How long does it take to meet the requirements?
Immunisation and screening requirements must be completed within six months of degree/diploma/program commencement. Some vaccinations will take some time to complete so it is essential you commence as soon as possible. If you are unable to complete your hepatitis B vaccination and testing or TB screening we can allow you to attend your first clinical placement providing you have completed all your other immunisation requirements and have had at least the first dose of hepatitis B vaccination.
Your compliance will fall into one of the following categories:
Where do I start?
A NSW Health Certificate of Compliance will be issued to those health care students who meet the full immunisation requirements.
Those health care students not able to complete the hepatitis B or TB requirements of this Policy Directive prior to their commencement of their first clinical placement will only be allowed to commence the first clinical placement if they comply with certain minimum requirements as per the ”Student Declaration / Undertaking” and undertake to complete the requirements of the Policy Directive within six months of commencement of the course. Failure to complete the full course of hepatitis B vaccine according to the recommended schedule, and provide a post vaccination serology result, or to attend for TB screening (if required) within the appropriate timeframes will result in suspension from attending further clinical placements. It is the responsibility of the student to provide the additional evidence required prior to expiration of the six month period.
Health Care Students unable to obtain compliance due to contraindications to immunisation (e.g. a medical condition, adverse reaction to immunisation) will require a risk assessment and a risk management plan in consultation with their educational institution supervisor and the health service facility/staff.
As it is a condition of clinical placement that acceptable evidence of protection against the specified diseases and TB screening is provided, those unable to obtain compliance due to a personal objection to any aspect of immunisation or screening (i.e. “conscientious objector”) can not be considered for clinical placement.
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Your compliance information will be verified in the ClinConnect database to allow you to attended clinical placement in NSW Health facilities.