Biomedical and Medical Laboratory Sciences

Professional Experience Placement Biomed and Medical Lab Sciences

What you need to do

This preparation checklist for Biomedical Science and Medical Laboratory placements covers the base requirements for MOST (but not all) host facilities.

As a JCU professional experience student it is your responsibility to ensure all pre-placement requirements are met. Please seek the advice of your placement coordinator or the Professional Placements Unit to confirm the pre-placement information and resources related to other States, services and facilities.

The following guidelines and checklist can be printed in hard copy or to PDF.

JCU Placement Procedure and Infectious Disease Policy

As a JCU professional experience placement student you are required to read the Professional Experience Placement Procedures for students within the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine. The document contains vital information for all students  of the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine (DTHM) about the responsibilities of both students and the University in relation to professional experience placement. The document also contains important information about the principles underpinning the administration of student placement.

You are also required to read the Procedure for Infectious Disease for students within the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine. This document guides students and the patients or clients they encounter regarding duty of care and minimising the risk of spreading or contracting vaccination-preventable infectious or blood-borne diseases.

After reading these documents you must sign the Student Declaration, which confirms you have read and understood the contents of both procedures, and return the signed document to the Professional Placement Unit.

JCU Student Clinical ID Card and Name Badge

Clinical ID cards are issued to students by the Professional Placement Unit.

Clinical ID cards are not the same as JCU Student ID cards. To obtain a Clinical ID you must have first obtained a JCU Student ID.

After the census date the Professional Placement Unit will order first year student cards and notify you by email when they are ready for collection in person.

If your card is about to expire and you still require it, or if you lose your card, you will need to contact the Professional Placement Unit. Replacement cards will incur a small cost.

During professional experience placement you must wear your Clinical ID at all times. This includes placement at the JCU Dental, JCU Health General Practice and JCU Allied Health and Interprofessional Clinics within the JCU Clinical Practices Building.

Clinical ID cards are valid for the duration of your enrolment and must be returned to JCU at the completion of your course.

JCU Confidentiality Acknowledgement

You must complete and sign the JCU Confidentiality Acknowledgement every year.

In signing the Acknowledgement, you – the student – acknowledge that you have been instructed in the concept of patient, client and business confidentiality, and will respect clients’ confidentiality at all times, including during tutorials, lectures and discussions, both professional and private.

Please download, complete, sign and submit the Confidentiality Acknowledgement to the Professional Placement Unit by email or in person, and retain a copy for your professional portfolio.

First Aid Certificate and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certificate

First Aid and CPR training must be completed prior to commencing your first professional experience placement, or by week 12 of the first teaching period, whichever comes first.

A copy of your proof of course completion (i.e. the certificate) must be supplied to the Professional Placement Unit.

Please use a recognised Australian training provider and note that it can take up to 6 weeks to receive certificates. Course costs must be borne by you, the student.

First Aid certificates are valid for 3 years, while CPR certificates are valid for 12 months only.

Online courses and certificates that do not meet the Australian standards and/or do not include a face-to-face training requirement will NOT be accepted.

Working with Children Check - Blue Card

The Working with Children Check is a screening process that assesses your suitability to work with children based on known disciplinary and police information.

Please DO NOT submit your application directly to Blue Card Services. Applications are specific to JCU and must be submitted through the Professional Placement Unit. You should begin your application as soon as possible and submit it to the Professional Placement Unit for processing and submission. There is no fee for students. It can take up to 8 weeks to obtain a Blue Card because of the checks and processes involved.

The Blue Card is valid for three years. It must be renewed at least one month before its expiry date to retain currency.

It is your responsibility to maintain a current Blue Card throughout your course. It is also your responsibility to ensure your contact details are up to date with Blue Card Services. For example, if you change your address or phone number, you must contact Blue Card Services and provide your new details.

Start your Blue Card application

You should complete a Blue Card Application and submit it to the Professional Placement Unit along with all your other documents to verify your identification.

If you reside more than 50 km outside Cairns or Townsville, you should have your identification verified by a Justice of the Peace (JP) or other prescribed person using the Identification Verification by a Prescribed Person form. Send the completed form and your application by email to the Professional Placement Unit.

If you already hold a current Blue Card

If you already hold a Blue Card you should complete an Authorisation to Confirm a Valid Card/Application form to advise that you are undertaking child-related activities with additional organisations, under the responsibility of JCU. Please visit the Professional Placement Unit in person to submit the form, ensuring you bring your ID with you.

Immunisations 

In accordance with Queensland Health and JCU procedures, students who are enrolled in health courses must be fully immunised, before commencing their professional experience placement, or by the end of the first teaching period, whichever comes first.

