COVID-19 Advice for the JCU Community - Last updated: 5 May 2022, 3pm (AEST)

Sport and Exercise Science

What you need to do

As a JCU professional health student, it is your responsibility to ensure all pre-placement requirements (PPRs) are met. 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.

View the 2022 Sport and Exercise Science Placement Ladder

View the Sport and Exercise Science Placement Checklist

Pre-placement enquiries: Please contact the Professional Experience Placement Unit. All other enquiries to ses-ep-clined@jcu.edu.au

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COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements for Students (updated 5 May 2022)

The following directions have been updated:

Isolation for Diagnosed Cases of COVID-19 and Management of Close Contacts Direction (No. 7) | Queensland Health

  1. Students are now included with employees as workers within a vulnerable setting for returning to work as a close contact.
  2. A student who is in the post-isolation period or a close contact can enter a vulnerable or high-risk setting if they:
  • remain without symptoms consistent with COVID-19,
  • comply with the vaccination requirements of the vulnerable facility,
  • Advise the facility of their close contact status,
  • Wear a surgical mask and/or comply with any other PPR requirements and
  • Undertakes a COVID-19 test and receives a negative test result on the day of their first shift and every second day thereafter until Day 6

Requirements for International Arrivals Direction | Queensland Health

  1. Students are now included with employees as workers within a vulnerable setting for returning to work following international travel.
  2. Students who enter Queensland from a place outside of Australia are now permitted to enter a vulnerable or high-risk setting if they:
  • comply with the vaccination requirements of the facility
  • have no symptoms consistent with COVID-19
  • undertake COVID-19 testing before commencing duties and every second day for 7 days,
  • use appropriate PPE until 7 days have passed and
  • the facility agrees.

Hospital entry guidelines (12 March)

A student is permitted to enter or remain at a hospital in the State of Queensland, if they:

  • have received the prescribed number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Comply with face mask requirements and any other additional personal protective equipment requirements of the facility
  • do not have symptoms consistent with COVID -19 and are not a diagnosed person; and
  • have ceased being a diagnosed person, and it has been 7 days since the end of isolation.

Residential Aged Care Visitor Direction (includes Multipurpose Healthcare Facilities) (12 March)

vaccinated student must provide evidence of having received the prescribed number of doses of their COVID-19 vaccine and a booster dose where eligible.

QLD Health - Hospital Vaccination clinics:

Mater Health Facilities Queensland

Mater Health Facilities across Queensland require:

  1. Students who have been COVID-19 positive or a close contact must wait an additional 7 days following their release from isolation/ quarantine before entering a vulnerable facility. This means that anyone in isolation/ quarantine must wait 14 days before attending or resuming placement.
  2. If any student is planning international travel, they need to be aware that they are not allowed onto a Mater Site for placement for 14 days from their return date and adhere to the below steps;
  • is fully vaccinated and up to date with their vaccinations including boosterand
  • has no COVID-19 symptoms and is not a diagnosed person; and
  • they undertake a COVID-19 test and receive a negative test result before commencing placement
  • results need to be forwarded to your JCU Placement Coordinator

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.

It is recommended that students download Adobe Acrobat Reader to be able to fill/sign forms. This is a free program. Click here to download Adobe Acrobat Reader.

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.

DTHM Professional Experience Placement Procedures

DTHM Procedure for Infectious Disease

JCU Social Media Policy

JCU Student Conduct Policy

JCU Professional Experience Placement Requirements Procedure

JCU Review of a Student's Suitability to continue a Course involving Placement

JCU WHS - PRO-023 Infection Control Procedure

Once you have completed and signed the above-linked Student Declaration, please email it to the Professional Experience Placement Unit.

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

It is recommended that students download Adobe Acrobat Reader to be able to fill/sign forms. This is a free program. Click here to download Adobe Acrobat Reader.

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.

Download, complete, sign and email the Confidentiality Acknowledgement to the Professional Experience Placement Unit and retain a copy for your professional portfolio.

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.

First-Year Students - After the census date, you will receive an email from the Professional Experience Placement Unit with instructions on how to order and collect your card. (Townsville Building 134 and Cairns A1).  Cost $15

Once you collect your card please scan and email a copy of it to dthmplacements@jcu.edu.au

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 dthmplacements@jcu.edu.au to receive instructions on how to get a new card. Cost $15

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.

Identification

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.

If you do not have a CRN number, you can obtain one by visiting, in person, a Transport and Main Roads (TMR) office.  If there is no TMR office in your location, you can visit a QLD Police Station or a Queensland Government Agent Program (QGAP) office.

You will need to take along 100pts of Identification for ID verification.  Once verified, your photo is taken, and you are issued with a CRN.  There is no cost if you are not applying for a QLD Drivers Licence or Proof of Age card.

