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COVID-19 and clinical placements

Clinical placements requirements during heightened community cases of COVID-19 in Queensland

Queensland Health acknowledges clinical placements are an integral component of student learning within health education programs. Queensland Health is committed to supporting clinical placements where there is capacity, to enable the ongoing growth of the health workforce and minimal disruption to student learning.

As the pandemic affects the health and education sectors in varying ways as community transmission occurs across Queensland, additional protections for patients, staff, and students may be required. Further information may be found on the Frequently Asked Questions – COVID-19 and clinical placements.

Students are encouraged to first contact their education provider if they have additional queries regarding their clinical placement.

The use of respirators while on clinical placements

Wearing of fit-tested respirators is a requirement for students attending clinical placements in Queensland Health facilities where there is a high risk of exposure to an airborne infectious agent and where heightened personal protective equipment protocols are in effect. Further information can be found on the Frequently Asked Questions – COVID-19 and clinical placements.

Clinical placements restrictions in Queensland

Full vaccination against COVID-19 is now required for all clinical placements in Queensland Health facilities, and areas affected by current public health Directions.

Single Directions should not be read without consideration of other Directions in effect. Please refer to the Queensland Government website for the current Chief Health Officer public health directions.

Students whose clinical placement may be affected by these Directions should contact their education provider in the first instance to discuss placement completion options.

COVID-19 (coronavirus) - information for registered professions

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) and the National Boards routinely release information for professions registered under the National Regulation and Accreditation Scheme. Ahpra News may provide further relevant profession specific updates.

COVID-19 (coronavirus) – general information

The Australian Government Department of Health has released factsheets in relation to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Last updated: 15 June 2022