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COVID-19 and clinical placements

Roll-out of COVID-19 vaccination for students attending clinical placements with Queensland Health

As there is significant demand for the COVID-19 vaccine, priority groups have been identified by considering current public health, medical, and epidemiological evidence and risk of contracting COVID-19.

Students attending clinical placement in Queensland Health facilities have been identified to have the same risk of contracting COVID-19 as ‘other healthcare workers’ and will be included in Phase 1b of the COVID-19 vaccine national roll-out strategy.

Students should liaise with their education provider, in the first instance, for information regarding vaccination application and delivery.

Clinical placements during response to COVID-19

Queensland Health remains supportive of the continuation of clinical placements where there is capacity to do so.  It is important that students requiring clinical placements, as an integral component of their health education programs, are able to complete these, to enable the ongoing growth of the health workforce and minimal disruption to student learning.

As future health professionals, students can make a very positive contribution to Queensland’s response at this time, and the potential lessons from a significant health event are invaluable. Queensland Health’s priority is the care, physical, and psychological safety of patients, staff, and students, and these matters will continue to be central in any decisions related to clinical placements during this health event.

National principles for clinical education during the COVID-19 pandemic have been agreed and may be found at https://www.ahpra.gov.au/News/COVID-19.aspx. Please discuss any concerns regarding your clinical placement with your education provider, in the first instance.

Border restrictions and interstate students

Please be aware of any Queensland border restrictions which may have potential implications for interstate students. Current information may be found at https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/public-health-directions/border-restrictions.

Clinical placements in aged care facilities during COVID-19

The Australian Government requires vaccination against influenza for employees working in residential aged care facilities (RACF). This requirement applies to students. For recording purposes, vaccination details may be entered under “other recommended vaccinations” on the appropriate Student Orientation Checklist.

Current and revoked Chief Health Officer public health directions may be found at https://www.health.qld.gov.au/system-governance/legislation/cho-public-health-directions-under-expanded-public-health-act-powers.

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. Updates may be found at https://www.ahpra.gov.au/News.aspx.

COVID-19 (coronavirus) – general information

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

Last updated: 24 February 2021