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

  1. Visit  QLD Blue Card Services, scroll down, click on the Register for an online account button and enter the required information.
  2. Once you complete the registration section, you will get a registration account number (6 digits).
  3. Email your registration account number to dthmplacements@jcu.edu.au - please make your subject heading "Blue Card Registration Code - (insert your full name)"
  4. 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)
  5. 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).
  6. 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.

  1. Visit  QLD Blue Card Services, scroll down, click on the Register Now button and enter the required information.
  2. 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'.
  3. 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
  1. 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

  1. Email a copy of your current QLD Blue Card to dthmplacements@jcu.edu.au. Please make your subject heading 'Link current Blue Card'.
  2. 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)
  3. 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. 

if you change your address or phone number, you must contact QLD Blue Card Services

If you have a lost/damaged card, you must also notify QLD Blue Card Services

All workers and volunteers, including students, who work within a registered NDIS provider and with NDIS-funded participants, are now required to hold a disability Worker Screening Clearance Card. Please review the Agency information for your allocated placements in InPlace to determine whether you are required to complete a disability worker screening clearance.

New clearance required - If you do not already hold a valid clearance, you will need to apply for the screening via the QLD Department of Communities. Please read through this application guide before commencing the process.

  1. Register for an online account. Like the Blue Card process, you will require your CRN from the Department of Main Roads to complete this process (Drivers Licence, Proof of Age Card, Photo Identity Card - your photo must have been taken within the last five years and three months).
  2. Complete application - when going through the online application, please enter the following information for Purpose & Role.
    1. Select Volunteer
    2. Select - NDIS Improved Health and Wellbeing
    3. Enter Employer Details - In the first instance please search and select James Cook University - Registration/Employer ID 4-433C-1951
  3. As your clearance will be linked to JCU, we will get notification of your card information and will update InPlace accordingly.
  4. Please note that some of the placement facilities may require you to link your clearance to their organisation for the duration of your placement. Make sure you have your card/confirmation email available if requested by the organisation.

Existing Worker Clearance - If you already hold a valid clearance, please ensure you email a scanned copy of your Worker Screening Card to dthmplacements@jcu.edu.au, and we will add your details to InPlace. You must provide your Worker Screening Clearance Card details to your placement provider if requested so that they can link you to their organisation for the period of your placement.

Please submit your application as soon as possible once your placement/s have been released to ensure your clearance is approved before you commence. Once approved, it is valid for five years.

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, visit the Australian Federal Police National Police Checks website.

When you receive your certificate, provide a copy to the Professional Experience Placement Unit.

International Students

If, at any time after turning 16, you have been a citizen or permanent resident of a country other than Australia, you will need to complete this Commonwealth  Statutory Declaration to meet the aged care requirements of a Criminal History Check.

Vaccine Preventable Diseases Immunisation Requirements

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 must be protected from the following diseases:

Disease

Vaccination Evidence Required

Hepatitis B

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 two MMR vaccinations at least one month apart.

Varicella

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).

Pertussis

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

International Students must have their vaccination records translated into English and complete all forms in English.

COVID-19 Vaccination

According to the public health directive Workers in a healthcare setting (COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements) Direction all students undertaking educational placements at either a QLD Health facility (public) and in all Healthcare settings will be required to be fully vaccinated (i.e. a person 16 years and over has received the prescribed number of doses and one week has passed) against COVID-19 prior to the commencement of the placement.

Evidence of vaccination compliance must be provided to the DTHM Placement Unit or to dthmplacements@jcu.edu.au. Students should only provide a copy of their Apple/Android wallet version of their COVID-19 vaccination certificate. DO NOT provide a copy of the full certificate from Medicare or MyGov. If the Medicare certificate is the only evidence the student has they must block out the Individual Healthcare Identifier (IHI) number.

Influenza Vaccination (FluVax)

Students undertaking a placement in a Residential Aged Care or Multi-Purpose Heath Service facility, or who may visit an aged care facility during their placement, must have a current influenza vaccination before they can enter.

Please email proof of this vaccination to dthmplacements@jcu.edu.au.

While not yet mandatory for all placements, we strongly recommend that all students get the latest influenza vaccination.

If you cannot be vaccinated due to a medical condition, please get a letter from your doctor and email it to the above address.

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.

Please email a copy of the completed 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.

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.

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.

National Hand Hygiene Initiative Online Training (please note that your login details for Hand Hygiene Australia will work on this website)

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.

JCU Student Confidentiality Deed - Read and sign to confirm understanding.

JCU Health - Student Pre-Placement Manual - Read and understand.

Please submit the Fire & Evacuation Certificate and the signed Confidentiality Deed via email to dthmplacements@jcu.edu.au