Double Degrees (Health & Behavioural Sciences)
Students may combine their Heath and Behavioural Sciences studies
with studies in a number of other faculties and qualify for the
award of two degrees. Double degrees are designed for students
to complete two degrees in less time than it would normally take.
Double degrees are offered with Commerce and Law, and may be
available with other faculties after consultation with the Sub-Deans.
- Students must seek advice and approval from both faculties.
- Candidates must satisfy the entry requirements of both degree
- Double degrees, where both degrees are normally of three
years duration will be a minimum of 216 credit points and take
a mimimum of four years to complete.
- Double degrees, where one of the degrees is normally of four
years duration will be a minimum of 264 credit points and take
a minimum of five years to complete.
- Students may be given exemptions where equivalences exist
For all double degrees, candidates are required to complete
subjects from the Health and Behavioural Sciences schedule, including
core subjects and subjects to satisfy the requirements of one
of the Health and Behavioural Sciences majors or degrees. Candidates
should be aware that the number of credit points required by
each major varies.
Candidates must also satisfy the requirements for the second
degree, which would usually include a major study.
Criminal Record Checks
As part of the 'whole of government' approach to child protection,
the NSW Department of Health requires all students in health
related courses to undergo a criminal record check. The criminal
record check shall be completed before a student can attend any
clinical placement in a Public Health facility. Students need
to give their consent to such a check and will submit a signed
consent form through their university. Consent forms are available
from universities. Checks are done through the NSW Police Service
and coordinated by the Department of Health. At present there
is no cost to either the student or university for this service.
When the check is completed the student will be issued with a
Clearance Letter, which has to be produced whenever they attend
a clinical placement. The Letter must not be photocopied or duplicated
in any way. Lost, mislaid or mutilated Clearance Letters are
replaced on application from the student with payment of a fee.
If a student receives a positive result from the check it will
not necessarily exclude them from a clinical placement. Each
situation will be individually assessed in a confidential consultation
between the student and a representative of the Department of
An additional requirement came into effect with new child protection
legislation enacted in July 2000. The university will provide
another form to the student called the Prohibited Employment
Declaration. The Declaration must also be completed before any
clinical placement. The completed and signed declaration is returned
to the university and will be held by us. The Health Department
does not issue or administer this form.
Students required to complete clinical training in the NSW hospital
system will be subject to various guidelines and procedures laid
down for health workers by the NSW Department of Health, including
guidelines regarding infectious diseases. In the hospital system,
you will be exposed to a large number and variety of individuals,
some of whom may have a communicable disease such as tuberculosis,
measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, poliomyelitis, HIV or Hepatitis
B. This may place you at risk of acquiring one of these diseases.
In other cases, if you have a communicable disease, you may place
your clients at risk.
For your protection, and for the protection of your potential
clients, you are recommended to have vaccinations before you
begin clinical work. Evidence of your vaccination status may
be required by certain clinical placements / agencies before
attendance. If your vaccinations are incomplete, opportunities
for placement may be limited and your progress in the course
could be affected. Some categories of health care workers - nurses,
doctors, dentists, dental technicians, podiatrists and physiotherapists - also
have regulated individual responsibility with regard to infection
control. You should familiarise yourself with these responsibilities.
Health care workers who are either HIV antibody positive or Hepatitis
B e-antigen or Hepatitis B DNA positive or Hepatitis C PCR positive
must not perform exposure prone procedures. Expert medical advice
should be obtained by infected people on their infectious status
and the extent to which this may limit their clinical practice.