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 against the following infectious diseases:
*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.
TB testing will be required if you meet any of the following criteria.
The above criteria also apply to higher degree by research students attending a NSW Health facility.
The University Health Service offers TB screening. Both an IGRA (QUANTAFERON GOLD test) and Mantoux Skin Test are acceptable evidence you have been tested for TB under the Occupational Screening Policy (2018). Depending on your result, you may be required to have a chest x‐ray.
If you're a student visa holder and had a chest x-ray when you applied for your student visa, you will still need to have a TB screening if you meet any of the above criteria. Chest X-rays only show active or infectious tuberculosis. You may have latent or silent tuberculosis which does not show on a chest x‐ray. Latent or silent tuberculosis does not cause any symptoms but can progress to active or infectious tuberculosis.
If you are in the first year of your degree you can be granted a 6 month temporary compliant status, and can attend placements during this 6‐month period, provided you have:
You need to complete your hepatitis B vaccination schedule and tuberculosis screening during this six‐month period or your temporary verification will lapse.
You can't attend a placement after this six‐month period until you show evidence you have completed your hepatitis B vaccination schedule and TB screening.
Annual influenza vaccination is mandatory for all students who are attending a placement between 1 June and 30 September each year. Students must receive the current southern hemisphere influenza vaccine registered for use by the TGA. You should also have your doctor, vaccination nurse or pharmacist update the information on your NSW Health Adult Vaccination Record or Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).
Under NSW Health’s updated policy, all students attending placement must have evidence of two TGA approved COVID-19 vaccinations, or an exemption, entered into ClinConnect.
Students will be allowed to start placement if they have had one dose of a TGA approved or recognised COVID-19 vaccine and completed all other vaccination requirements and submitted a written undertaking to complete the COVID-19 vaccination requirements for dose two within six weeks of the dose two due date. Students will not be allowed to continue their placement if they have not had their second dose within 32 weeks after their first dose.
Students who have been infected with COVID-19 may delay receiving a COVID-19 vaccination for up to six months following infection. Temporary compliance status for up to six months will be granted if the student provides evidence in the form of:
If you are allocated to a NSW Health clinical placement, it is important that you need to prioritise any mandatory vaccinations as per the following NSW Health policy:
All students who are unable to receive the required doses of a TGA approved or recognised COVID-19 vaccine due to a medical contraindication to all the available TGA approved COVID-19 vaccines, are required to provide evidence of their circumstances.
The Australian Immunisation Register - Immunisation medical exemption form (IM011) is the only approved form in NSW to provide evidence of a medical contraindication to COVID-19 vaccination. Please find out more information on completing the form.
You may visit the NSW Government Health Education and Training website for more information on Student Placements and COVID-19 FAQs.
Commencing students in the disciplines of medicine, dentistry or oral health will need to complete the Attachment 1 blood borne virus declaration form (pdf, 58KB) and have it verified by NSW Health before your first clinical placement. You will need to repeat this process every three years.