Immunisation

In order to progress to clinical placement you must be screened and provide evidence of your immunisation status. Immunisation is a mandatory requirement across all healthcare placement providers. Non-compliance with the Health Care Workers Immunisation Policy will prevent you from progressing to clinical placement.

The Division of Health Sciences Immunisation Requirements for Placement package provides details of the required immunisations for Health Care Workers (HCW) as per the Immunisation Guidelines for Health Care Workers in South Australia Policy Directive 2017

How do I satisfy UniSA immunisation requirements?

The University requires proof of your immunisation status through the completion of the Certificate of Compliance (page 7 & 8). You will be required to: 

  • Complete the Health Care Worker Immunisation Screening Questionnaire
  • Attend a Medical Practitioner to complete the immunisation Certificate of Compliance. You may attend any of the following:
  • Submit your completed and signed Certificate of Compliance (scan page 7 & 8 as one file) in accordance with you program specific student checklist.
  • Keep a hard copy of the Certificate of Compliance and copies of serology results ready for the commencement of placement in your Passport to Placement Folder.

How do I satisfy interstate immunisation requirements?

In addition to completing The Division of Health Sciences Immunisation Requirements for Placement package, students undertaking a placement in a state/territory listed below, should comply with the relevant state immunisation policies.

ACT |  QLD | NSW | NT | WAVIC & TAS             

Information about venue specific immunisation requirements are available via the Student Placement System. If unsure please contact the Clinical Placement Unit.


What defines a Health Care Worker (HCW)?

HCWs are defined as all those who have contact with patients or contact with blood or other body substances from patients in a health care or laboratory setting. This includes: medical, dental, nursing, allied health, emergency health care workers (ambulance and volunteer first aid workers), laboratory staff and mortuary workers, including all trainees and student health care workers in these groups


What if I have a blood borne virus, cannot show proof of sero-conversion or wish to refuse vaccination?

Please contact your Program Director to discuss your placement needs further and to develop a plan for progression. Whilst students have the right to confidentiality, they also have a responsibility to their clients and work colleagues. Students who choose to refuse vaccination should be aware that they may not be able to progress to placement due to being excluded from participating in Category A and B care activities (as per section 4.5 of the Health Care Workers Immunisation Policy)


Tuberculosis Screening

You must undertake screening for Tuberculosis (TB) with South Australian Tuberculosis Services prior to placement at SA Health/private partner sites. This screening is a mandatory South Australian Government requirement and students not screened will be removed from placement at these sites

How do I complete the Tuberculosis Screening?

  • Health Care students must complete the online tuberculosis screening questionnaire
    Should you have any difficulties accessing or completing the online questionnaire, please email satb@adelaide.on.net

  • After completion of the questionnaire, you will receive an email from SA TB Services that will advise you of further instructions to complete your tuberculosis screening. 
    * Once you have completed and submitted the questionnaire, please remember to check your email for your screening results

  • Students must complete the Health Care Worker Immunisation Screening Questionnaire and Certificate of Compliance (page 7). Submit your completed and signed Certificate of Compliance (page 7) in accordance with you program specific student checklist

  • Keep a hard copy of the Certificate of Compliance and tuberculosis screening results ready for the commencement of placement in your Passport to Placement Folder.

How long is the Tuberculosis Screening valid for?

In most cases, the screening is adequate for 5 years unless you have been exposed to someone with TB, have extensively travelled/worked abroad in a high-risk country, or completed an overseas placement, or are allocated to a venue where a more recent screening is mandatory.

Do I need to be re-screened?

If you have previously been screened at SA TB Services, you do not need to be re-screened. Students who have been exposed to someone with TB, have extensively travelled/worked abroad in a high-risk country, or completed an overseas placement since your last screening, must complete the process outlined above. Students who are allocated to a venue where a more recent screening is mandatory are requested to be re-screened.

What if the screening indicates 'High Risk'?

If the questionnaire indicates a student is a high risk category alert after completing online questionnaire they are emailed to make an appointment at the Chest Clinic.

The student will then follow the same process as pre-employment at SA Health.  They will have a Tuberculin Skin Test and/or Chest X-ray.  If latent TB monitored on a 6 month basis, follow-up X-ray and antibiotics.  If active TB they will be admitted into hospital and treated, also people they have been in contact will also be screened.  Skin test is not undertaken on Wednesday, because they need to report 2 days after for result interpretation.

Students should not complete the online questionnaire again because they have lost or deleted their original confirmation email.

Queries can be directed to:

Michelle Brigham, SA TB services, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide, SA
Emailmichelle.brigham@health.sa.gov.au

Further Information

If you have any queries, please contact SA TB Services, on (08) 7117 2967.  Do not contact your School or the CPU about whether your past screening is sufficient as only SA TB Services can make this decision and will do so based on the information you provide in the survey.

Tuberculosis FAQ (PDF 126KB)