This subject contains a 18 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.
Students are required to be working in a medical ultrasound department as a trainee sonographer as a condition of enrolment in the medical ultrasound courses. Students may work in public or private practice and are employees of the clinical institution on a paid or supernumerary basis.
Students work under the supervision of an Australasian Sonographer Accreditation Registry (ASAR) Accredited Medical Sonographer and are eligible to join the ASAR registry as an Accredited Student Sonographer. As the students skills progress from novice to advanced beginner the level of supervision will typically progress from direct supervision to a more general supervision in keeping with the employer's requirements, thus the students become immersed in fully authentic roles of practice. During the subject MRS549 students are expected to hone their professional skills in preparation for graduation as a beginning practitioner. Students will be required to demonstrate competence in a range of examinations identified by the ASAR.
As students perform a range of ultrasound examinations in the workplace they are able to collect data from selected examinations to write up for assignment submissions (portfolio and workplace discussions). In addition, they undertake a process of critical reflection upon their practice and are encouraged to work closely with supervisors and colleagues to inform and improve their professional practice.