Vaccine preventable disease screening for contractors, students and volunteers
Directive number: QH-HSD-047:2016
Effective date: 5 October 2022
Review date: 5 October 2025
Supersedes: Version 2
On this page:
- Mandatory requirements
- Related or governing legislation, policy and agreements
- Supporting documents
- Business area contact
- Approval and implementation
- Definitions of terms used in this directive
- Version control
The purpose of this health service directive is to specify the mandatory vaccine preventable disease screening requirements for contractors, students and volunteers.
This directive applies to all hospital and health services.
- Patient and staff safety: workers who are protected against vaccine preventable diseases reduce the risk of acquisition or transmission of vaccine preventable diseases thus reducing the risk of preventable harm.
- Consistency: aligning with the recommendations in The Australian immunisation handbook as updated from time to time.
- Due care and diligence: ensuring the requirements of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Qld) and Public Health Act 2005 (Qld) are met.
Hospital and health services included in the scope of this directive shall achieve the following outcomes:
- a consistent approach to vaccine preventable disease screening for contractors, students and volunteers across hospital and health services.
- Hospital and health services must comply with the requirements set out in the health service directive protocol: Vaccine preventable disease screening for contractors students and volunteers as in force from time to time.
Related or governing legislation, policy and agreements
- Hospital and Health Boards Act 2011 (Qld)
- Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Qld)
- Public Health Act 2005 (Qld)
- Information Privacy Act 2009 (Qld)
- Public Records Act 2002 (Qld)
- Health service directive protocol for vaccine preventable disease screening for contractors, students and volunteers—as in force from time to time
- Vaccination of healthcare workers guideline (PDF 643 kB)—as in force from time to time. (It is recommended that hospital and health services follow the best practice recommendations contained within this guideline.)
- The Australian immunisation handbook—as updated from time to time
- Tuberculosis control health service directive
- Tuberculosis control health service directive protocol
- Student placement deed—group A education providers
- Student placement deed—group B education providers
- Staff vaccination guides: Healthcare workforce vaccination programs
For vaccine preventable disease screening and reporting requirements for Queensland Health employees and non-employees engaged by the Department of Health refer to:
- Health Employment Directive No. 01/16: Vaccine preventable diseases (VPD) requirements (PDF 290 kB)
- Human Resources Policy B1: Recruitment and selection (PDF 661 kB)
- Health Employment Directive No. 12/21: Employee COVID-19 vaccination requirements (PDF 242 kB)
- Human Resources Policy B70: Employee COVID-19 vaccination requirements (PDF 296 kB)
Business area contact
- Communicable Diseases Branch
- (07) 3328 9728
This health service directive will be reviewed at least every three years.
Date of last review: 1 September 2022
Supersedes: Version 2
Approval and implementation
Dr Alun Richards
Acting Executive Director, Communicable Diseases Branch
Approval by Chief Executive
Acting Director-General, Queensland Health
Approval date: 5 October 2022
Issued under section 47 of the Hospital and Health Boards Act 2011 (Qld).
Definitions of terms used in this directive
|Term||Definition / explanation / details||Source|
Contractor means a person engaged to perform services (clinical or non-clinical) within Hospital and Health Services as an independent Contractor, including:
For the avoidance of doubt, this Health Service Directive will apply to any new Contractors and any Contractor who is currently employed or engaged to perform services within Hospital and Health Services and whose contract is to be renewed.
Any person who is a student at a school, university, TAFE, or other secondary or tertiary education provider undertaking work experience or placement within Hospital and Health Services.
|Vaccine preventable disease screening|
An assessment process to ascertain if an individual has been vaccinated for the required vaccine preventable disease(s). This must include:
Both are not necessarily required. This may vary depending on individual immune response or on individual circumstances and/or medical advice.
|Volunteer||An individual who supports Hospital and Health Services either through direct contact with patients or other activities without financial gain or reward.|
Vaccine preventable diseases.
For further information, please see The Australian immunisation handbook as updated from time to time.
|2.0||01/09/2019||CDIM||Review version. Updated related legislation and related documents. New definition added.|
|3.0||01/09/2022||CDB||Review version. New template. Updated related legislation and related documents.|