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Vaccine preventable disease risk roles

A Vaccine preventable disease (VPD) risk role is a role in which the incumbent may be exposed to the risk of acquisition and/or transmission of a VPD.

The majority of frontline clinical roles within Queensland Health are VPD risk roles.

Queensland Heath encourages all employees to be vaccinated as recommended in accordance with the recommendations of The Australian Immunisation Handbook as is amended from time to time.

The hepatitis B requirement that already applies to existing Queensland Health staff, contractors and volunteers remains unchanged. 

Non-Queensland Health workers

The following workers may be engaged by a Hospital and Health Service or the Department of Health, to undertake a VPD risk role:

  • contractors
  • labour hire
  • agency staff
  • service providers
  • students
  • work experience placements
  • locums
  • visiting medical officers (contractor)
  • volunteers.

Existing staff

Existing employees will only be affected if they apply for a role in a different entity. That is, in a Hospital or Health Service (HHS), or if moving from a HHS to the Department of Health, or vice versa.

Note: The current requirement in relation to hepatitis B has not changed.

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Last updated: 25 May 2017