What you need to do
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.
Website: College of Medicine and Dentistry.
COVID-19 Update: Clinical placements restrictions in QLD as of 6 September 2021
- For the local government areas of Brisbane City Council, Gold Coast City Council, Ipswich City Council, Lockyer Valley Regional Council, Logan City Council, Moreton Bay Regional Council, Noosa Shire Council, Redland City Council, Scenic Rim Regional Council, Somerset Regional Council and Sunshine Coast Regional Council: Only students fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can enter hospitals, residential aged care facilities, and disability accommodation services to undertake a clinical placement. These local government areas remain impacted areas.
- For South West Hospital and Health Service facilities: Full vaccination against COVID-19 is required for students attending a QHealth facility for placement. This requirement is ongoing.
- For all other areas of Queensland: Full vaccination against COVID-19 is not currently required (unless have been in an impacted or restricted area in the preceding 14 days).
More information is available at https://www.health.qld.gov.au/employment/clinical-placement/covid-19-and-clinical-placements.
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 aged care workforce (including students on placement)
On 28 June 2021, National Cabinet agreed some changes to vaccination against COVID-19 for the aged care workforce. Specifically:
- COVID-19 vaccinations are to be mandated for residential aged care workers as a condition of working in an aged care facility; and
- that at least the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine be administered by mid-September 2021 for all residential aged care workforce. The required date has now been determined as 16 September 2021.
For the purposes of this mandate, the aged care 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. Healthcare Students are in the 1B cohort, and most vaccination clinics will have priority appointments available for them.
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.
QLD Health - Hospital Vaccination clinics:
- Townsville Campus Healthcare Students: Townsville University Hospital COVID-19 Vaccination Hub info.
- Cairns Campus Healthcare Students: Cairns Hospital COVID-19 Vaccination info.
- 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 (avail from myGov) or another evidence document to firstname.lastname@example.org so that your InPlace record can be updated. Students should also update the 'Other Vaccinations' section of the QLD Health Student Orientation Checklist.