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.
Important update on the COVID-19 Vaccination Rollout
JCU is following the advice of the Queensland Government with respect to its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. JCU clinical staff and students who are required to attend placements in healthcare settings are eligible to receive vaccination under phase 1A (some staff) or 1B (remaining clinical staff and all health professional students on placement) of the COVID vaccine rollout. As a result, some students may have already commenced or completed, their vaccination. Information about the rollout is available here: Queensland COVID-19-Vaccine Rollout
JCU health students and staff should note the Special Broadcast (below) that was circulated to all Queensland Health staff on 8 April following the announcement by the Prime Minister that Australia has changed its position in relation to the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. The Federal government has secured further stock of the Pfizer vaccine and this will become more widely available over the next months. A helpful explanation about the decision making that led to the change regarding the AstraZeneca vaccine is available at https://burnet.edu.au/news/1406
Healthcare workers, including students undertaking clinical placements, are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
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.
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
Clinical ID cards are valid for the duration of your enrolment. They must 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 email@example.com - 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
If you have been allocated a placement with a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provider or state-funded disability provider, you may be required to hold a disability worker screening card. Please review the Additional Agency Details information for your allocated placements in InPlace to determine whether you are required to complete a disability worker screening clearance. If you are required to have completed this screening for your placement and do not already hold a valid clearance you will need to apply for the screening check. If you are required to have completed this screening for your placement and do already hold a valid clearance, please ensure you login to the Worker Portal and nominate your placement location as a new employer.
Once your application has been processed, please send either a copy of your Worker Screening Clearance Card or the email confirming your card details (Number, Type and Expiry Date), to email@example.com for recording on InPlace.
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.
QLD Residential Aged Care and Multi-Purpose Heath Service 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.
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.
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.