Clinical placements during response to COVID-19
24/08/2020: 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 recently 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
28/07/2020: Please be aware of the Queensland border restrictions which have potential implication 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
29/07/2020: The Australian Government requires vaccination against influenza for employees working in residential aged care facilities (RACF). This requirement applies to students, who continue to be able to enter a RACF for the purposes of clinical placements (on the basis that they are providing health/medical services). 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).
iLearn have created a new program called Program: Clinical Student Placement which includes mandatory orientation modules:
- Clinical placement student orientation course
- Health safety and wellbeing induction
- Building emergency procedures and first-response evacuation instructions
- Occupational violence prevention fundamentals
- Prevention and management of musculoskeletal disorders.
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.