NSW Health Requirements
NSW Health requires that all medical students placed in any of its facilities are compliant with its requirements. This applies to students who undertake clinical placements or require access in any capacity to its facilities which includes all the teaching hospitals used by UNSW Medicine. This means that all students studying Medicine at UNSW must be compliant throughout the duration of their studies.
Please visit our NSW Health Requirements website for all the details and documents needed. We encourage students to prepare the documentation - especially the vaccination requirements - in the year before starting their studies at UNSW Medicine.
Blood-borne Viruses and Immunisation
In order to be enrolled in the UNSW Medicine Program, students must agree to comply with the Faculty’s Immunisation and Blood-borne Viruses Policy, which aims to minimise the risk of medical students contracting or spreading an infectious disease or blood-borne virus, such as HIV, and Hepatitis B or C. Students must also be registered with the NSW Medical Board. Registrants with the Board (including student registrants) who undertake or could reasonably be expected to undertake exposure-prone procedures have a professional responsibility to take appropriate steps to know their infective status in relation to blood-borne viruses. All students in the Medicine Program could ordinarily be expected to undertake exposure-prone procedures and all students in the Program must know their infective status. A registrant (student) who is aware he or she has a blood-borne virus infection must not undertake exposure-prone procedures.
Any infective student who knowingly undertakes an exposure-prone procedure or any student who in any other way endangers the health of patients will be reported to the Medical Board’s Impaired Practitioner Program. This may result in registration being withdrawn, which will result in expulsion from the Medicine Program. Such a student would also be subject to the University’s Student Misconduct procedures and may further be liable to criminal prosecution if a blood-borne virus is knowingly transmitted.
The Immunisation and Blood-borne Viruses policy can be accessed on our UNSW Medicine Policies website.
Student Registration with the National Medical Board
All Medicine program students must at all times during enrolment be registered with the Medical Board of Australia, in accordance with the Medical Practice Act 1992. Registration at the commencement of Year 1 will be organised by the Medical Education and Student Office. If a student fails to maintain registration (e.g. if it is made subject to a restrictive condition because of an impairment suffered by the student) which results in the student being prohibited from undertaking clinical studies or practice, the student will be excluded from the Medicine program.
For more details on student registration please visit the Medical Board of Australia Student Registration website.
As well as student registration, the National Medical Board also deals with notifications about students. Notifications can include students whose health is impaired, have been charged with an offence, or have contravened a condition of student registration. For further details see the AHPRA Notifications & Outcomes website.
Working with Children
Under the new Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012, work as a student in the course of a student clinical placement in a hospital or other health service is as of 15 June 2013 exempt from the definition of child related work. Therefore students undertaking a clinical placement will no longer be required to sign a Working with Children Check declaration.
Registration, Internship and Provider Number
Students, including New Zealand citizens, who will not be Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents at the time of enrolment may not automatically be entitled to registration, internship and access to a provider number in Australia. If they wish to stay in Australia after graduation, they should make their own enquiries regarding their situation related to these matters as they lie beyond the control of UNSW Medicine.
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