Special Requirements

Western Sydney University medical students must comply with the requirements listed below to be eligible to undertake clinical placements in the NSW Health facilities.

Very soon after commencing studies, you will be advised of the date, time and venue for the NSW Health Compliance Checking Day. On that day, you will be required to bring along the documentation listed below. It is recommended that students have this documentation prepared prior to commencement of studies.

Note: Any missing or incorrect documentation may result in delays to your commencing clinical studies. A NSW Health Compliance Officer will discuss this with you on the day and provide advice on when/how to address missing or incomplete documentation.

Required documentation

All students will need to present the following documentation at the NSW Health Compliance Checking Day:

You must present your original police check document plus one photo copy.

NSW residents: Apply for a police check via the NSW National Police Check Online website using their online application form. Please keep the following in mind when you complete the application:

  • When asked for the "type of check", chose the "name and date of birth check". The cost is approx. $50. Do not apply for the fingerprint check (approx. $180) or the volunteer check (approx. $15).
  • When asked for the "purpose of the check", chose "employment/student placement" from the dropdown menu. When asked to specify details, type "medicine student" in the text box.

Other residents: Apply for a police check on the Australian Federal Police website using their online application form. Please keep the following in mind when you complete the application:

  • When asked for the "purpose type", chose "commonwealth employment/purpose" from the dropdown menu.
  • When asked for the "purpose of check", chose "37 - care of children/intellectually disabled/aged care staff/volunteers" from the dropdown menu.

International students: In addition to the National Police Check from Australia, international students are required to present either:

  • a police check from their home country which must be an original document, written in the English language. If it is written in another language, you must bring an English translation done by a NAATI accredited translator;
  • statutory declaration form (opens in new window). Please note that this form must be signed by you and witnessed by a Justice of the Peace (JP) in Australia.

The Code of Conduct sets standards of ethical and professional conduct in NSW Health.

Please download and read the full Code of Conduct, then sign the declaration on the final page.

Complete Form 2 (page 25 of "Information Sheet 4 – Important requirements for students in relation to Assessment, Screening & Vaccination" on the NSW Health Website).

Complete Form 3 (page 25 of "Information Sheet 4 – Important requirements for students in relation to Assessment, Screening & Vaccination" on the NSW Health Website).

Protecting yourself and patients is a critical component of your clinical experience. NSW Health have determined that you must be immunised against a range of specified diseases.Your vaccination records should have the batch number recorded or sticker applied. The vaccination provider signature (doctor's signature) and practice stamp are required. Serology results recorded on a vaccination card require a signature and stamp. A copy of the serology report is preferred.  Evidence must be legible and written in English.
  
For comprehensive information and instructions, please refer to Information Sheet 2 - Checklist: Evidence required from Category A applicants (page 20 of "Information Sheet 4 – Important requirements for students in relation to Assessment, Screening & Vaccination").

For more details, please access the NSW Health Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination Against Specified Infectious Diseases Policy.

You will need your original student identification card, which can be obtained from Student Central, (building 5 of Campbelltown Campus), any time after you have enrolled.

You must retain the original card – copies will not be accepted.

The following two requirements must also be met as outlined

Whilst this check is not required for NSW Health Compliance Checking Day, it is a mandatory requirement for students who undertake placements in Aged Care Facilities or entering certain child-related facilities. This check is free and is valid for 5 years. To read comprehensive information and access the form, please visit the NSW Government - Office of the Children's Guardian.

As part of the online enrolment process you will be asked to comply with the requirement of gaining a First Aid Certificate (Apply First Aid) prior to the end of Semester 1, Year 1. Whilst you can choose and attend your own course, the university will be running courses for First Aid on campus in the early weeks of semester 1. You must have a current first aid certificate at least until the end of Year 2 of the MD.

To access more information about courses run through the university, please visit the University Store. Once you have received your original First Aid Certificate, please present it to staff in student central office on any campus. Once sighted by staff, your records will be updated on the student system and you can keep the original document.