Immunisation

Immunisation is a mandatory requirement across all healthcare placement providers. In order to progress to clinical placement, you must be screened and provide evidence of your immunisation status. Non-compliance with the Health Care Workers Immunisation Policy will prevent you from progressing to clinical placement.

Immunisation guidelines

The Immunisation for Health Care Workers in South Australia Policy Directive 2017 defines the minumum standards required to minimise the risk of transmission of vaccine preventable diseases.

Download the policy

Immunisation requirements for UniSA placement

UniSA's Immunisation Requirements for Placement package provides details of the required immunisations. 

Download the package

Conditional evidence requirements - immunisations

UniSA Video

Satisfying immunisation requirements


Tuberculosis screening

You must undertake screening for Tuberculosis (TB) with SA Tuberculosis Services prior to placement at any SA Health or private partner sites. This screening is a mandatory South Australian Government requirement and students not screened will be removed from placement at these sites.

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    • Health Care students must complete the online tuberculosis screening questionnaire.
      Should you have any difficulties accessing or completing the online questionnaire, please email satb@adelaide.on.net

    • After completion of the questionnaire, you will receive an email from SATB advising you of further instructions to complete your tuberculosis screening. 
      * Once you have completed and submitted the questionnaire, please remember to check your email for your screening results.

    • Students must complete the the Student Health Care Worker Immunisation Screening Questionnaire and Certificate of Compliance, found in the UniSA Immunisation Requirements for Placement package. Submit your completed and signed Certificate of Compliance (page 7 & 8 in the package) in accordance with your program-specific student checklist.

    • Keep a hard copy of the Certificate of Compliance and tuberculosis screening results in your Passport to Placement Folder, ready for the commencement of your placement.
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    In most cases, the screening is valid for five years unless:

    • You have been exposed to someone with TB
    • You have extensively travelled/worked abroad in a high-risk country 
    • You have completed an overseas placement
    • You are allocated to a venue where a more recent screening is mandatory.
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    If you have previously been screened at SA TB Services, you do not need to be re-screened. Students who have been exposed to someone with TB, have extensively travelled/worked abroad in a high-risk country, or have completed an overseas placement since their last screening, must complete the process outlined above. Students who are allocated to a venue where a more recent screening is mandatory may need to be re-screened.

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    If the questionnaire indicates a student is a high risk category alert after completing online questionnaire, they will be contacted and directed to make an appointment at the Chest Clinic.

    The student will then follow the same process as pre-employment at SA Health.  They will have a Tuberculin Skin Test and/or Chest X-ray. If latent TB monitored on a six month basis, follow-up X-ray and antibiotics. If active TB they will be admitted into hospital and treated; people they have been in contact will also be screened.  Skin test is not undertaken on Wednesday, because they need to report two days after for result interpretation.

    Students should not complete the online questionnaire again because they have lost or deleted their original confirmation email.

    Queries can be directed to:

    Michelle Brigham, SA TB services, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide, SA
    Emailmichelle.brigham@health.sa.gov.au

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    If you have any queries, please contact SA TB Services on (08) 7117 2967.  Do not contact the CPU or UniSA about whether your past screening is sufficient, as only SA TB Services can make this decision and will do so based on the information you provide in the survey.

    Tuberculosis FAQ (PDF 126KB)