If you’re completing a clinical or child-related placement as part of your course, there are certain government-regulated checks and clearances you’ll need to get first.
Clinical placements in public health facilities are a core component of almost every health related degree at the University of Sydney. To ensure your safety and that of other students, staff and patients, all students completing a clinical placement in a public health facility need to be verified by the NSW Ministry of Health.
Verification requirements under the NSW Ministry of Health employment checks and immunisation policies include producing a clear criminal record check or ability to obtain a Clinical Placement Authority Card, and acceptable evidence of protection against certain infectious diseases.
You can become verified by attending a scheduled on-campus verification session, where you will be required to present certain required documents and forms to be checked by representatives from the NSW Ministry of Health.
For more information on what you will need to present at your scheduled on-campus verification session, see the checklist below.
A criminal history does not necessarily constitute a barrier to clinical placement. If you have a criminal history, you will need to apply for an assessment through HealthShare NSW Employment Screening and Review Unit. Depending on the outcome of this assessment, you may be provided with Clinical Placement Authority Card.
To apply for an assessment, you can contact the HealthShare NSW Employment Screening and Review Unit directly via phone on +61 2 8848 5175.
To assist you in meeting the requirements, please watch these three short videos from the NSW Ministry of Health website. They cover:
Verification requirements under the NSW Ministry of Health employment checks and immunisation policies include producing a clear criminal record check (or ability to obtain a Clinical Placement Authority Card) and acceptable evidence of protection against the following infectious diseases:
*Carrying Hepatitis B does not preclude you from meeting NSW Ministry of Health verification requirements.
Unless you are fully verified you will not be able to attend a clinical placement in a NSW Ministry of Health facility and this may affect your ability to complete your degree.
If you have been assessed as unable to either temporarily or permanently meet one or more of these mandatory requirements, please contact us to discuss your situation immediately.
The Working With Children Check involves a national criminal record check and review of findings of misconduct involving children. If your outcome is a clearance, the Office of the Children’s Guardian will issue you with a Working With Children Check number, which can be used for any child-related work (paid or voluntary) in NSW.
The Child Protection (Working with Children) Regulation 2013, under the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012, stipulates that it is an offence for a disqualified person to apply for, attempt to obtain, undertake or remain in child-related employment. Schedule 2 of the Act lists disqualifying offences that will automatically bar you from working with children. A person convicted of (or awaiting trial for) any of these offences will be barred automatically.
Your faculty or school will advise you if you need to apply for a Working with Children Check before your placement. If you are required to complete this check, you will need to provide your Working with Children Check number to the University and the placement provider.
Please note that students on a professional placement are considered volunteers and are not liable for the application fee.