InPlace update: Please note you are not yet required to upload your compliance documents in InPlace. You will be provided with instructions once this is available.
There are three main areas of compliance paperwork that are generally required 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|
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 website.
Valid for three years
As of 2018, SA Health also requires all healthcare students to have a National Police Certificate (NPC) in addition to their DCSI screenings.
We can accept an existing National Police Certificate 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 and going on placements to receive their required 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.
You must provide a satisfactory criminal history record from each of the overseas countries in which you have resided for more than one year within the last 10 years since your 18th birthday.
You may already have a suitable ICHC completed as part of a visa application. If not, you can obtain an ICHC:
Please ensure you also have a certified translation if your ICHC is not in English.
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.
Overseas criminal history checks conducted by external provider Fit2Work will satisfy the SA Health requirements for overseas applicants. The cost is $163.90 for each country (other than New Zealand which is $55) as at 18 December 2017. Please ensure you select 'Obtain my Individual ICHC'.
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 and must print, read and sign the Flinders University Form A: Infection and Immunisation Declaration.
You are required to have completed the relevant immunisations and have Form B: Medical Practitioner Statement completed by a medical practitioner.
Note: You are not required to complete the new Form B if you already have an existing Form B or Record of Immunisation.
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.
This Declaration must be signed before a Justice of the Peace (JP), a Commissioner for Taking Affidavits or a Notary Public. To find a JP, please refer to the Attorney-General's Department website..
You must complete the online SA Tuberculosis Service screening questionnaire and print the correspondence you receive from SA TB Services.
Depending on your assessment outcome, additional testing may be required by SA TB Services. Please retain your SA TB Services Attendance Slip in your portfolio 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 five 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.
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.
Valid for one year
Depending on your course/discipline, you may be required to attend accredited Basic Life Support or First Aid course that includes Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automatic External Defibrillation (AED) use. Students should ensure that they enrol and complete training courses with a registered and Nationally Recognised Training Organisation and that the course includes 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 are unsure of your relevant pre-placement compliance requirements, please do not hestiate contacting the College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CoNHSplacements@flinders.edu.au).
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: