As a JCU professional health student, it is your responsibility to ensure all pre-placement requirements (PPRs) are met. Please seek the advice of your placement coordinator or the Professional Experience Placement Unit to confirm the pre-placement information and resources related to other States, services and facilities. Please ensure you have read the guide to submitting PPRs.
COVID-19 Update: Clinical placements restrictions in QLD as of 30 September 2021
All students must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by 11 November 2021 in order to enter Queensland Health facilities for the purpose of undertaking a clinical placement
Restricted areas: Students may only attend clinical placements in Queensland Health facilities within restricted areas if they are fully vaccinated. Brisbane City Council, Moreton Bay Regional Council, Gold Coast City Council, Logan City Council, Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council and Townsville City Council (including Magnetic Island) are currently classified as restricted areas.
Impacted areas: Students may only attend clinical placements in Queensland Health facilities within impacted areas if they are fully vaccinated. Ipswich City Council, Lockyer Valley Regional Council, Noosa Shire Council, Redland City Council, Scenic Rim Regional Council, Somerset Regional Council, and Sunshine Coast Regional Council are currently classified as impacted areas.
Students who have been in Local Government Areas with continuing requirements in the last 14 days or since the area was identified (whichever is shorter) cannot enter a hospital facility in Queensland for a placement, unless they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19
For all other areas of Queensland: Full vaccination against COVID-19 will be required by 11 November 2021. Full vaccination will be required for all clinical placements in Queensland Health facilities after this date.
South West Hospital and Health Service (SWHHS) and Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Services (TCHHS) facilities: Full vaccination against COVID-19 is required for students attending a SWHHS or TCHHS Queensland Health facility for placement. This requirement is ongoing.
If your placement is not with a QLD Health facility and you are in a restricted LGA, please contact your placement coordinator to check if you can continue with your placement.
Mandatory vaccination against COVID-19 for Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACF) including Multipurpose Health Services (MPHS) (includes students on placement)
On 28 June 2021, National Cabinet agreed some changes to vaccination against COVID-19 for the aged care workforce. Specifically:
that at least the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine be administered by the 16 September 2021 for all RACF and MPHS workforce; and
that all RACF and MPHS workers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the 31 October 2021, as a condition of working in a Residential Aged Care or Multipurpose Health facility.
For the purposes of this mandate, the RACF and MPHS workforce includes students on placements. A list of the relevant facilities can be found here (refer to the Table under Schedule 1 - Definitions). The full media statement from National Cabinet is available here.
COVID-19 Vaccination information for Healthcare students
JCU recommends that Healthcare students who undertake clinical placements as part of their Course requirements be vaccinated against COVID-19 to ensure they can attend clinical placement. Remember to identify yourself as a healthcare student as most vaccination clinics will have priority appointments available.
Students, please use the Vaccine Eligibility Checker and book in as a Healthcare Worker to be eligible to make your first appointment and receive the first dose of the two-dose vaccination course. Remember to take your JCU Clinical ID Card and Medicare Card to your appointment.
Mackay Campus Healthcare Students: Can call 07 4885 6000 and ask them to transfer your call to the COVID vaccination clinic so that you can make an appointment.
After each vaccination, please submit your COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate (available through myGov) or other evidence document to email@example.com. You can provide evidence of vaccination in your immunisation history statement from the Australian Immunisation Register, which can be obtained from the Australian Government using myGov, the Medicare mobile app or by calling the Australian Immunisation Register and requesting a statement to be posted. Further information is available here. Students should also update their Qld Health Student Orientation Checklist to include their COVID-19 vaccination details.
Postgraduate students (including Graduate Diploma of Dental Implantology and Graduate Diploma of Orthodontics) are required to complete Pre-Placement Requirements (PPRs) prior to placement.
You must complete and submit the following Pre-Placement Requirements (PPRs) prior to the submission deadline outlined below according to your course.
Using your JCU email account, email your completed documents to firstname.lastname@example.org and include your email signature in the body of your email.
Please complete the following PPR requirements. For items 5 to 10, please refer to the applicable tab in the Undergraduate Student section for more information and links to forms.
First Aid Certificate and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certificate
JCU Confidentiality Acknowledgement
JCU Placement Procedure and Procedure for Infectious Disease - Student Declaration
Hand Hygiene Australia certificate
Graduate Diploma of Orthodontics
18 Dec 2020
Clinical ID cards are not the same as JCU Student ID cards. To get a Clinical ID, you must have first obtained a JCU Student ID.
