Several of our courses provide you with compulsory clinical experiences.
Before your placement, you must complete various pre-placement screenings and activities to ensure both your safety and the safety of the general public are maintained during your placement.
Placement guidelines and screening requirements are:
If you do not meet these guidelines and pre-placement requirements, you will be unable to attend your placement, which may prevent or delay you from completing your topic, and possibly your degree.
Registration standards for respective occupations define the amount of placement hours that you will need to successfully complete. Failure to successfully undertake or complete a placement will impact your ability to register as a health professional.
The following study areas provide clinical placements. Highlighted are the main areas of compliance, however each course has additional and specific requirements.
Each course or topic coordinator will provide you with specific instructions about placements before or during your study.
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For SA Placements
Department of Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI) screenings (Aged, Child, Vulnerable and Disability
Valid for three years (unless revoked prior)
SA Health requires all students undertaking a placement in South Australia to hold current Department of Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI) screenings for the following types:
A new screening can only be initiated if there is six months or less remaining prior to the expiry of an existing screening. The DCSI recommend you allow as much time as possible (within this period) for the screening check to be completed.
How do I obtain a new DCSI screening?
More information can be found on the DCSI Screening web site.
National Police Clearance
National Police Certificate (NPC)
Valid for three years
We can accept a National Police Certificate (NPC) providing:
International students will not require an NPC after 6 months of residency in Australia.
How do I obtain a National Police Certificate (NPC) free of charge?
Flinders University classifies as a volunteer organisation with the South Australian Police and has a Volunteer Organisation Authority Number (VOAN). This enables students who reside in South Australia to receive their NPC free of charge. To receive your NPC free of charge, please ensure you follow the process below:
Form B: Certificate of Compliance
You are required to have completed the relevant immunisations and have the Certificate of compliance Form B – 2019 (PDF 261KB) completed by an immunisation provider. Your immunisation provider may review existing immunisation records (please take these with you to your appointment), request blood tests to confirm your immunity status and/or administer any outstanding immunisations.
Upon completion of the Form B, you must ensure that your immunisation provider provides you with copies of all supporting documentation, including vaccination records and blood test (serology) results.
Tuberculosis (TB) screening
You must meet the screening requirements of SA TB Services There are three stages to the clearance process. Many students will only need to complete the first stage, however some students will also need to complete the second or third stage.
The first step is to complete the online SA Tuberculosis Service screening questionnaire. Following this you will receive an email from SA TB Services. This email will either:
IMPORTANT: Some vaccinations can interfere with the blood test that is used to screen for Tuberculosis. For this reason, you should delay any vaccinations until AFTER you have been cleared by SA TB Services, or until you have received your IGRA test results.
Once you are advised that you have completed the TB Screening Requirements, you must provide evidence of this to the college.
Your TB screening is valid for 5 years providing you have not since worked in an area with a high TB prevalence or have been in contact with someone who has active TB.
For further information, please refer to SA TB Services Information Pack (PDF 398KB) or the SA TB Services resources page.
Please note the following:
Hepatitis B: You are required to confirm your immunity to Hepatitis B via blood test. This is to be done 4-8 weeks after your final (3rd) dose of the vaccine. Please contact the college if you are unable to demonstrate immunity.
Poliomyelitis: Your Form B must include dates of 3 doses of the poliomyelitis vaccine. If you know you have been fully vaccinated in the past but no longer have the record(s), you can complete the Poliomyelitis Statutory Declaration instead.
Vaccination Refusal: If you refuse to be screened or vaccinated, or cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons, please complete the Flinders University student health care worker immunisation refusal form Immunisation Standard & Precautionary Booklet (PDF 433KB) . Please be aware that you may be refused a placement on this basis, which may impact your ability to complete the course.
If you have an existing illness or disability that could impact your ability to successfully undertake a clinical placement, you must advise your topic coordinator before starting your placement.
More information: Contact a University Disability Advisor to discuss an access plan.
If you do not declare a pre-existing illness or impairment that could either place the public at substantial risk of harm, or impact your ability to complete the requirements of your placement, you will be withdrawn from placement.
More information: Withdrawal of student from placement and Section 143 of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (SA) Act 2010.
You must participate in relevant training before starting a placement, which may include:
Host organisations are responsible to ensure their workplace is safe for students on placement.
During placements, you must comply with any reasonable safety instructions, rules or procedures of the host organisation (e.g. wearing personal protective equipment).
An induction checklist must be completed at the start of each placement by either your placement supervisor, or by another appropriate member of staff.
Keep a copy of the completed checklist, with the original kept by your supervisor.
If you are injured or involved in an incident or accident while on placement you should report the event immediately. You are required to: