Welcome to Sonia for Diabetes Education and Management

Professional Experience Unit

Contact email: healthplacements@scu.edu.au
07 5589 3439


For all students currently on or going on placement we recommend you check the Queensland Government website regularly for updates: Queensland Travel Declaration | Queensland Government (www.qld.gov.au)

COVID-19 and your placement 

SCU COVID-19 updates: https://www.scu.edu.au/health/health-placements/#covid-notice

Queensland Government: https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/public-health-directions

New South Wales: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/public-health-orders.aspx


Students complete 40 hours of clinical practicum within an approved diabetes service to consolidate their learning as clinicians.

COMPLIANCE: Students are required to upload all category 1 compliance documents to the documents page in SONIA by Monday, 19 July 2021.
Information regarding compliance requirements is found on the PEU webpage: https://www.scu.edu.au/health/health-placements/student-compliance-requirements/

ALL students must submit compliance requirements including vaccinations evidence which will be verified by NSW Health. This is even if you are not from NSW or if your placement is in another state.

If you are registered with AHPRA or another body, please upload evidence of your registration to SONIA against the Qld Blue Card check - you may be exempt from the Qld BC.

All students are required to complete a First Aid/CPR course, including RNs. Basic Life Support is accepted in lieu of CPR only.

Students may be required to travel for placement. Where possible we will allocate you close to home but this may not always be possible due to facility capacity and ADEA requirements for placement.

Please be aware that placements may be subject to change even after they have been finalised due to factors beyond our control.

Privacy Collection Notice


Southern Cross University requires this information to arrange and facilitate your student placement or other professional experience activity, and for related statistical and reporting purposes. This may include disclosing personal or health information that is reasonably required to relevant third parties including placement providers, regulatory bodies or government departments. You may not be able to participate in placement/professional experience activities if you do not provide the information requested.


We will treat your information confidentially and will not disclose it, other than in accordance with this notice, without your consent unless we are permitted or required to do so by law.


The University uses ‘Sonia’ student placement software to managing student placements and other professional experience opportunities. Information on how ‘Sonia’ handles personal information can be found here.


For more information on how the information will be used and disclosed, or to access and update your personal information, please contact your placement supervisor or Professional Experience Unit. For information on how the University collects, stores, uses and discloses personal information see the University’s Privacy Management Plan or contact the Privacy Officer at privacy@scu.edu.au