During professional experience placement, you must wear your Clinical ID at all times, including placements 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. It should be returned to JCU on completion of your degree.
Lost or Expired Cards - If you lose your card or it expires before you complete your course, please send an email to email@example.com to receive instructions on how to get a new card.
Please read the below-listed JCU and DTHM placement procedures, and complete and sign the Student Declaration to confirm that you have read and understood them.
The below documents contains vital information for all students of the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine (DTHM) about the responsibilities of both students and the University concerning professional experience placement.
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.
The Working with Children Check (QLD Blue Card) is a screening process that assesses your suitability to work with children based on available disciplinary and police information. It is your responsibility to maintain a current Blue Card throughout your course. You must renew your Blue Card before it expires to maintain its currency.
Applying for a Queensland Working with Children Check (QLD Blue Card) has changed.
All applications are now completed online, and new Blue Cards will now display your photo.
All applications (including renewals and linking) will require you to have a Customer Reference Number (CRN) from the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR). You can find your CRN on your QLD Drivers Licence or QLD Proof of Age Card. QLD Blue Card Services is now verifying your identity this way.
Please note your photo must have been taken within the last six years and nine months. If your image is older than six years and nine months, you will need to visit a Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads office or alternate agency to have a new photo taken. There is no cost for updating your photo.
IMPORTANT: You will not be able to register on the QLD Blue Card Services online portal without your CRN.
Once you have your Queensland Department of Main Roads and Transport Customer Reference Number (CRN) you can proceed with the online registration and application process.
Please read the below information carefully.
NEW QLD Working with Children Check Application
Visit QLD Blue Card Services, scroll down, click on the Register for an online account button and enter the required information.
Once you complete the registration section, you will get a registration account number (6 digits).
Email your registration account number to firstname.lastname@example.org - please make your subject heading "Blue Card Registration Code - (insert your full name)"
The DTHM Placement team will activate your registration account number, linking you to JCU. (Please allow up to 48 business hours for this to be actioned)
Once activated, you will receive a text message from QLD Blue Card Services to advise that you can now proceed with your online application. Return to the Blue Card Services website and click on the 'Log in to the online applicant portal' (this cannot be completed until JCU activates your code).
Once QLD Blue Card Services have approved your application, you will receive a confirmation email, and your new Blue Card will be mailed to your nominated address. JCU is also notified that your card has been approved and will update InPlace accordingly.
RENEWAL Applications (current Blue Card already linked to JCU)
Application submitted before current Blue Card expires
Please note, as advised above you will require a CRN and photo recorded with the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads to complete your application.
Visit QLD Blue Card Services, scroll down, click on the Register Now button and enter the required information.
As you are already linked to JCU, you will be able to continue with your renewal application via the 'Log in to the online applicant portal'.
Once QLD Blue Card Services approve your renewal application, you will receive a confirmation email, and your new Blue Card will be mailed to your nominated address. JCU is also notified that your card has been renewed and will update InPlace accordingly.
Application submitted after your Blue Card has expired
Please see the process to complete a New QLD Working with Children Check Application as above.
Link your current paid/volunteer card to James Cook University
Email a copy of your current QLD Blue Card to email@example.com. Please make your subject heading 'Link current Blue Card'.
The DTHM Placement team will link your current QLD Blue Card to James Cook University. (Please allow up to 48 business hours for this to be actioned)
You will receive an email from QLD Blue Card Services that your QLD Blue Card is linked to James Cook University.
It is also your responsibility to ensure your contact details are up to date with Blue Card Services.
Prior to placement, you must obtain a National Police Certificate (NPC), which is issued by the Australian Federal Police (AFP).
It is important to begin the application process as soon as possible because the certificate can take up to 3 months to process and finalise. Application costs must be borne by you, the student.
A National Police Check obtained from a third party organisation is NOT an acceptable alternative to an NPC issued by the Australian Federal Police.
A fingerprint check is not required.
Section 8 of the NPC application form (Purpose of Check) asks you to select the one main purpose of your application by checking a box beside a code number. You should check code number 37 (Care, instruction or supervision of children/ Care of intellectually disabled persons / Aged Care staff/volunteers).
The NPC states that the 'information contained in this document is valid as at date displayed', i.e. when issued. However, for the purposes of satisfying requirements of most placement facilities, including registered aged care facilities, the certificate is valid for 3 years from the date of issue.
