Students will be offered the opportunity to participate in initiatives within the lifestyle and engagement programs at either site based on suitability/location preference. Our lifestyle and leisure team work to enrich the lives of our residents by: inspiring people to live with purpose, creating a home away from home and respecting the uniqueness, complexity and value of the residents in our care.

  • Arts and craft activities: including painting sessions and craft activities such as jewellery making
  • Intergenerational programs: including playgroups, visits from high school and primary students and engagement with other youth local to the area
  • Memory support programs: activities and experiences to suit and support those residents with Dementia
  • Exercise and movement programs: including tai chi for arthritis, gardening, Zumba and group exercises with DT or physiotherapist
  • Outdoor experiences – including gardening and resident outings (subject to WHS and appropriate risk assessment)
  • Special events: significant to the calendar month such as St Patricks Day, Anzac Day, specific cultural celebrations etc.
  • Students will also have the opportunity to develop individual relationships with residents and where appropriate offer emotional support and friendship.

Position Description

  • Communicating with and providing social support to individual residents
  • Helping to engage residents in the activities listed above
  • Support for the lifestyle team in helping to set up/clean-up activities as required.

Operating dates and times

Commencing Semester 1, 2019 throughout the year.

9.00am – 3.00pm each working day.

Places available

  • 4 student per semester, 2 at each Villa Maria location: Fortitude Valley and Ipswich

Position Requirements

  • Current Blue Card
  • Police Check
  • Students who have a minimum of 30 hours community engagement placement


There are currently two locations in QLD who will undertake student placements. These are:

VMFV – Villa Maria in Fortitude Valley and;

VMEH – Villa Maria Eastern Heights in Ipswich




Contact ACU Engagement expressing your interest and confirming:

  • You fulfil (or are willing to fulfil) the position requirements
  • The ACU unit you are studying and your course
  • Your availability which complies with the operating dates and times
  • Read the relevant ACU policies and procedures

After confirming the above, the Engagement team will then connect you with Villa Maria via email.


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ACU Policy & Procedure

ACU Policies and Procedures aim to keep both you and the communities you interact with legally, physically and ethically safe. It is a requirement of all community engagement placements that you read and familiarise yourself with ACU policies and procedures prior to commencement.

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Your community engagement questions answered

ACU Engagement have developed an information hub to answer your frequently asked questions and help you get the most out of your community engagement opportunity.

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