Before attending professional experience placements, students must complete a number of compulsory pre-placement compliance requirements. These requirements are for the protection of the student and for those who come into contact with the student during placement.
Placements cannot be allocated until all compulsory pre-placement compliance requirements have been met. To achieve compliance, you must ensure that:
You must ensure you allow adequate time to complete your pre-placement compliance activities. Some compliance activities may take weeks to months to complete, such as some police checks and vaccination courses.
There are three main areas of compliance in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences:
|Course / Discipline
||Criminal history screenings||Immunisations|
|Applied Gerontology||Not applicable|
|Disability & Community Inclusion||Y||N|
|Nutrition & Dietetics||Y||Y|
|Palliative Care||Not applicable|
|Public Health||Not applicable|
|Rehabilitation & Aged Care||Y||Y|
|Social Health Science||Y||N|
If you are unsure of your relevant pre-placement compliance requirements, please do not hesitate contacting the College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CoNHSplacements@flinders.edu.au).
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?
Further information can be found on the DCSI website.
Valid for three years
We can accept a National Police Certificate (NPC) providing:
For further information on ACIC accredited bodies, please refer to the ACIC website.
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:
For further information, please see the SAPOL VOAN Volunteer Frequently Asked Questions.
Have you resided in a country other than Australia for more than one year within the last 10 years since your 18th birthday?
If yes, you must provide a satisfactory ICHC:
Please note, you may already have a suitable ICHC completed as part of your visa application.
Your ICHC remains valid as long as you have not resided in the relevant country for a combined period of more than one year since the check was completed.
Examples of when you are required to obtain an ICHC
Example 1: You are currently 20 years of age. You moved from to Australia from China when you were 18 years and 6 months of age. Since living in Australia, you have returned to China to visit family once for 1 month. You have therefore resided in China for a total of 7 months in the last 10 years since your 18th birthday. You do not need an ICHC.
Example 2: You are currently 30 years of age. You moved to Australia from the USA when you were 25 years of age. Prior to moving to Australia, you have always resided in the USA. You have therefore resided in the USA for 5 years in the last 10 years since your 18th birthday. You will need an ICHC from the USA.
Example 3: You are currently 22 years of age. You spent 1 year and 6 months working in the UK when you were 18 years of age. You have therefore resided in the UK for more than one year in the last 10 years since your 18th birthday. You will need an ICHC from the UK.
Example 4: You are 22 years of age. You grew up in Malaysia and moved to Singapore when you were 19 years and 6 months of age. You lived in Singapore for 2 years before moving to Australia. You have therefore resided in both Malaysia and Singapore for more than one year in the last 10 years since your 18th birthday. You will need an ICHC from Malaysia and Singapore.
When requiring the services of a JP, please ensure you:
You can find JPs:
For your protection, as well as that of other's whom you come into contact with on your professional experience placements, it is essential that your immunisation history is complete and up-to-date prior to attending your placements.
You are responsible for reading and understanding the Flinders University Immunisation, Standard and Precautionary Advisory Booklet.
You must print, read, understand and sign the Flinders University Form A: Infection and Immunisation Declaration.
You must have Form B: Medical Practitioner Statement completed by a medical practitioner. Your medical practitioner 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.
Hepatitis B: You must ensure you take all reasonable steps to complete your full Hepatitis B vaccination course with the aim to demonstrate immunity to Hepatitis B.
Poliomyelitis: Your Form B must include evidence of three doses of the poliomyelitis vaccination. If you know you have been fully vaccinated in the past but no longer have the record(s), you may be able to complete a poliomyelitis statutory declaration instead, please see below.
Note: You are not required to complete the new Form B if you already have an existing Form B or Record of Immunisation. Please however ensure you are up-to-date with the current SA Health immunisation requirements on page 2 of the latest Form B (as above)
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. Please be aware that you may be refused a placement on this basis, which may impact your ability to complete the course.
You will need the supporting serology reports for any immunity solely confirmed by blood test. In addition, Hepatitis B must be confirmed by blood test even if you have a record of vaccination.
If you do not have documented evidence of at least three doses of the poliomyelitis vaccine but know you have been fully vaccinated, you can complete a Statutory Declaration stating that you have had the full poliomyelitis vaccination.
This Declaration must be signed before a Justice of the Peace (JP), a Commissioner for Taking Affidavits or a Notary Public. Please see below for further information on accessing JPs.
You must complete the online SA Tuberculosis Services screening questionnaire and follow any instructions you receive by email from SA TB Services.
Please print your email from SA TB Services confirming the outcome of your screening.
Depending on your assessment outcome, additional testing may be required by SA TB Services. Please retain your SA TB Services Attendance Slip if this was required.
If you are required to attend SA TB Services, you may be need to undertake the Tuberculin Skin Test. This test will be delayed if you have had a live virus vaccine within the last 4 weeks. We therefore recommend completing the TB screening process prior to obtaining your vaccinations if time permits.
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.
When requiring the services of a JP, please ensure you:
You can find JPs:
You must print, read, understand and sign the Flinders University Fitness to Undertake Placement Declaration.
If you have an existing or develop an illness or disability that may impede your ‘fitness for practice’, you must have the Flinders University Fitness for clinical practice form complete by a medical practitioner. This form needs to be submitted to the Topic Coordinator as soon as possible (for existing conditions, at least two weeks prior to the start of the semester).
For more information, please see the Flinders University Fitness for Clinical Practice Protocol.
Please ensure you print, read, understand and sign the SA Health Deed Poll.
Valid for three years (or until new program content is released)
You are required to complete the Flinders University Pre-Place Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Preparation Program. This program is available on Flinders Learning Online (FLO). It provides information and activities to assist with workplace learning, including:
Please ensure you complete all three modules of the program and print the 'User Report' (accessed via 'Grades') as evidence of completion.
Depending on your course, you may be required to attend accredited Basic Emergency Life Support (HLTAID001) and/or Provide First Aid (HLTAID003) course. Training must be provided by a registered and Nationally Recognised Training Organisation and must include both practical and theoretical components.
Course providers may include:
Valid for one year
You are required to complete the online Hand Hygiene Australia Learning Management System education modules.
Please ensure you print and keep your certificate upon completion of the course.
You are required to read and understand the SA Health Clinical Placement Requirements for Healthcare Students.
You will only need to complete the full day, face-to-face RAN-EC training course once. After this, you will only need to complete the online refresher in subsequent training cycles (prior to the expiry of your current certificate).
For further information and training providers, please refer to the DECD RAN-EC training website.
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).
The Student Placement WHS Induction Checklist (PDF 107KB) 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: