Government Policies

There are several State and Federal Government policies our students need to be aware of and adhere to: 

All medical students working within NSW Health facilities must comply with requirements when undertaking clinical placements or using NSW Health facilities as part of their study. Compliance to NSW Health requirements is required for the duration of your studies.

There are documents and vaccinations that you’ll need to organise in the year before you start your study with us.

To see the full list of NSW Health requirements, go to NSW Health Requirements.

Enrolment in the UNSW Medicine degree program requires you to comply with our Immunisation and Blood-borne Viruses Policy. The aim of this policy is 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. 

You’ll also be required to register with the NSW Medical Board. The board requires anyone potentially undertaking exposure-prone procedures to be aware of their infective status regarding blood-borne viruses. 

If you’re aware you have a blood-borne virus or infection you cannot undertake exposure-prone procedures. 

An infective student who knowingly undertakes an exposure-prone procedure or endangers the health of patients will be reported to the Medical Board’s Impaired Practitioner program. Consequences can include loss of board registration, expulsion from the Medicine degree program and in some cases criminal prosecution. The student would be also subject to UNSW’s Student Misconduct procedures if a blood-borne virus is knowingly transmitted.  

The Immunisation and Blood-borne Viruses policy can be accessed with UNSW Medicine Policies.  

As a medicine student at UNSW, you must be registered with the Medical Board of Australia at all times during your study. This is in accordance with the Medical Practice Act 1992. When you commence your degree the Medical Education and Student Office will organise registration. 

If you’re prohibited from undertaking clinical studies or practice after failing to maintain your registration, you’ll be excluded from the Medicine program at UNSW. 

More information can be found at the Medical Board of Australia Student Registration.

The National Medical Board also deals with notifications about students such as health impairments, being charged with an offence or breaching conditions of registration. You can learn more through AHPRA Notifications & Outcomes.

If you’re not an Australian citizen or permanent resident at the time of enrolment, you might not be automatically entitled to registration, internship and access to a provider number in Australia. If you intend to practice medicine in Australia after graduation, you’ll need to enquire with the relevant bodies: 

The New South Wales Department of Health has a policy that all students undertaking clinical placements (which includes all Teaching Hospitals used by UNSW in its Medicine Program) must undergo an Australian National Criminal Record Check prior to placement in the NSW Health System.

Students must note that clinical placement in the NSW Health System is a substantial and essential element in the UNSW Medicine Program. Students who fail to satisfy the requirements of this criminal record check at any point during their enrolment will be excluded from the Program. Depending upon the circumstances at the time, students may be eligible to transfer to another Program of the University.

Students currently living overseas are also required to undergo a criminal record check from their country of residence.

Students need to apply for a National Criminal Record Check and finalise the process prior to the commencement of clinical placements in Week 8 of Year 1. Students are not permitted to commence clinical placements until a National Police Certificate showing no criminal offences has been provided to NSW Department of Health Staff who verify student compliance with NSW Health regulations.

Information on obtaining a National Police Certificate and other NSW Health requirements can be found on the Medicine program website.