subsidies and loans) is linked to successful completion of academic and program expectations. Failure to meet these requirements may result in funding being revoked.

Refer to Global's Scholarships and Funding webpage for further information on financial assistance.

Cost: Approximately $4700 (exact costs to be advised on notification of successful application).

Costs Should Include: Program fee, international flights, insurance, in-country accommodation (homestay - twin share), some in-county transport, weekend visit and most meals.

Costs do not include: CSU subject fees, visas (if required), passports, immunisations (if required), additional meals, extra sightseeing costs, recreational activities, souvenirs, gratuities and incidentals.

Please note:  This is a group ticketed tour.  Your program will depart from a predetermined Australian international airport and return to the same destination on dates confirmed by CSU Global. 

Application Time-line: continue to the bottom of this page for application link

  • Application closing date: applications closed
  • Successful students notified (email): within two weeks of application closing date
  • $1000 non-refundable deposit due: within two weeks of successful notification
    (You MUST have obtained or be in the process of applying for your passport by this date - with a minimum of six month validity from the return date)
  • Full and final payment due: 3 May, 2018
  • Pre-departure session: To be announced.

Further enquiries regarding the application process should be directed to:

Alice Wood 
CSU Global     
Charles Sturt University
Phone: + 61 2 6338 4068

Further enquiries regarding the content of this program should be directed to:

Amanda Moses
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health  
Charles Sturt University
Phone: + 61 2 6933 2805

Indicative Program Outline (subject to change)
0Depart Australia for the PhilippinesAustralia / Philippines (Cebu)
1Transfer to Bogo City accommodation: Program induction including presentation on healthcare in Philippines, city tour and orientation, language lessonBogo City
2AM: Hospital visit -  Students transfer between General Ward, OPD, Emergency Room and Delivery Room
PM: Hospital visit continued, language lesson
Bogo City
3Medical Mission (TBA) - screening, dental, optical, Birthing centreBogo City
4Rural Health Unit - orientation, assist at health centre, screeningBogo City
5Health education drive - schools/community centre, Birthing centreBogo City
6Weekend travelBogo City
7Weekend travelBogo City
8Rural Health Unit - assist at health centre, screeningBogo City
9AM: Hospital visit -  Students transfer between General Ward, OPD, Emergency Room and Delivery Room
PM: Hospital visit continued, language lesson
Bogo City
10Medical Mission (TBA) - screening, dental, optical, Birthing centreBogo City
11PWD placement - hydrotherapyBogo City
12Health education drive - schools/community centre, Birthing centreBogo City
13Program concludes - participants return to AustraliaPhilippines (Cebu) / Australia