Faculty of Health & Behavioural Sciences
Coursework (by Academic Unit)
Department of Biomedical Science
Master of Science
Graduate Diploma in Science
in Occupational Health and Safety
Department of Nursing
Department of Psychology
Graduate School of Public Health
Smart Foods Centre
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 health.
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
prior to 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
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
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
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.