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Preparing for your clinical placement

All students must complete orientation before commencing a placement within a Queensland Health facility. You will not be able to commence your placement until your orientation is completed.

Orientation requirements are the same for all students, regardless of the educational facility or health program in which they are enrolled. Your orientation is separated into two parts:

Part 1 requires you to do something (such as undertake a course or provide information to your education provider), and

Part 2 requires you to be aware of and adhere to certain behaviours and knowledge while attending your clinical placement.

Part 1

Legal checks to be undertaken

General criminal history check

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Aged care criminal history check

If your placement is in an aged care facility and you will, or are reasonably likely to, have access to aged care recipients as part of your clinical placement, you are required to undergo an aged care criminal history check. You will not be able to start your placement until you have received a positive notice.

Blue card

Blue cards are issued by the Queensland Government Public Safety Business Agency. Your education provider placement coordinator will advise if you are required to provide health services to children as part of your placement and whether you are required to apply for a blue card.  If required, your education provider will organise the blue card for you. You will not be able to start your placement until you have received a positive notice.

Corrective services criminal history check

Your Queensland Health supervisor will organise a Corrective Services criminal history check if your placement is scheduled to take place within an area providing health services in a corrective services facility.

Immunisation evidence and infection prevention

Access to Queensland Health facilities may be restricted or denied if students do not meet the immunisation and infection requirements.

Mandatory vaccinations

Mandatory vaccination requirements apply to the majority of frontline clinical roles (including students) within Queensland Health. Read more about the new mandatory vaccination requirements, including information about:

Tuberculosis risk assessment

Before commencing a clinical placement in a Queensland Health facility, students must complete a TB risk assessment questionnaire, in cooperation with their education provider's placement coordinator.

Infection prevention

All students need to be aware of and comply with Queensland Health’s policies and guidelines related to infection prevention to ensure their own personal safety and that of patients and staff. This includes information about standard precautions, sharps safety, and broader infection management advice.

Online learning: work health and safety

Before commencing a placement, you are required to access the iLearn@QHealth learning management system and register as a student.  iLearn have created a new program called “Program: Clinical Student Placement” that includes the mandatory orientation modules of Clinical Placement Student Orientation Course, Health Safety and Wellbeing Induction, Building Emergency Procedures/First-response evacuation instructions, Occupational Violence Prevention Fundamentals, and Prevention and Management of Musculoskeletal Disorders. You must successfully complete the mandatory course/s before commencing your clinical placement.

See the Clinical Student Placement course/s available in iLearn. 

Please note:  As with most iLearn modules, the name of the courses may change as the lessons are updated with 2020 versions; however, some 2019 courses contain the 2020 release.  Please check this before searching for the 2020 courses.

You will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the training and must retain this and provide it to your education provider and/or Queensland Health supervisor, as requested.

Part 2

Codes of conduct and cultural practice

Queensland Public Service Code of Conduct

The Code of Conduct for the Queensland Public Service applies to all permanent, temporary, full-time, part-time, or casual Queensland Health employees, volunteers, students, contractors, consultants and anyone who works in any other capacity for Queensland Health.

The Code reflects four ethics principles:

  1. Integrity and impartiality
  2. Promoting the public good
  3. Commitment to the system of government
  4. Accountability and transparency.

Please read the Code of Conduct for more information.

National Code of Conduct for Health Care Workers (Queensland)

The National Code of Conduct for Health Care Workers (Queensland) (Queensland Code) applies to health care workers who are:

  • not required to be registered under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (including de-registered health practitioners)
  • registered health practitioners under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law and who provide health services that are unrelated to their registration.

In Queensland, a health service is as defined in Section 7 of the Health Ombudsman Act 2013.

The Queensland Code also applies to students meeting the above criteria.

Please ensure that you are aware of your obligations: review the Queensland Code and supporting documents.

Providing culturally appropriate health services

The following documents will assist you in providing culturally appropriate health services:

Privacy, confidentiality, and documentation

Patient trust is critical to providing high quality health care. As a student, you will have access to sensitive patient information. Queensland Health places an extremely high importance on maintaining patient confidentiality.


The Queensland Right to Information Act 2009 (Qld) (PDF, 1MB) sets out the provisions for access to non-personal information held by Queensland government departments.


Queensland Health is bound by strict obligations in relation to the disclosure of patient identifying information. For more information, refer to Part 7 of the Hospital and Health Boards Act 2011 (Qld) (PDF, 918KB). Anyone being educated or trained at a public sector health service facility as part of the requirements for the following are bound by that legislation:

  1. registration, enrolment or other authorisation (however described) to practice as a health professional
  2. completion of a course of study qualifying a person for registration, enrolment or authorisation mentioned in (1).

Any disclosure of patient identifying information can only be permitted where one of the limited exceptions to our duty of confidentiality permits such disclosure. Once bound, you will not be indemnified for confidentiality breaches.

Failure to comply with confidentiality obligations may result in termination of your placement and/or further legal action being taken against you by Queensland Health and/or the education provider.


Good clinical documentation is an integral part of patient care. Further information will be provided to you by your Queensland Health supervisor when you commence your placement.

Last updated: 12 November 2019