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Clinical placement checks and clearances

Vaccination and immunisation

Requirements

The requirements are outlined under a NSW Ministry of Health policy directive.

You will need to have completed vaccinations before you start your placement and show evidence of protection (pdf, 865KB) against the following infectious diseases:

  • dTpa – Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
  • Hepatitis B* 
  • MMR – Measles, Mumps, Rubella 
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox)
  • TB – Tuberculosis – via risk assessment tool

*Carrying Hepatitis B does not necessarily preclude you from meeting NSW Ministry of Health verification requirements.

If you have not already had the required vaccinations you need to complete this process which can take up to six months. Vaccinations and advice are available through the University Health Service at the Camperdown Campus.

Influenza Vaccination

As of 2018, if you are allocated to a placement in any of the high risk areas, you are required by the NSW Ministry of Health to show evidence that you have had the most recent influenza vaccination. This is due to the potential for serious health problems for vulnerable people who catch influenza. High risk areas include: 

  • intensive care units
  • antenatal, perinatal and postnatal areas including labour wards and antenatal outreach programs (before, during and after delivery of babies)
  • neonatal intensive care units and home visiting services provided to neonates (newborn children less than four weeks old)
  • paediatric (child) intensive care units
  • transplant and oncology (cancer) wards.

As you may not know in advance of placement allocation if you will be placed in a high risk area, we strongly recommend you have a flu vaccination as soon as possible each year.

If you do not have suitable evidence that you have had the vaccination, you will be expected to wear a face mask or may be relocated to another clinical area for your placement. Where these options are not viable your placement may be cancelled.  

Evidence of your influenza vaccination

When you have your vaccination, you need to request documentation of your vaccination from your health care provider. You should also have your local doctor or vaccination nurse update the information on your NSW Health Adult Vaccination Record.

When you attend your placement, you need to take your proof of vaccination documents with you. A receipt for the vaccination is not sufficient proof.

Last updated: 29 March 2019

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