Vaccination & Immunisation

Information on Infectious Diseases for Students and External Supervisors

Infectious diseases are of concern to all those working in health related settings. Whilst an understanding of the transmission of diseases such as HIV/AIDS, hepatitis and tuberculosis is particularly important, all students and external supervisors must acquaint themselves with information about the potential dangers of all communicable diseases likely to be experienced in Australia. They should be aware of sources of infectious micro-organisms, their modes of transmission and the ways of reducing the risk of infection to themselves, patients/clients and others.

The NSW Department of Health (now Ministry of Health) requires all students undertaking a placement in a health facility that involves direct client contact, to provide written evidence of their immunity status and/or be vaccinated against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chicken pox), hepatitis B and in selective cases for tuberculosis, before commencing a placement with NSW Ministry of Health facilities. A NSW Ministry of Health Adult Vaccination Record card will be provided to all enrolled students in relevant programs at the Faculty of Health Sciences for this purpose.

Students who will be in direct contact with patients/clients of health care services are advised to seek medical advice and are required to arrange vaccinations, according to the NSW Ministry of Health Policy Directive. Students that are required to have vaccinations must complete their vaccinations prior to attending their first placement and will be required to submit the completed NSW Ministry of Health Adult Vaccination Record Card and the completed Forms 2 and 3. Students will be instructed where and when the documented evidence is to be submitted. Students that do not provide this information will not be allowed to attend their placement.

Students must also take these documents with them when undertaking any placement in a health facility as the documentation will be reviewed during their placement in a NSW Ministry of Health facility.

Accessing Forms 2 & 3

To locate Forms 2 and 3, click on NSW Ministry of Health Policy Directive and then click "Occupational Assessment Screening & Vaccination Against Specific Infectious Diseases" at the bottom of the page. Then scroll down to Information Sheet 4 commencing on page 22, which summarises the process for students, including Forms 2 & 3.

DISEASE

 Acceptable evidence of protection against specified infectious diseases includes a written record of vaccination signed by the practitioner and/or serological confirmation of protection. This does not include a statutory declaration.

 Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis

·      One documented dose of adult diphtheria/tetanus/pertussis vaccine (dTpa).                      

 Hepatitis B

·      History of a completed, age appropriate, course of hepatitis B vaccine (not ‘accelerated’ course)  and documented evidence of anti-HBs greater than or equal to 10mlU/mL;

     or

·      documented evidence of anti HBc indicating past hepatitis B infection. 

 Measles, mumps, rubella

·      birth date before 1966;

or

·      documented evidence of two doses of MMR vaccine at least one month apart;

or

·      documented evidence of positive lgG for measles, mumps and rubella.

Varicella (Chickenpox)

·      History of chickenpox; or documentation of physician diagnosed shingles (serotest if uncertain);

or

·      documented evidence of a positive lgG for varicella;

or

·      documented evidence of 2 doses of varicella vaccination at least one month apart (evidence of one dose is sufficient if the person was vaccinated before 14 years of age).

 Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis (TB) screening will only be required if a student was:

·      born overseas in a country with high incidence of TB*;

or

·      has resided for a cumulative time of 3 months or longer, overseas in a country with a high incidence of TB *

 Influenza

·      Annual influenza vaccination is strongly recommended for all students.

*Information on the relevant countries that are considered to have a 'high incidence of TB' can be found on the NSW Ministry of Health website. For students requiring TB screening, this should be carried out at a NSW Health Chest Clinic. Students are advised that it can take some time to obtain an appointment to attend a Chest Clinic and are advised to make an appointment as soon as possible.

Student Placements in Health Jurisdictions in Other States and Territories

Students undertaking a placement at a health facility outside of NSW will need to take the NSW Ministry of Health Adult Vaccination Record card and the completed Forms 2 and 3 with them. Some jurisdictions may require the student to submit a copy of this information a number of weeks prior to the placement commencing. Please check this with your placement administrator.

ACT Health Policy also requires that all students undertaking a placement in an ACT Health facility must complete a full TB screening through a Chest Clinic and provide documented evidence of completion of this when submitting their documentation to ACT Health a number of weeks prior to the placement commencing. Students that do not complete these requirements will not be able to commence placement.

Further Information

  • Vaccinations and advice are available through the University Health Service at the Camperdown Campus.
  • Information on this subject is available during orientation week and at the NSW Ministry of Health website.
  • Additional information about infectious diseases is available, in confidence, from .