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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.
JCU Placement Procedure and Procedure for Infectious Disease
As a JCU professional experience placement student, you are required to read the Professional Experience Placement Procedures for students within the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine. The document contains vital information for all students of the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine (DTHM) about the responsibilities of both students and the University in relation to professional experience placement. The document also contains important information about the principles underpinning the administration of student placement.
You are also required to read the Procedure for Infectious Disease for students within the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine. This document guides students and the patients or clients they encounter regarding duty of care and minimising the risk of spreading or contracting vaccination-preventable infectious or blood-borne diseases.
After reading these documents you must sign the Student Declaration, which confirms you have read and understood the contents of both procedures, and email the signed document to the Professional Experience Placement Unit.
JCU Confidentiality Acknowledgement
You must complete and sign the JCU Confidentiality Acknowledgement every year.
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.
JCU Student Clinical ID Card and Name Badge
The Professional Experience Placement Unit will notify you by email when to source your Clinical ID card. Cards can be sourced from the student centre; Townsville Building 134 and Cairns A1. The cost of the card to students is $15.
Clinical ID cards are used for placement and are not the same as JCU Student ID cards. To obtain 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. This includes placement 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 and must be returned to JCU at the completion of your course.
Working with Children Check – Blue Card
The Working with Children Check is a screening process that assesses your suitability to work with children based on known disciplinary and police information. You must only use the JCU version of the blue card applications as provided below.
Commence your application as soon as possible and submit it to the Professional Placement Unit for processing and submission. Note: that it can take up to 8 weeks to obtain a Blue Card. There is no fee for students and it is valid for three years. It must be renewed at least one month before its expiry date to retain currency.
It is your responsibility to maintain a current Blue Card throughout your course. It is also your responsibility to ensure your contact details are up to date with Blue Card Services. For example, if you change your address or phone number, you must contact Blue Card Services and provide your new details.
Start your Blue Card application
- Blue Card Application – Townsville, Mackay and Mount Isa Campuses
- Blue Card Application – Cairns and Thursday Island Campuses
Complete a Blue Card Application relevant to your campus and visit the Professional Experience Placement Unit along with all your other documents to verify your identification and submit your application.
*N.B. We do not encourage students to apply online for your Blue Card as documents need to be verified by the Professional Experience Placement Unit, therefore adding extra steps to the process.
If you reside more than 50 km outside Cairns or Townsville, you should have your identification verified by a Justice of the Peace (JP) or other prescribed person using the Confirmation of Identity Form. Then email both your application and confirmation of identity forms (preferably as pdf files) to Professional Experience Placement Unit. Enter Blue Card Application as the subject heading of your email.
If you already hold a current Blue Card
If you already hold a Blue Card you should complete a Link an Applicant or Card Holder to this Organisation Form to advise that you are undertaking child-related activities with additional organisations, under the responsibility of JCU.
Visit the Professional Experience Placement Unit in person to complete part G of the form and to submit the application, ensuring you bring two form of ID with you.
- Link an applicant or cardholder to JCU - Townsville, Mackay and Mount Isa Campuses
- Link an applicant or cardholder to JCU - Cairns and Thursday Island Campuses
Australian Federal Police (AFP) National Criminal History Check
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.
Health and Immunisation
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.
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
|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 provide 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, or your General Practitioner. Recommended Vaccination Schedule at JCU Health General Practice.
For more vaccination information please visit the Queensland Health website.
First Aid Certificate and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certificate
Students are required to complete an Australian Nationally Accredited First Aid and CPR training course prior to commencing your first professional experience placement, or by week 12 of the first teaching period, whichever comes first.
Please make an appointment that with a Registered Training Organisations that offer First Aid ‘Provide First Aid HLTAID003 (includes CPR)’ and/or CPR ‘Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation HLTAID001’ training.
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.
First Aid certificates are valid for 3 years and CPR certificates are valid for 12 months only.
A copy of your proof of course completion (i.e. the certificate) must be emailed to the Professional Experience Placement Unit.
It is the student's responsibility to meet the costs of an Accredited First Aid and CPR course.
Hand Hygiene Australia Online Learning Package
The Hand Hygiene Australia Online Learning Package was developed as a simple tool to test an individual’s knowledge of hand hygiene in healthcare.
You will be required to register on your first visit to the HHA training 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.
JCU Clinical Practice Building Orientation (Townsville Campus)
To undertake a clinical observation or placement at the JCU Clinical Practice Building, you must complete additional requirements and a compulsory questionnaire.
Visit the JCU College of Healthcare Sciences website for forms and links.
Submit the JCU Health Student Confidentiality Deed and the email confirming successful completion of the CPB Online Fire Training to the Professional Experience Placement Unit
Submit your PPRs
Please contact the Professional Experience Placement Unit
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