To ensure the safety of staff and students during the course and your future employment in the health industry we ask that all students are vaccinated against Covid-19 prior to enrolment. Exemptions may be granted for students who are able to produce a medical exemption from a medical practitioner, currently there is no exemption on the basis of spiritual or religious beliefs.
Students and workers may be exposed to, and transmit vaccine-preventable diseases. Receiving and maintaining appropriate vaccination before exposure to the disease can reduce the likelihood of transmission.
All healthcare workers are required to be able to provide evidence of protection according to the following table. Acceptable evidence of protection includes a written record of vaccination signed by the provider and/or serological confirmation of protection; immunisation history statements available through Medicare are also accepted. If vaccination is undertaken, workers must ensure their health records are updated. If a vaccination is advised and refused, this must be documented, together with the reason for refusal.
|Infectious diseases||Acceptable evidence to demonstrate protection|
Documented evidence of a completed course of Covid-19 schedule using an approved vaccine including Astra Zeneca, Pfizer and Moderna.
Send a copy of your completed Covid-19 vaccination schedule (available through Medicare) to relevant manager as proof.
|Influenza||Vaccination on an annual basis is recommended and offered.|
|Hepatitis B||Documented evidence of a completed, age appropriate, course of hepatitis B vaccine and documented evidence of anti-HBs ” 10mIU/mL; or documented evidence of past hepatitis B infection (anti-HBc).
Six weeks after you have had your last Hep B vaccination, you must have a blood test to confirm you have developed Hepatitis B antibodies – (Hep B s Ab). Send a copy of the result to the relevant manager as proof of your vaccination status.
|Documented evidence of dose of adult dTpa vaccine|
|Birth date before 1966; or documented evidence of 2 doses of Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine at least one month apart; or documented evidence of positive IgG for MMR.|
|Varicella||History of chickenpox; or documentation of physician diagnosed shingles; or documented evidence of a positive varicella IgG; or documented evidence of age appropriate varicella vaccination.|
It is mandatory that all students are vaccinated by their own doctor against Hepatitis B prior to commencement of the practical component of venous collections and work placement.
National Police check
As of the 1st July 2019 all students are required to obtain a National Police Certificate and Work With Children’s Check (WWC) prior to attending work placement.