The Graduate School of Health adopts NSW Health policies and procedures for all clinical placement sites utilised throughout the placement program. Students can access key policy directives via the NSW Health Student Compliance web site. It is every student’s responsibility to read, understand and action these policy requirements and provide evidence of compliance. Students are responsible for any costs incurred in the completion of these requirements.
NOTE: Students will not be permitted to undertake any clinical placements until they comply with Ministry of Health and AHPRA requirements. It may take several months to meet these requirements, particularly courses of vaccinations to achieve immunity. It is strongly recommended that students review the requirements and commence gathering evidence as soon as they receive their letter of offer.
NSW Health Employment Checks Policy
NSW Health requires all students enrolling in courses that involve clinical placements in NSW Public Health Facilities to undertake a National Criminal Record Check and comply with other policy requirements as noted in the NSW Health Policy Directive PD2019_003 Working with Children Checks and Other Police Checks (PDF).
Students must have a National Police Certificate from an organisation accredited by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) with no listed convictions. If a charge or conviction is listed on the National Police Check, then students must apply for a risk assessment through the HealthShare Employee Screening and Review Unit.
Overseas students are required to provide a National Police Check from their home country or any country or countries they have resided in since turning 18 years of age. If they cannot provide this police check, they can sign the Overseas Student Statutory Declaration. Students should watch Video 3 - Overseas Students (with closed captioning) for information on the additional requirements.
Transmission of vaccine-preventable diseases in health care settings has the potential to cause serious illness and avoidable deaths in patients, staff and other users of the health care system as well as others in the community. NSW Health Policy Directive PD2018_009 Occupational assessment, screening and vaccination against specified infectious diseases (PDF) provides a framework for immunisation and screening of health care workers, other clinical personnel and students to minimise the risk of transmission of these diseases. Compliance is every student’s responsibility. Students will not be permitted to undertake clinical practice until they achieve the required level of immunity.
Adult Vaccination Record Card
NSW Health has provided a 'Vaccination Record Card for Health Care Workers and Students' for the purpose of recording students’ immunity status and vaccinations. Vaccination record cards are available for collection from UTS: Graduate School of Health (Building 7) or Student Centre (Building 5 or Building 10). The vaccination card must be completed by a medical practitioner, containing (where possible) the brand and batch number of each vaccine as well as an official stamp and signature from the medical practitioner/provider. Each card entry must have a clinic stamp and/or provider number. Refer to the NSW Health Immunisation video (with closed captioning) for more information.
NOTE: If a full course of vaccinations is required, it may take several months to complete; therefore students are advised to consult the UTS Health Service or their local doctor well in advance of commencing their studies. If consulting with their local GP, please bring the NSW Health Checklist – Attachment 4 (see page 38 of PD2018_009) to ensure all NSW Health requirements are met.
The minimum requirement for students to be eligible to undertake their placement for Clinical Practice is:
- one adult dose of diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough) (dTpa) with the last 10 years
- one dose of Hepatitis B
- one dose of Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) OR serology to demonstrate immunity
- one dose of Varicella OR serology to demonstrate immunity
- Tuberculosis (TB) screening for students born in a country with a high incidence of TB or resided for a cumulative time of 3 months or longer in a country with a high incidence of TB as per the list countries on the NSW Health web site.
Completion of the remaining vaccination requirements, as per NSW Health policy, must be demonstrated before students will be eligible to undertake future placements.
Students requiring assistance should contact the Clinical Placement Team via email to GSHClinPrac@uts.edu.au.
Additional Compliance Information
For course-specific compliance information, please visit the page for each discipline:
- Clinical Psychology
- Genetic Counselling
- Speech Pathology