Students are required to complete an Australian Nationally Accredited First Aid and CPR training course.
Please make an appointment with a registered training organisation that offers the following course codes -
First Aid - Provide First Aid HLTAID003 or HLTAID011 (includes CPR component) - First Aid valid for 3 years.
CPR renewal - Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation HLTAID001 or HLTAID009 - CPR valid for 1 year.
First Aid and CPR certificates from Queensland Health facilities (Non-Accredited Training Provider) and online courses are not accepted. Students must attend the training course in person. First Aid and CPR Certificates provided by Non-Accredited Training Providers will not be accepted.
If you are a registered Health Practitioner (e.g. Registered Nurse/Pharmacist), you are exempt from submitting First Aid. However, you are required to submit a valid CPR certificate from a registered training organisation annually.
It is the student's responsibility to meet the costs of an Accredited First Aid and CPR course.
Clinical placements in Residential Aged Care Facilities - Influenza Vaccination 2021
From the 3rd of May 2021, students undertaking a placement in a Queensland Residential Aged Care or Multi-Purpose Heath Service facility or who may visit an aged care facility during their placement must have the 2021 influenza vaccination before they can enter.
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.
You are required to provide evidence of completed immunisation course or proof that you are immune to Hepatitis B (Seroconverted).
Measles, Mumps & Rubella
Documented evidence of positive antibody (IgG) for each on serology or documented evidence of 2 MMR vaccinations at least one month apart.
Documented evidence of positive varicella antibody (IgG) on serology or two doses of varicella vaccine at least one month apart (evidence of one dose is sufficient if the person received their first dose before 14 years of age).
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, discuss this with your doctor. You will need to start the immunisation process as soon as possible, as some courses take six months to complete.
Prior to commencing a placement, you are required to access the QLD Health iLearn online learning system and register as a student. Please note that when you commence the registration process you will be taken to a Frequently Asked Questions page, take a moment to read over the instructions for completing the student registration process. Q Health recommends you use the Firefox browser.
Student Registrations are processed Monday to Friday and you will receive an email once your registration is complete.
Once you are registered and receive the login details you are required to complete the below-listed courses. Please use search for courses on iLearn to find the correct course names listed below. On completion of each module, please print the applicable certificate and file this in your placement portfolio. You may be asked to show this evidence while on placement.
Building Emergency Procedures - First Response Evacuation Instructions - approx. 30 minutes to complete (annual requirement)
Health Safety and Wellbeing Induction - approx. 20 minutes to complete (once only)
Prevention and Management of Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD) - approx. 30 minutes to complete (once only)
Code of Conduct - approx. 20 minutes to complete (annual requirement)
Once you have completed the Queensland Health orientation requirements you must complete the Student Orientation Checklist.
Please note that you do not need to add a completion date/expiry date for the 'Building Specific emergency procedures' or 'General evacuation instructions' unless you complete site-specific training e.g Townsville HHS Fire Training.
Infection Control - you do not need to add a completion date/expiry date for this item, as it will be completed while on placement. Please update the checklist once you complete the training.
Don't forget to add in all of the required information (including the name of your course and university name) at the bottom of Page 2 and sign.
Please scan and email both forms (Student Orientation Checklist and Student Deed Poll) to the Professional Placement Unit. Please ensure you include every page of each document and label each document clearly.
The Townsville Hospital and Health Service (THHS) require all students doing a placement at any of the THHS facilities, including regional hospitals and community health centres to complete Fire & Evacuation training.
When undertaking a placement at the Townsville University Hospital, please complete training for the Main Hospital Building (Ground Level, Level 1, Level 2, Level 3) and the Sub Acute building. This certification is only valid for 12 months. If completing a placement at any of the other THHS facilities, please complete the training applicable to that facility.
The hand hygiene online learning module provides education on hand hygiene and, more broadly, the principles of infection prevention and control.
You will be required to register on your first visit to the National Hand Hygiene Initiative website. Please register as a student and select the Student Health Practitioners Module (e.g all students) training package. The module should take approximately 15-30 minutes to complete.
After completing the learning package and correctly answering all of the quiz questions a completion certificate will be emailed to you. Please provide a copy of the certificate to the Professional Experience Placement Unit. You should retain a copy of the certificate in your professional portfolio to take with you to your professional experience placement.
