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Immunisation

It is a requirement of the enabling Agreement that allows students to undertake clinical/fieldwork placements in Health Department of Western Australia facilities that you are screened for and vaccinated against the following conditions before you go on placement. Information about the conditions is from the Australian Immunisation Handbook.

As well as offering protection to patients and clients, these requirements support the University's commitment to take all reasonable steps for the protection of students from dangerous communicable diseases during the period of the student's enrolment at Curtin.

Conscientious objection

Curtin has to advise a health facility if you refuse, on the basis of conscientious objection, to be screened and/or vaccinated against the above conditions. If there is a risk that patient safety may be compromised, you may be refused access to the facility and so prejudice successfully completing your course of study.

Screening/vaccination schedule

Information about when vaccinations are needed during a course are shown in the following table, including the need for an annual influenza vaccination. Some vaccinations, such as hepatitis B, need multiple inoculations over a period of time before immunity is achieved so that screening and vaccination should be planned early. TB screening should be completed before you receive vaccines for other conditions because of possible interactive effects.

Your vaccinations should be complete BEFORE the semester and year (listed below) of your course.

  Tuberculosis Hepatitis B Varicella Measles, mumps, rubella Dipththeria, tetanus and pertussis Influenza
every year of clinical practice
Biomedical Sciences Semester 2, Year 2 Semester 2, Year 2 Semester 2, Year 2 Semester 2, Year 2 Semester 2, Year 2 Semester 2, Year 2
Oral Health Therapy Semester 2, Year 1 Semester 2, Year 1 Semester 2, Year 1 Semester 2, Year 1 Semester 2, Year 1 Semester 2, all years
Speech Pathology 
(BSpeech Path)
Semester 2, Year 2 At least two vaccinations prior to Semester 2, Year 2; the third vaccination and immunity prior to Semester 1, Year 3 Semester 2, Year 2 Semester 2, Year 2 Semester 2, Year 2 mid-Semester 1, years 3 & 4
Speech Pathology
(MSpeech Path)
Prior to semester 1, Year 1 At least two vaccinations prior to Semester 1, Year 1; the third vaccination and immunity prior to Semester 2, Year 1 Prior to semester 1, Year 1 Prior to semester 1, Year 1 Prior to semester 1, Year 1 mid-Semester 1, years 1 & 2
Nursing and Midwifery Semester 1, Year 1 At least two vaccinations prior to Semester 1, Year 1; the third vaccination and immunity prior to Semester 2, Year 1 Semester 1, Year 1 Semester 1, Year 1 Semester 1, Year 1 mid-Semesters 1 and 2, all years
Occupational Therapy   Semester 1,
Years 1 and 4
At least one vaccination prior to Semester 1, Years 1 and 4;
second and third vaccinations and immunity prior to Semester 2, Years 1 and 4
Semester 1,
Years 1 and 4
Semester 1,
Years 1 and 4
Semester 1,
Years 1 and 4
mid-Semester 1, all years
Occupational Therapy (MOT) Semester 1, Year 1 At least one vaccination prior to Semester 1, Year 1; second and third vaccinations and immunity prior to Semester 2,
Year 1
Semester 1, Year 1 Semester 1, Year 1 Semester 1, Year 1 mid-Semester 1, all years
Pharmacy
(BPharm)
End of Semester 1, Year 3 End of Semester 1, Year 3 End of Semester 1, Year 3 End of Semester 1, Year 3 End of Semester 1, Year 3 Annually beginning Year 3
Pharmacy
(MPharm)
End of Semester 2, Year 1 End of Semester2, Year 1 End of Semester 2, Year 1 End of Semester 2, Year 1 End of Semester 2, Year 1 Mid-Semester 1, Year 2
Physiotherapy (BSc) Semester 1, Year 1 At least two vaccinations before end of Semester 1. Third vaccination and post vaccination screen by end of Semester 2.  Semester 1, Year 1 Semester 1, Year 1 Semester 1, Year 1 Semester 1, all years
Physiotherapy (MPhysio) Study Period 1, Semester 1  Study Period 1, Semester 1  Study Period 1, Semester 1 Study Period 1, Semester 1 Study Period 1, Semester 1  Study Period 1, Semester 1
Psychology
(MPsych)
Semester 1, Year 2 Semester 1, Year 2 Semester 1, Year 2 Semester 1, Year 2 Semester 1, Year 2 Semester 1, all years
Psychology
(MHlthCouns; PGDipPsych)
Semester 1, Year 1 Semester 1, Year 1 Semester 1, Year 1 Semester 1, Year 1 Semester 1, Year 1 Semester 1, all years
Dietetics Semester 1, Year 1 At least two vaccinations prior to Semester 1, Year 1; the third vaccination and immunity prior to Semester 2, Year 1 Semester 1, Year 1 Semester 1, Year 1 Semester 1, Year 1 mid-Semester 1, all years

 

Screening and vaccinations are available from Curtin's Health Services or another health service. An appointment is necessary. TB testing is available from Curtin's Health Services, by appointment, before each semester. 

Costs

It should be noted that screening and vaccination costs are your responsibility and will vary for individual students, based on your immunisation history. The costs are an investment in your future because vaccination brings permanent benefits to your professional practice and to your personal well-being.

Records

You are strongly advised to keep a copy of your screening/vaccination history in a safe place.  Please take a photocopy of each completed form prior to handing to your school office.

For further details on agreements between Curtin University of Technology and Government of Western Australia Department of Health Public Hospitals please access the Students Clinical Placements at Public Hospitals - Agreements website.