Cabrini has a limited number of work experience placements for Year 10 students from December each year. Work experience gives Year 10 students time at Cabrini to learn about an occupation or industry by observing others or completing tasks under supervision. It is an opportunity for secondary students to develop skills and networks and to decide what they would like to do in the future. It's an opportunity for Cabrini to showcase the many and varied occupations there are in health and potentially attract future staff. Students are placed with Cabrini primarily to observe and learn – not to undertake activities which require extensive training or expertise. Not all areas allow or have the resources to accommodate work experience students.
Work experience plays a vital part of the student’s time at school. It allows them to 'test the waters' and experience what it is like to be working '9 to 5' instead of just school hours.
In order for a student to be considered for Cabrini’s Work Experience Program:
Please contact the Work Experience Coordinator for all placements. Please do not contact individual managers at Cabrini - separate arrangements made with an individual manager or consultant will not be honoured by the Cabrini Work Experience Coordinator.
ALL work experience applications from Year 10 students must be received by the Work Experience Coordinator in People Services in December to mid-January for a placement in the next year (e.g. put in an application via the online form from 1 Dec 2018 - 15 Jan 2019 for the 2019 school year). Placements for the entire year fill up very quickly. We strongly suggest that students apply to more than one organisation for work experience as Cabrini cannot guarantee a placement.
Students who applied for the 2019 Work Experience Program during the open application period: you will be notified in late February or early March 2019 if you will be offered a placement at Cabrini or whether your area(s) of preference are full. The Work Experience Coordinator can be reached in People Services by telephone on (03) 9508 5307 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org during business hours of 9 am to 4 pm Monday to Friday only. Again, we strongly suggest that students apply to more than one organisation for work experience as Cabrini receives far more applications than it has placements. No late applications or requests for special consideration from students who have not applied during the open application period will be accepted.
On line applications for the 2020 Work Experience will only be accepted between 2nd December 2019 - 15th January 2020 - please check this site at that time
Shadowing a Doctor - Cabrini receives many requests from students to shadow a doctor on rounds; observe in operating theatres; or follow a doctor in our Emergency Department for a day or week but we are unable to accommodate these requests. No student is permitted to attend theatre areas, the Emergency Department or accompany a doctor on ward rounds at any time.
Maternity/Paediatrics - Cabrini does not allow students in these areas.
Allied Health (Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology) - These areas are unable to take work experience students at this time.
Consultant Doctors - Work experience students who wish to have a placement with a private consultant who has an office or medical practice at Cabrini should speak directly with the consultant’s office as Cabrini is not responsible for placing students with them nor will the student be allowed to then be placed within any area at Cabrini if the work experience placement is arranged with the independent Consultant.
Code of Dress – Students are required to dress neatly with sensible shoes. No shorts, thongs, short dresses, bare midriffs or jeans – we are a hospital and students should be dressed appropriately.
Payment - Cabrini pays the students $5.00 per day which is paid in cash on their last placement day if working on the Malvern campus. If they have a placement on another campus, a cheque is sent to the student at their home address.