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 2020 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

Website: Healthcare Sciences.

Please read the below-listed placement procedures and then complete and sign the Student Declaration as confirmation of your understanding and compliance.

Professional Experience Placement Procedures

This 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 concerning professional experience placement. The document also contains important information about the principles underpinning the administration of student placement.

Procedure for Infectious Disease

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.

Student Declaration

Once you have completed and signed the student declaration, please email it to the Professional Experience Placement Unit.

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.

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

IMPORTANT UPDATE: The DTHM Placement Office will close from Monday 6th of April 2020.  Please read the changed Blue Card instructions below carefully to make sure your application is submitted correctly.

The Working with Children Check (QLD Blue Card System) is a screening process that assesses your suitability to work with children based on known disciplinary and police information.

You must use the JCU version of the blue card applications as provided below. Do not complete your application via the Blue Card website.

It is your responsibility to maintain a current Blue Card throughout your course. It must be renewed at least one month before its expiry date to retain currency.

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

  • Please commence your application as soon as possible. Note: 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.
  1. Complete the Blue Card Application relevant to your campus.
  2. Scan your application and your identification documents.  (Please do not scan bank or credit cards).
  3. Email these documents to dthmplacements@jcu.edu.au. In the email please specify a date and time (at least 24 hours in advance) whereby the placement team will be able to hold a 15-minute Zoom Meeting (video call) with you.  Meeting times must be  Monday to  Friday, and between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm,
  4. The placement team will then send you a Zoom Meeting invitation via email for your requested time.  Please accept the meeting request so that it is added to your calendar.
  5. At the time of your meeting, please access the session via the booking in your calendar.  Please ensure you have your original identification documents ready for sighting during the meeting.

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.

  1. The process for submitting your linking form is the same as the above process for Blue Card applications.

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.

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 dthmplacements@jcu.edu.au 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.

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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.

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 2 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.

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. The doctor cannot be a relative.

Section 1 - Vaccines Preventable Disease EvidenceALL students to complete
Section 2 - Non-Responder to Hepatitis B Vaccine AcknowledgementFor students who are NOT immune to Hepatitis B
Section 3 - Exposure Prone ProceduresNot required
Section 4 - Inherent RequirementsALL 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, 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 (includes CPR component) -  First Aid valid for 3 years.

CPR renewal - Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation HLTAID001 - 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