Students entering into a QHealth facility need to provide the following mandatory immunisation requirements:

  1. Hepatitis B
  2. Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)
  3. Varicella (chickenpox)
  4. Pertussis (whooping cough)

Vaccination

Evidence Required

Hepatitis B

You are required to provide evidence of immunisation and proof that you are immune to Hepatitis B (Seroconverted / Non-seroconverted).

Measles

Documented evidence of measles antibody (IgG) on serology or documented evidence of 2 measles vaccinations at least one month apart.

Mumps

Documented evidence of mumps antibody (IgG) on serology or documented evidence of 2 mumps vaccinations at least one month apart.

Rubella

Documented evidence of rubella antibody (IgG) on serology or documented evidence of 2 rubella vaccinations at least one month apart.

Varicella

Documented evidence of varicella antibody (IgG) on serology or documented evidence of varicella vaccination.

Pertussis

Documented evidence of pertussis booster vaccination in the previous 10 years.

In the first instance, we suggest you undergo a blood test to check your level of immunity to Hepatitis B, particularly if you are a recent school leaver.

If you need to complete the immunisation process, please discuss this with your General Practitioner. You will need to start the immunisation process as soon as possible, as some courses takes 6 months to complete.

Please use one of the Queensland Health forms to submit your evidence either from your GP or from your own records and provide a copy of your proof of immunity documents to the Professional Placement Unit. You will also need to retain your evidence of immunity in your portfolio to take with you when you attend professional experience placement.

1. QH- VPD- Evidence Form - GP- Ask your treating medical practitioner, registered nurse, or occupational health provider to complete this form on your behalf as proof of the vaccinations/tests you have undertaken.

Or

2. QH- VPD – Evidence Form - Applicant - Use this form if you already have copies of acceptable forms of evidence.  You must attach copies of the appropriate documents, as outlined in the table below.

For more vaccination information please read the Vaccination Requirements Information Sheet or visit the Queensland Health website.

Further advice relating to vaccinations and immunisation is available through JCU Health General Practice, Level 1, Clinical Practice Building, JCU Townsville, or your General Practitioner.

Recommended Vaccination Schedule at JCU Health General Practice.

Queensland Health Orientation Checklist and eLearning Modules

Queensland Health has developed a detailed checklist of pre-placement requirements and online training modules for students.

Please peruse the Orientation Checklist carefully. You'll be required to complete the checklist and a number of eLearning modules prior to placement in Queensland Health facilities. Use the checklist to record your completion of the training modules and requirements.

It is important that you keep your certificates of completion in your professional portfolio as you may need to show them at the start of each clinical placement.

A copy of the signed and dated Orientation Checklist must be supplied to the Professional Placement Unit. Please retain the original for presentation at each placement.

You will require the Mozilla Firefox web browser to complete the online modules.

For further information and to complete the online eLearning modules, visit the Queensland Health website: https://www.health.qld.gov.au/employment/clinical-placement/requirements/students/orientation-requirements/default.asp

Supporting information and user instructions are available on the Queensland Health website: https://www.health.qld.gov.au/ahwac/docs/cet/registeriLearn.pdf

Queensland Health Student Deed Poll

You will need to complete and submit the Queensland Health Student Deed Poll prior to commencing a professional placement at a Queensland Health facility.

Note, you must sign the sixth page of the form in front of a witness.

Please download, complete, sign and submit your entire form to the Professional Placement Unit by Week 2 of the first study period, or prior to undertaking your first clinical placement, whichever comes first.

AUSLAB Student Access

You will need to complete and submit the AUSLAB Student Access form 4 weeks prior to commencing a professional placement at a Queensland Health laboratory.

You must obtain approval to access the AUSLAB Clinical and Scientific Information System, which will be required to successfully complete your placement.

Before signing the form, you should first read the following policies, acts and codes relevant to conduct, information security and information privacy:

A copy of your signed form should be forwarded to the Professional Placement Unit.

Your Summary Checklist

Requirement Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
(Med Lab Sci only)
JCU Placement Procedure and Infectious Disease Policy

JCU Student Clinical ID Card and Name Badge

JCU Confidentiality Acknowledgement

First Aid Certificate and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certificate

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Working with Children Check - Blue Card

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Immunisations:    
1. Hepatitis B    
2. Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)   
3. Varicella (chickenpox)    
4. Pertussis (whopping cough)    
Queensland Health Orientation Checklist and eLearning Modules
For Queensland Health placements only 

Complete refresher modules

Complete refresher modules

Complete refresher modules
Queensland Health Student Deed Poll
For Queensland Health placements only

AUSLAB Student Access Form
For Queensland Health placements only

Check with the Professional Placement Unit for any additional placement requirements