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.
For further information, please visit the Australian Federal Police National Police Checks website. Start your online application now.
When you receive your certificate, please provide a copy to the Professional Experience Placement Unit.
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.
A copy of your proof of course completion (i.e. the certificate) must be emailed to the Professional Experience Placement Unit.
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 during COVID-19 - Influenza Vaccination
From the 1st of May 2020, students undertaking a placement in a Residential Aged Care Facility or who may visit an aged care facility during their placement must have the 2020 influenza vaccination before they can enter.
While not yet mandatory for all placements, we strongly recommend that all students get the latest influenza vaccination.
Once you have the vaccination, please email proof of this to firstname.lastname@example.org so that your InPlace record can be updated.
If you are unable to obtain your vaccination for reasons such as medical condition, please obtain a letter from your doctor and email it to the above address.
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, please 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.
JCU Health Record and Immunisation Form
It is a JCU requirement that ALL professional placement students have a doctor complete the applicable sections of the JCU Health Record and Immunisation Form. The doctor cannot be a relative.
|Section 1 - Vaccines Preventable Disease Evidence||ALL students to complete|
|Section 2 - Non-Responder to Hepatitis B Vaccine Acknowledgement||For students who are NOT immune to Hepatitis B|
|Section 3 - Exposure Prone Procedures||Not required|
|Section 4 - Inherent Requirements||ALL students to complete|
Once complete please email a copy of the form and any serology results if available to the Professional Experience Placement Unit
Further advice relating to vaccinations and immunisation is available through JCU Health General Practice, Level 1, Clinical Practice Building, JCU Townsville, Bebegu Yumba campus, Douglas or your General Practitioner. Recommended Vaccination Schedule at JCU Health General Practice.
For more vaccination information please visit the Queensland Health website.