To undertake a clinical observation or placement in the JCU Clinics at the Clinical Practice Building students must complete additional requirements as listed below:
Fire & Evacuation Training - Please select location Clinical Practice Building, select Visitor and then select Levels 1 and 2. Once you complete the training, you will receive a certificate which will be valid for 12 months.
Students on placements must make sure they’ve completed the relevant requirements in the table provided, this includes a current criminal history check (less than 3 years) and a working with children clearance (also called an Ochre Card) at your own cost. If you have the form NT working with children volunteer concession form completed by your placement coordinator, this can reduce the cost of the Ochre card. Students will also need to provide a recent hand hygiene certificate.
Take note of the Immunisation requirements.
Students are to produce Certified copies of vaccination and confirming serology documents for the following vaccine-preventable diseases:
Measles, Mumps & Rubella
Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis
Hepatitis A (if you will be working with children or in remote communities)
Tuberculosis (dependent on work area) – Mantoux test.
Dental Students: To participate in placement activities NT Oral Health requires you to have had a current Influenza vaccination and be completely vaccinated for COVID19 prior to the commencement of your placement.
Additional requirements for Alice Springs
AFP Certificate - Criminal History check to be issued within 6 months of placement commencement. JCU Students are eligible to apply through the Northern Territory Police as a volunteer at a minimal cost of $14. Please have the Volunteer Form signed by your Placement Office. Once this is completed Apply here
Before placements in NSW Health facilities can proceed, James Cook University must have a current Student Placement Agreement with the Local Health District in which the placement is to occur. Without the Student Placement Agreement, the placement cannot proceed.
All forms should be emailed to your JCU Placement Coordinator in the first instance and then emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Students undertaking clinical placements in hospitals or other health services in NSW are not required to obtain a Working with Children Check however, Students must ensure that their Queensland Working with Children check (Blue Card) remains current.
Whilst you are preparing your mandatory requirements for verification, your JCU Placement Coordinator will enter your Name, DOB, email address and Student ID number on Clinconnect, the NSW Student Placement Portal. All student placements in NSW Health facilities are processed through Clinconnect.
When the NSW Placement coordinator has reviewed your mandatory requirements, they will then update your status to “Verified” on Clinconnect. This will then allow the processing of your placement to be approved.
Approximately 2 weeks prior to the commencement of your placement, the Student will receive an email to inform you of your StaffLink ID and temporary password.
Mandatory Online Learning Modules
Students will be required to log in to My Health Learning with their eight-digit StaffLink ID username and password.
Students will be compliant with mandatory training when all modules are listed as Completed except for Hand Hygiene which when completed will be termed, Current. It is advised that you start and complete a module in the one session. All modules need to be completed before the placement commences.
The mandatory modules include:
Privacy – It’s yours to keep (replaces Privacy Module 1 - Know your boundaries: students must complete the new module)
Work, Health & Safety and Hazardous Manual Tasks (replaces Introduction to Work Health and Safety: students must complete the new module)
Introduction to Work, Health and Safety
Between the Flags – Tier 1: Awareness, Charts and Escalation (eLearning)
Cyber Security Fundamentals
Infection Prevention and Control Practices - Clinical (Course Cod: 46777047)
Personal Protective Equipment for Combined Transmission Based Precautions (Course Code: 294450660)
eHealth NSW is strengthening security for NSW Health’s corporate systems by asking NSW Health students to set up a profile. This profile will provide greater security and will help students to more easily spot security threats. It will also enable students to reset their passwords without having to contact the State-Wide Service Desk.
JCU is offering a significant number of scholarships and bursaries to eligible students to support costs associated with attending Work Integrated Learning (placements) in 2021. Details are below.
Applications close 31 October 2021.
Applications can be made retrospectively (i.e., for placements already completed in 2021).
Work Integrated Learning (WIL)/Placement Scholarship
Students enrolled in a confirmed placement of a minimum of 1 week or 36 hours in length, arranged within the 2021 academic year will be eligible for a base amount of $500; plus an additional $250 per week, when required to relocate from semester residential address to undertake the placement. The maximum amount of scholarship per placement will be $3,000.
Bursaries to be awarded to students who undertook a minimum of 100 hours of Work Integrated Learning (WIL) or placement in 2021. The students will be required to have completed, undertaking or enrolled in a confirmed WIL or placement which does not require relocation from the student's semester residential address.
The bursary value for eligible applicants is $500.